King's College London

Research Associate in the Department of Informatics

Reference: THW/17/059639/000167
Salary Details: Grade 6 £32,958 per annum
Allowances: £2,623 London Weighting
Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term
Contract Term: Full time

A postdoctoral research assistant position is available in the Department of Informatics to work with Dr Matthew Howard in the world-leading Centre for Robotics Research at King's College London on the new EPRSC funded project SoftSkills.

SoftSkills will bring together work from human movement science, robotics and statistical machine learning. The aim is to exploit biological theories of human regulation of impedance, combined with data driven programming by demonstration (PbD) methods, for application to compliant robot control. It will examine the ways in which ordinary users interact with these systems, and are able to manipulate them to perform desired tasks, feeding back to inform the usability of PbD for untrained users.

The project will involve considerable interaction with industry, and part of the role will be to liaise with commercial partners and develop commercial impact.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant subject (informatics, machine learning, robotics, mechanical or electrical engineering) and demonstrate excellent skills in the design and testing of statistical machine learning algorithms. Experience in mechatronic engineering, human movement science, or compliant robotic technologies are a plus.

She/he must be highly motivated and must have:
- A track record of publishing in high quality conferences and journals.
- Excellent communication skills in English (both writing and speaking).
- A good attitude towards team working in an international environment.

Candidates are also encouraged to highlight any relevant industry experience and/or success in securing funding for their own research.

The selection process will include a panel interview

Closing date: 09 March 2017

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