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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc in Tactile Robot Hands (Bristol Robotics Lab)

Nathan Lepora
*** closing date for applications: July 31 2017 ***
*** a member of our group (Ben Ward-Cherrier) is attending RSS and can
be approached informally about the post ***

The University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory invites
applications for an immediate position in Tactile Robot Hands.

The Tactile Robotics Group at Bristol Robotics Laboratory is looking
for an outstanding candidate to grow an important research strand
within the group on tactile robotic hands. This will complement our
strengths in developing novel 3d-printed tactile sensors and
artificial intelligence methods for robot touch.

Although a relatively new group, we have a strong track record in
publishing in the major robotics/AI journals and conferences,
including RSS, NIPS, IEEE Trans Robotics and regularly in ICRA/IROS,
and also computational neuroscience journals such as PLOS
Computational Biology. We recently won a competition in Soft Robotics,
and our 3d-printed tactile sensors and a tactile hand are on display
in the Science Museum, London.

The research group has expanded rapidly to approximately ten people
over the last few years from attracting a large number of PhD
candidates and interns, and is currently expanding further in
postdoctoral staff due to a major investment from the Leverhulme Trust
and the University of Bristol of over £2M.

The project has funding until April 2022, making this an ideal
position to develop a leading academic career in this important
research area.

Post details:
The successful candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary team on
the new Leverhulme-funded Leadership Award ‘A biomimetic forebrain for
robot touch’. £1M has been awarded by the Leverhume Trust, with a
similar contribution covered by the University of Bristol. These funds
will enable a 5-year project that will apply leading robotics,
artificial intelligence, neuroscience and psychology to develop a
biomimetic forebrain embodied on a 3D-printed tactile robot hand to
enable human-like tactile dexterity. This particular postdoc position
will focus on the design and application of the tactile robotic hands.

Applicant qualities:
This application is for a postdoctoral position (Research Associate)
in Tactile Robot Hands. The post-holder will complement and support
three other postdoctoral researchers and a technician, who will
collectively develop artificial intelligence methods for active touch
embodied on state-of-the-art tactile robot hands and link the progress
to a model of the mammalian forebrain involved in active touch in
animals.

You will hold (or will be expected to obtain soon) a strong PhD in a
discipline relevant to the project. In addition to an excellent
research track record in a related area to this project, you will also
have excellent communication and presentation skills, and a drive to
make impact with your research. You will also help supervise graduate
students and interns on projects related to your research.

Institution
The project will be based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory
(www.brl.ac.uk) the largest center for multi-disciplinary robotics
research in the UK with state-of-the-art workshops and robotic
hardware.
The post holder will be employed by the Faculty of Engineering at the
University of Bristol, ranked 3rd for general Engineering in the UK
(just after Oxford and Cambridge).
The city of Bristol is consistently ranked as the 'best place to live'
in the UK, e.g. as reported by the BBC
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bbc.co.uk_news_uk-2Dengland-2D39320118&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=rw-8RxlZWKIlmsI0E250N4y2mCRaKuQ4bg5UMSTXN1s&s=DQJfIFyZSyU5JGaDwmbvuTpgZiFjKSMkVVLN9f6Qe5g&e= ).

Further details:
It is anticipated that interviews will take place in August 2017, and
the anticipated start as soon as possible thereafter. This post is
full time for 2 years initially, with funds in place to extend the
position until April 2022.
Further information about the Leverhulme Award
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.lepora.com_leverhulme.htm&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=rw-8RxlZWKIlmsI0E250N4y2mCRaKuQ4bg5UMSTXN1s&s=37F2jKkJzxR6A-wbFCbXgxQEjWEVM4l4N_BkqbIh88c&e= ) and the activities of the
research group (www.lepora.com) can be found via these links.
Details and procedure to apply can be made through this link
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bristol.ac.uk_jobs_find_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=rw-8RxlZWKIlmsI0E250N4y2mCRaKuQ4bg5UMSTXN1s&s=8QUSMFXlfdpSrFJGAgwzAc4wLiXcgEhVgDVrqYs1siw&e=  with reference number ACAD102489
Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr. Nathan Lepora ([hidden email])
Closing date for applications: 31 July 2017

best wishes
Nathan

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Dr Nathan Lepora
Senior Lecturer in Engineering Maths & BRL Theme Leader in Tactile Robotics
Dept of Engineering Maths, Merchant Venturers Building, University of Bristol
Office (MVB2.50): 0117 3315169           Lab (BRL bays 3-5): 0117 3286171
@nathanlepora   lepora.com   bristol.ac.uk/engineering/people/nathan-f-lepora
@tactilerobot       brl.ac.uk/research/researchthemes/tactilerobotics.aspx
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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc/Senior Postdoc in Computational/Mathematical Neuroscience – A biomimetic forebrain for active touch (University of Bristol)

Nathan Lepora
Postdoc/Senior Postdoc in Computational/Mathematical Neuroscience – A biomimetic forebrain for active touch (University of Bristol)

*** closing date for applications: 1 February 2018 ***



The University of Bristol invites applications for an immediate position in Computational/Mathematical Neuroscience.



The successful candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary team on the new Leverhulme-funded Leadership Award ‘A biomimetic forebrain for robot touch’, focusing on active touch. We have been awarded funds for four postdocs and a technician on a 5-year project that will apply leading robotics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, psychology and philosophy of the brain to develop a biomimetic forebrain embodied on a 3D-printed tactile robot hand to enable human-like manipulation



This application is for a Postdoctoral/Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational/Mathematical Neuroscience who will model the mammalian forebrain system for embodiment in the robots. This research position will focus on systems-level biological modelling of forebrain systems, and will complement three other postdoctoral researchers and a technician on the AI of robot touch and 3D-printed tactile robots, who together will embody the model on the robots. Our lab uses statistical/Bayesian approaches to model perception and action selection, and is interested in taking these approaches in the direction of goal-directed learning and task performance in complex environments.

Although a relatively new group, we have a strong track record in publishing in both the leading Computational Neuroscience and Robotics/AI journals and conferences, including PLOS Computational Biology, Frontiers in Comp Neuro, NIPS, RSS, IEEE Trans Robotics, Soft Robotics and regularly in ICRA/IROS. Our lab has recently won the international Soft Robotics Challenge and we have a 3D-printed tactile robot hand on display in the Science Museum, London. Our group currently numbers 8 full-time members, and we will be hiring three postdocs and a technician over the next year.

The project has funding until April 2022, making this an ideal position to develop a strong base for an academic career in this important research area.

Applicant qualities:
This application is for a postdoctoral position (Research Associate/Senior Research Associate) in Computational/Mathematical Neuroscience. We are looking for a candidate experienced in some of the following research areas, and an interest in pursuing the others:
- Computation/mathematics of optimal decision making (e.g. statistical/Bayesian methods)
- Models of reinforcement/goal-directed learning
- Systems-level modelling of the basal ganglia and other forebrain structures
- Interest in embodied computational neuroscience and embodied cognition/active perception.

You will hold (or will be expected to obtain soon) a strong PhD in a discipline relevant to the project. In addition to a strong research track record you will also have a proven capability to write first author publications accepted in the leading journals of the research field.

Institution
The project will be based at both the Computational Neuroscience Unit (www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/research/computational-neuroscience) at the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory (www.brl.ac.uk) the largest centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK.  Our group also collaborates with other labs in this research area, principally at the University of Sheffield (Tony Prescott) and ISTC-CNR in Rome (Giovanni Pezzulo).

The post holder will be employed by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol, ranked 3rd for general Engineering in the UK (just after Oxford and Cambridge).
The city of Bristol is consistently ranked as the 'best place to live' in the UK, e.g. as reported by the BBC (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bbc.co.uk_news_uk-2Dengland-2D39320118&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=4GEZo53DO03DvX2n-9m5t3XuHCNKYKCSRNZSTxy7q1M&s=yPf8KpKfTYgC-PNBfg4Qzpsa3T_HXIIPR0Ze-O3pyvk&e=).

Further details:
It is anticipated that interviews will take place in February 2018, and the anticipated start as soon as possible thereafter. This post is full time for 2 years initially, with funds in place to extend the position until April 2022.
Further information about the Leverhulme Award (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.lepora.com_leverhulme.htm&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=4GEZo53DO03DvX2n-9m5t3XuHCNKYKCSRNZSTxy7q1M&s=0JvMo4pZgrlW_YW-iiNiLXDf19VktW-bbLpnzhWsQo4&e=) and the activities of the research group (www.lepora.com<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.lepora.com&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=4GEZo53DO03DvX2n-9m5t3XuHCNKYKCSRNZSTxy7q1M&s=Zt3Gn40zoX48I4cOnpQqV4aIXIn60sa2xLxgYIRNbFY&e=>) can be found via these links.
Details and procedure to apply can be made through this link https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bristol.ac.uk_jobs_find_&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=4GEZo53DO03DvX2n-9m5t3XuHCNKYKCSRNZSTxy7q1M&s=cAdCgkh-uw2Ufl-u3MEthoNwlj5e4yMme_O9383Gw1Q&e= with reference number ACAD103059.
Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr. Nathan Lepora ([hidden email])
Closing date for applications: 1 February 2018



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Dr Nathan Lepora, Reader in Robotics & BRL lead in Tactile Robotics
Dept of Engineering Maths, Merchant Venturers Building, University of Bristol
Office (MVB2.50): 0117 3315169 Lab (BRL bays 2 & 3): 0117 3286171
www.lepora.com @nathanlepora @tactilerobot

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