Postdoc / phd positions

From: Tim Pearce (tcp1@leicester.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Jan 18 2002 - 11:59:21 MET

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    Due to our Personnel Department indulging in the Christmas (alcoholic)
    spirit the deadline for applications to guarantee consideration is now
    15th Feb. but will remain open until filled!

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Neuroscience R&AIA
    17,451 to 26,229 pa Available immediately for 4 years
    Ref: R9398/JAU

    A postdoctoral researcher is required for a 4-year EC-funded project
    available from January 2002. The project concerns the development of
    biologically constrained sensory processing models for performing
    stereotypical moth-like chemotaxis behaviour in uncertain environments.
    We propose to develop biologically-inspired sensor, information
    processing and control systems for a c (hemosensing) unmanned aerial
    vehicle (UAV). The cUAV will identify and track volatile compounds of
    different chemical composition in outdooor environments. Its olfactory
    and sensory-motor systems are to be inspired by the moth. This
    development continues our research in artificial and biological
    olfaction, sensory processing and analysis, neuronal models of learning,
    real-time behavioural control, and robotics. Fleets of cUAVs will
    ultimately be deployed to sense, identify, and map the airborne chemical
    composition of large-scale environments. The mobile robotics aspects of
    the project will be carried out with the assistance of an associated PhD
    studentship position. Further details on the project and the research
    teams can be found at http://www.le.ac.uk/eg/tcp1/amoth/

    The project includes significant funding and opportunities for travel
    within Europe to visit the laboratories of the participating consortia
    (in Switzerland, France, and Sweden) and outside Europe to attend
    international scientific meetings.
    A strong mathematical and computer modelling background is required in
    order to develop a biologically constrained model of the insect antennal
    lobe and protocerebellum. Expertise is required in the area of neuronal
    modelling, although not necessarily in the area of olfaction. Good team
    skills are also a necessity.

    Informal enquiries regarding these positions and the project in general
    should be addressed to the project co-ordinator, Dr. T.C. Pearce,
    Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH,
    United Kingdom, +44 116 223 1290, t.c.pearce@le.ac.uk

    For Research Associate post, application forms and further particulars
    are available from the Personnel Office, tel 0116 252 5114, fax 0116 252
    5140, email personnel@le.ac.uk, or via www.le.ac.uk/personnel/jobs.
    Closing date: 15 February 2002.

    PhD Studentship in Mobile Robotics

    A postgraduate researcher is required for a 4-year EC-funded project
    available from January 2002. The project concerns the development of an
    unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) robot to perform stereotypical moth-like
    chemotaxis behaviour in uncertain environments. We propose to develop
    biologically-inspired sensor, information processing and control systems
    for a c (hemosensing) UAV. The cUAV will identify and track volatile
    compounds of different chemical composition in outdooor environments.
    Its olfactory and sensory-motor systems are to be inspired by the moth,
    which will be supported by computational neuroscience model development
    conducted by an associated Postdoctoral Research Associate.

    This development continues our research in artificial and biological
    olfaction, sensory processing and analysis, neuronal models of learning,
    real-time behavioural control, and robotics. Fleets of cUAVs will
    ultimately be deployed to sense, identify, and map the airborne chemical
    composition of large scale environments. Further details on the project
    and the research teams can be found at
    http://www.le.ac.uk/eg/tcp1/amoth/.

    The project includes significant funding and opportunities for travel
    within Europe to visit the laboratories of the participating consortia
    (in Switzerland, France, and Sweden) and outside Europe to attend
    international scientific meetings.

    A first degree (at the 2(i) level or higher) is required in mathematics,
    computer science, physics, or engineering. The student will be
    responsible for deploying the chemical sensors on the UAV and designing
    interface circuitry, assisting with construction of the UAV, programming
    the on board flight systems (incorporating a neuronal model), and
    assisting with field trials. Applicants should have a demonstrated
    interest in one or more of the following, UAVs, neuroscience, robotics,
    and/or artificial intelligence. Good team skills are essential.

    The studentship includes a stipend of 12,000 per year for four years
    and includes provision for overseas PhD fees although EU nationals may
    also apply. For PhD Studentship, applications and informal enquiries
    should be addressed to the project co-ordinator, Dr. T.C. Pearce,
    Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH,
    United Kingdom, +44 116 223 1290, t.c.pearce@le.ac.uk. Closing date: 15
    February 2002.

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    T.C. Pearce, PhD URL: http://www.leicester.ac.uk/eg/tcp1/

    Lecturer in Bioengineering E-mail: t.c.pearce@leicester.ac.uk

    Department of Engineering Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1290

    University of Leicester Fax: +44 (0)116 252 2619

    Leicester LE1 7RH Bioengineering, Transducers and

    United Kingdom Signal Processing Group

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