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03-14-2010, 11:47 PM
Postdoctoral Researcher - Flock Co-ordination, Aerodynamics and Energetics (Post B)
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 to work on the CARDyL Project - Cooperative Aerodynamics and Radio-based Dynamic Animal Localisation. This four year EPSRC funded project will investigate collaborative behaviour in social animals using novel technology to obtain data. This is a joint project with the Department of Computer Science at UCL developing and using sensors to study locomotion and interaction in social animals.

You will work with the Investigators as part of a multidisciplinary team of four full time post doctoral researchers (three at the RVC and one at UCL) working together on the different aspects of the project, supported by an electronic design engineer and 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 or behavioural testing and a good understanding of aerodynamics. Your work will focus on flock co-ordination, aerodynamics and energetics in free flying geese and pigeons using a microlight aircraft for data collection. You should be enthusiastic and highly motivated and have good organisational and interpersonal skills and be able to work with minimum supervision.

The other postdoctoral researchers will focus on locomotion and behaviour in terrestrial social animals (Post A), sensors systems and radio localisation (Post C) 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/0035/10.

Closing date: 11th April 2010.
Interviews are likely to take place 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