[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Funded PhD position in Morphological Computation/Soft Robotics at University of Bristol (immediately available )

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Funded PhD position in Morphological Computation/Soft Robotics at University of Bristol (immediately available )

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The University of Bristol invites applications from talented students for a funded PhD position in Morphological Computation/Soft Robotics.

The successful candidate will be part of a recently started interdisciplinary, research collaboration between University of Bristol and University of Oxford. This is a 3-year project funded by Leverhulme Trust (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.leverhulme.ac.uk&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=9u4F3SQ-IL5f-vzzQCuDpfqsWubfrRHhIG5XRSBkzhQ&s=tuPTqdk6H1MZ9V8eGRnSqTswuNwA6aXMjazZpdcozY4&e=  <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.leverhulme.ac.uk_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=9u4F3SQ-IL5f-vzzQCuDpfqsWubfrRHhIG5XRSBkzhQ&s=cy4oSclH-rEmRrB7KCV46NDdjZo3tCqNGCQS6Tb6Quk&e= >) with the title

 “Computing with spiders’ webs – An inspiration for new sensors and robots”.
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The project combines biological experimentation, simulation and mathematical modelling to understand the underlying computational principles observable in spiders’ webs, with the goal to infer disruptive designs for novel flow and vibration sensor technologies.

The role of this PhD is to use experimental data from naturally spun webs to develop (i) mathematical models of occurring vibration patterns and (ii) a sophisticated simulation framework allowing us to understand, explore, and design morphological computation based sensor structures.

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The Morphological Computation group
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The successful candidate will be a part of the recently established Morphological Computation group led by Helmut Hauser, which has currently 8 active members and is growing fast. We investigate various aspects of morphological computation in theory, simulations and by building prototypes. Current projects include learning through adaptive morphology, artificially growing robots, mechanically computing swarms, morphological computation based interfaces, and others. We have a range of international collaborations including substantial partnerships with top UK universities like Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial London and strong international contacts in Europe, USA, and Japan. We are working highly interdisciplinary, which is also reflected in our collaborations with researchers from Biology, Architecture, and Art.

The group is part of the Softlab (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bristol.ac.uk_engineering_research_softlab_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=9u4F3SQ-IL5f-vzzQCuDpfqsWubfrRHhIG5XRSBkzhQ&s=rcwOyuJlliX1Nd3VilpHrIG-FhUbWd-4nnpgrDaFDZ4&e=  <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bristol.ac.uk_engineering_research_softlab_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=9u4F3SQ-IL5f-vzzQCuDpfqsWubfrRHhIG5XRSBkzhQ&s=rcwOyuJlliX1Nd3VilpHrIG-FhUbWd-4nnpgrDaFDZ4&e= >), which is one of the internationally leading research groups in Soft Robotics. We are also part of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL, www.brl.ac.uk <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.brl.ac.uk_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=9u4F3SQ-IL5f-vzzQCuDpfqsWubfrRHhIG5XRSBkzhQ&s=rqnIBszRLQ2JditMsNgMGEAUbo_4DgNZgyWLRycQ2b0&e= >), which is the largest centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK.

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Candidate requirements
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive student with either a first or high 2:1 honours degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Robotics or similar.

A strong mathematical background in nonlinear dynamical systems and excellent programming skills are required. Furthermore, outstanding written and oral communication skills are needed.

In addition, experience in implementation of physical simulations, knowledge of the context of morphological computation and its implications in robotics, working experience in multidisciplinary projects, and experience in dissemination and public engagement is beneficial, but not essential.

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Funding
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The scholarship covers full UK/EU PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£14,296 in 2016/17).

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How to apply
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Please make an online application for this project at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bris.ac.uk_pg-2Dhowtoapply&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=9u4F3SQ-IL5f-vzzQCuDpfqsWubfrRHhIG5XRSBkzhQ&s=6sxqTkGNZtRGLfDG_3U6ZFtq6UePBDn5EJBnVjmURLQ&e=  <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bris.ac.uk_pg-2Dhowtoapply&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=9u4F3SQ-IL5f-vzzQCuDpfqsWubfrRHhIG5XRSBkzhQ&s=6sxqTkGNZtRGLfDG_3U6ZFtq6UePBDn5EJBnVjmURLQ&e= >. Please select <Engineering Mathematics> on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form with the name of the supervisor.

For any enquiries, please contact me via [hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]>.


Best regards,
Helmut


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Helmut Hauser, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Robotics (Assistant Professor)
Department of Engineering Mathematics
University of Bristol
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Admission Tutor for MSc Robotics University of Bristol
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Bristol Robotics Laboratory
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