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

Poramate Manoonpong
Several PhD/Postdoc positions in NEUrorobotic Technology for advanced Robot mOtor coNtrol (NEUTRON)

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=6lkaWA568kwMsEfqyRVOAJdAtx6P2oJ1wJ44TyIERuM&s=F-t8lM0MBeIu18Ep5iahuMbUzxl7CSrnDA_FRPkt5AI&e=), Nanjing, China, is offering:

Three PhD/Postdoc positions for three years.

The starting date is from 1st May 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=6lkaWA568kwMsEfqyRVOAJdAtx6P2oJ1wJ44TyIERuM&s=fHwdq_zBOnmB_8U0HjwhJzxBa_cnKhXZcPsnBx93-XU&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 institution in the area of bionic science and engineering in China.

The postdocs will work on our exciting NEUTRON: "NEUrorobotic Technology for advanced Robot mOtor coNtrol" project 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=6lkaWA568kwMsEfqyRVOAJdAtx6P2oJ1wJ44TyIERuM&s=Y6bvefHXrgOhU1DVn2-CnRuI4IteQnN53VkdTpKFESE&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=6lkaWA568kwMsEfqyRVOAJdAtx6P2oJ1wJ44TyIERuM&s=aPa-4c9l3t3MLKAigAiPhKaLKqP2N_-qa-zvEDcaPm4&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.

Task1: PhD/Postdoc 1 will develop high-level neural control for autonomous learning, action planning, and decision-making of limbed robots.
Task2: PhD/Postdoc 2 will develop neural motor control for adaptive dynamic locomotion and navigation of a quadruped mammal-like robot on difficult terrains.
Task3: PhD/Postdoc 3 will develop neural motor control for adaptive locomotion control of a lizard-like robot.

The successful candidates 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,
Bio-inspired robotics,
Locomotion control,
Walking robots,
Bio-inspired computing, e.g., artificial hormones.

Additionally, the candidates 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 candidate 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 include:

1)      A covering letter explaining his/her approach to the Task1,2, or 3.

2)      Curriculum Vitae

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

4)      At most three articles illustrating his/her publication record

5)      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=6lkaWA568kwMsEfqyRVOAJdAtx6P2oJ1wJ44TyIERuM&s=rB9xgA-PpLHSc9K6GxKnPaPOWfQaNfjpJA3tEsnOVFc&e=>
Further information is available from
Associate Prof. Poramate Manoonpong, email [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
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