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01-18-2011, 04:31 PM
In the EU-funded FP7-Project EMICAB (Embodied Motion Intelligence for Cognitive, Autonomous Robots), the University of Bielefeld (Germany) invites applications for

TWO POSITIONS as RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (Post-Doc or PhD student)

for the duration of three years. The salary scale typically ranges between 38300 and 44800 Eur p.a. (according to E13 TV-L West, German public service), depending on work experience. The positions are remunerated between 50% and 100% E13 according to qualification of the applicant.

The positions on offer are embedded into an excellent interdisciplinary environment with intensive contacts to various facilities and workgroups of Bielefeld University. In particular, this includes the Center of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology, CITEC. The EU-project (www.emicab.eu) as a whole is formed by the Biomechatronics lab and the Neuroethology lab of Bielefeld University (coordinator), a Systems Engineering lab at the University of Catania, Italy, a Sensor Technology lab at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg, and a Neurogenetics lab at the University of Mainz, Germany.

Goal of the EMICAB-project is the abstraction of neuro-ethological and neuro-genetic research results in the context of autonomous walking movements to generate artificial neural network models for intelligent behaviour. In parallel, a novel six-legged walking robot is being assembled and – within the project – expanded by rich body sensorisation and additional actuation. The integration of bio-inspired, intelligent control algorithms on an efficient walking robot allows autonomous, goal-directed locomotion and shapes the command of complex, cognitive behaviour like, for instance, object manipulation and mental planning.

THE FIRST POSITION is available in the area of technical sensorimotor functions and robotics. As a prerequisite, the applicant should hold a university master or diploma degree, preferably in engineering (e.g., mechatronics, electrical engineering or control engineering) or computer science (e.g., robotics, technical computer science). We are particularly interested in candidates with a background in electronics design, control of electrical drive systems and sensor systems as well as in the area of mechanical construction. Strong programming skills and advanced mathematical competence are expected. Participation in administrative and organizational tasks of the EU-project is also expected.

THE SECOND POSITION is placed within the field of bio-inspired algorithms and software development. As a prerequisite, the applicant should hold a university master or diploma degree, preferably in the field of computer science (if possible with a focus on sensor fusion, stochastic or neural models or time series analysis). Strong programming skills and advanced mathematical competence are expected. Participation in administrative and organizational tasks of the EU-project is also expected.

Bielefeld University is an equal opportunity employer and therefore especially encourages women to apply. In the case of comparable competences and qualification, women will preferably be considered if there are no dominating reasons arising from the person of another applicant. Bielefeld University also encourages disabled people to apply. Part-time employment is possible.

Please send your application with the usual documents (cover letter, CV and transcripts as well as the name and contact information of two references) – also electronically in pdf-format – until 15. March 2011.

Contacts:
Dr. Axel Schneider, Bielefeld University, Faculty of Technology, P.O.-Box 10 01 31, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany (e-mail: axel.schneider@uni-bielefeld.de)

Prof. Dr. Volker Dürr / Prof. Dr. Josef Schmitz, Bielefeld University, Faculty of Biology, P.O.-Box 10 01 31, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany (e-mail: {volker.duerr, josef.schmitz}@uni-bielefeld.de)