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awilson77
03-14-2010, 11:45 PM
Postdoctoral Researcher - Locomotion and Behaviour of Social Animals (Post A)

Near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire

30.3K - 33.9K pa inclusive

Four year contract



We are looking for three postdoctoral researchers to join the dynamic and successful Structure and Motion Group on a joint project with the Department of Computer Science at UCL. This four year, EPSRC-funded project, entitled Cooperative Aerodynamics and Radio-based Dynamic Animal Localisation (CARDyAL), will investigate locomotion and collaborative behaviour in social animals.



You will work with the Investigators as part of a multidisciplinary team of four full time postdoctoral researchers (three at the RVC and one at UCL) working together on the different aspects of the project, supported by technical staff. You will be a team player keen to capitalise on the unusual opportunity for interdisciplinarity this project offers, with a passion for undertaking high quality research and addressing new challenges in biomechanics and social biology.



For this post, you should have a PhD in a science discipline and experience of zoology-related field work, biomechanics or behavioural testing. Your work will focus on locomotion and behaviour of terrestrial social animals, especially in relation to pack hunting strategies and disease transmission. You should be enthusiastic and highly motivated and have good organisational and interpersonal skills and be able to work with minimum supervision. You must be able to travel within the UK and to southern Africa for field work.



A second postdoctoral researcher (advertised as Post B) will focus on flock coordination, aerodynamics and energetics. The third postdoctoral researcher, (advertised as Post C) will focus on sensor systems and radio localisation whilst the UCL post will develop and apply machine learning methods relevant to the data. A high degree of integration within the team is expected; the responsibilities will therefore overlap and depend on individual skills and interests.



We offer a generous reward package including a final salary pension scheme.



Further information on the Structure and Motion Group can be found at http://www.rvc.ac.uk/SML/Index.cfm



For further information and to apply online, please visit our website www.rvc.ac.uk reference VBS/0034/10.



Closing date: 11th April 2010.

Interviews are likely to be held on 28th April 2010.



We promote equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace and welcome applications from all sections of the community.



Anna Wilson

Project Manager

Structure & Motion Laboratory