Postdoc / PhD position in neural robot control

Organization: 
Jacobs University Bremen
Email: 
h.jaeger@jacobs-university.de
Job Description: 

Jacobs University Bremen announces an immediately fillable

POSTDOC/PhD RESEARCH POSITION IN NEURAL ARCHITECTURES FOR HUMANOID ROBOT CONTROL

The position is created within the integrated project "Adaptive Modular Architecture for Rich Motor Skills" (AMARSi, http://www.amarsi-project.eu/), funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Program "Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics". The consortium comprises ten European research groups from robotics, machine learning, computational neuroscience and behavioural neuroscience, providing a rich context for interdisciplinary research. The position is placed in the MINDS (Modeling of Intelligent Dynamical Systems) group of Herbert Jaeger (http://minds.jacobs-university.de).

The contract is limited to the end of the project in March 2014, with optional extension subject to availability of funding. The salary is highly competitive.

The AMARSi project investigates complex modular neurocontroller architectures for quadruped and humanoid robots, and strives to unite methods from robot engineering with insights from biological motor control. In the MINDS group, the emphasis is on the conceptual (but rigorously formalized!) design and mathematical analysis of hierarchical motor control learning architectures based on recurrent neural networks, building on starting ideas in the spirit of reservoir computing (http://www.reservoir-computing.org).

Required qualifications:

* a thorough and rigorous understanding of fundamental linear algebra,
* familiarity with essential concepts from dynamical systems, at least on an intuitive level,
* research experience in at least one of the following fields: control theory; machine learning; computational neuroscience; robotics; intelligent agent architectures; theory of complex dynamical systems,
* good command of English,
* interest in very interdisciplinary work.

For initiating an application, please email a short statement of motivation and a CV to Herbert Jaeger (h.jaeger@jacobs-university.de).

Jacobs University Bremen is an equal opportunity employer and has been certified “Family Friendly” by the Hertie-Stiftung.

Job Categories: 
Universities and colleges
Deadline for Application: 
Sep 30 2011
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