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06-02-2010, 08:58 PM
Two Postdoctoral Research Positions Control of legged locomotion

Structure and Motion Laboratory
Near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England
>From 30.3Kpa inclusive of London allowance
Two year contract

We are looking for two postdoctoral researchers to join the dynamic
and successful Structure and Motion Group, to work on
interdisciplinary research projects in the area of comparative
neuromechanics. You will work as part of an exciting interdisciplinary
team at the interface of biomechanics, neurophysiology, robotics
engineering and dynamical systems theory.

Post A will examine how legged animals move on soft terrain and uneven
terrain and test hypothetical control architectures developed from the
animal data in an existing multi-legged robot. For this post, you
should have a PhD in engineering (robotics, computer science,
electrical, mechanical or biomechanical), physics or maths discipline,
knowledge of programming in C under Linux or similar.

Post B will focus on the development of theoretical models of biped
locomotion, analysing the stability, robustness and energy cost of
alternative control strategies. The goal is to develop models of
bipedal locomotion based on ground birds, and test these models as
control targets in a new bipedal robot, in collaboration with the
Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University. For this post
you should have a PhD in physics, math, engineering or a related field
and have a good understanding of dynamical systems theory.

A high degree of integration within the team is expected; the
responsibilities will therefore overlap and depend on individual
skills and interests. For both posts, you will be a team player, keen
to study moving animals and develop new robotic control systems, with
a passion for undertaking high quality research and addressing
questions in neuromechanical control.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Monica Daley
(mdaley@rvc.ac.uk) or Dr Andrew Spence (aspence@rvc.ac.uk)

Further information on the Structure and Motion Group can be found at
We offer a generous reward package including a final salary pension
scheme. For further information and to apply online, please visit

Closing date: 30th June 2010
Interviews are likely to be held on 28th July 2010
We promote equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace
and welcome applications from all sections of the community.