[Comp-neuro] Postdoc/PhD Position in Neural Robot Architectures

Herbert Jaeger h.jaeger at jacobs-university.de
Wed Aug 3 18:50:17 CEST 2011


Jacobs University Bremen announces an immediately fillable

POSTDOC/PhD RESEARCH POSITION IN NEURAL ARCHITECTURES FOR HUMANOID ROBOT 
CONTROL

The position is created within the integrated project "Adaptive Modular 
Architecture for Rich Motor Skills" (AMARSi, 
http://www.amarsi-project.eu/), funded by the European Commission within 
the 7th Framework Program "Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics". 
The consortium comprises ten European research groups from robotics, 
machine learning, computational neuroscience and behavioural 
neuroscience, providing a rich context for interdisciplinary research. 
The position is placed in the MINDS (Modeling of Intelligent Dynamical 
Systems) group of Herbert Jaeger (http://minds.jacobs-university.de).

The contract is limited to the end of the project in March 2014, with 
optional extension subject to availability of funding. The salary is 
highly competitive.

The AMARSi project investigates complex modular neurocontroller 
architectures for quadruped and humanoid robots, and strives to unite 
methods from robot engineering with insights from biological motor 
control. In the MINDS group, the emphasis is on the conceptual  (but 
rigorously formalized!) design and mathematical analysis of hierarchical 
motor control learning architectures based on recurrent neural networks, 
building on starting ideas in the spirit of reservoir computing 
(http://www.reservoir-computing.org).

Required qualifications:

     * a thorough and rigorous understanding of fundamental linear algebra,
     * familiarity with essential concepts from dynamical systems, at 
least on an intuitive level,
     * research experience in at least one of the following fields: 
control theory; machine learning; computational neuroscience; robotics; 
intelligent agent architectures; theory of complex dynamical systems,
     * good command of English,
     * interest in very interdisciplinary work.

For initiating an application, please email a short statement of 
motivation and a CV to Herbert Jaeger (h.jaeger at jacobs-university.de).

Jacobs University Bremen is an equal opportunity employer and has been 
certified “Family Friendly” by the Hertie-Stiftung.

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Dr. Herbert Jaeger

Professor for Computational Science
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Campus Ring
28759 Bremen, Germany

Phone (+49) 421 200 3215
Fax (+49) 421 200 49 3215
email  h.jaeger at jacobs-university.de

http://minds.jacobs-university.de
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