[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD/Postdoc/Research Engineer positions in NEUrorobotic Technology for advanced Robot mOtor coNtrol (NEUTRON)

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD/Postdoc/Research Engineer positions in NEUrorobotic Technology for advanced Robot mOtor coNtrol (NEUTRON)

Poramate Manoonpong
Institute of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface Engineering (IBSS) at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__iao.nuaa.edu.cn_&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QL-VYXG9tSEHq7KLlRnAFs3TI2q0_T_Pkp2sZaMPakE&s=kkEdLIj8SGzWKTQv4wonRqWZhmh-0kCYawHWDkcrtQY&e=), Nanjing, China, is offering:

PhD/Postdoc/Research Engineer positions for up to three years with highly competitive salary.

The starting date is from 1st September 2018 (or as soon as possible after this). Applications will be considered continuously until the positions are filled.

Institute of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface Engineering (IBSS, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ibss.nuaa.edu.cn_&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QL-VYXG9tSEHq7KLlRnAFs3TI2q0_T_Pkp2sZaMPakE&s=61i5vuSdryNG1vOzEtrN16t9lsJU__33tXBDiYnFJ_E&e= ) at NUAA, founded in 2002, is an interdisciplinary (mechanical engineering, control science, and engineering, biology, aerospace engineering, et al.) research center. The research interests include animal locomotion, bio-inspired robotics, neurosciences, lightweight multifunctional materials, and surface engineering. The institution insistently focuses on frontier science exploration and transformation of technologies, and now is one of the leading institutions in the area of bionic science and engineering in China.

The applicant will work on our exciting NEUTRON: "NEUrorobotic Technology for advanced Robot mOtor coNtrol" project (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__neutron.manoonpong.com&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QL-VYXG9tSEHq7KLlRnAFs3TI2q0_T_Pkp2sZaMPakE&s=kvT5NaV39QjNVth6lzQ-JDGJQaUqf_FNjeMXa1JVXi0&e=<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__neutron.manoonpong.com_&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QL-VYXG9tSEHq7KLlRnAFs3TI2q0_T_Pkp2sZaMPakE&s=uJR_7gaOj1ZISdLCGv52je7lx-vpzqSvAVPl1r2O_ps&e=> ) recently funded by the 1000-plan Program for Young Professionals of China.

The aim of the project is to develop advanced neural control systems for complex adaptive behaviors of multi-limbed robotic systems. The ultimate goal is to enable the robotic systems to perform complex tasks, e.g., locomotion in complex environments with autonomous learning, action planning, and decision-making capabilities.

The project is in collaboration with the Embodied AI and Neurorobotics Lab (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ens-2Dlab.sdu.dk_&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QL-VYXG9tSEHq7KLlRnAFs3TI2q0_T_Pkp2sZaMPakE&s=Cit73kAWbtya0NIz6qiUn4FyLw7tdEvoqXt8kW2lp58&e= ) at the University of Southern Denmark and the Computational Neuroscience Group (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.dpi.physik.uni-2Dgoettingen.de_cns_&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QL-VYXG9tSEHq7KLlRnAFs3TI2q0_T_Pkp2sZaMPakE&s=aaM4AAEaQdfwlWbeNfN6sEvwjaa9SBA4-MWFu_vrOZA&e=) at the University of Goettingen. Thus, the successful candidates will complement an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers from China, Denmark, and Germany with experience in biomimetic engineering, neurorobotics, computational neuroscience, and artificial intelligence.

There are two main tasks

Task1: The applicant will develop high-level neural control for autonomous lifelong learning, action planning, and decision-making of limbed robots.

Task2: The applicant will develop adaptive neuromechanical control with sensory feedback and online adaptation for stable and efficient climbing strategies of a gecko-like robot.

The applicant will be expected to have experience in some of the following topics:

-          Machine learning for robotics (e.g., reinforcement learning, deep learning),

-          Computational neuroscience,

-          Embodied artificial intelligence,

-          Neural control, learning, and plasticity

-          Bio-inspired robotics,

-          Locomotion control,

-          Walking/climbing robots,

-          Robotics

Additionally, the applicant should have good programming skills (e.g., C, C++), excellent writing skills, and be able to work independently. Familiarity with tools such as ROS, robot simulation (V-REP), TensorFlow,  MatLab, and Git is desirable.

The successful applicant for the position will be affiliated to Institute of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface Engineering (IBSS) at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China.

Degrees/desired profile: Master/PhD in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Robotics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computational Neuroscience, or an equivalent area.

An application must be in English and include:

A covering letter explaining his/her approach to the Task1 or 2

Curriculum Vitae

Certificates (Bachelor and Master's degree certificates for PhD position, and including PhD's degree certificate for Postdoc position)

At most three articles illustrating his/her publication record

List of publications indicating the publications attached

Please send the application by e-mail as a single PDF file to [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>

To get a better idea of related research, please visit www.manoonpong.com<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.manoonpong.com_&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QL-VYXG9tSEHq7KLlRnAFs3TI2q0_T_Pkp2sZaMPakE&s=CHrFHVnfVtW1QPI2Btt6JjqtWvYh4ftVZC94mMshC3k&e=>
Further information is available from
Prof. Poramate Manoonpong, email [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>

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