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Position: Research Fellow
Institution: Edinburgh Napier University
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duties: We are seeking a dynamic researcher to work on a project "Autonomous Robot Evolution: from Cradle to Grave" that will co-evolve robot morphologies and controllers in both simulation and hardware using 3d-printing. You will conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research outputs. Working within a multi-disciplinary team including researchers from two other institutions, you will be responsible for applying evolutionary computing to design novel evolutionary mechanisms that simultaneously enable the evolution of morphology and controllers of robots; procedures for adapting a simulation environment to match a physical environment
Requirements: A PhD degree in Computer Science (or equivalent) with a strong emphasis in Evolutionary Computation. Practical experience of applying Evolutionary Computing and/or related learning methods within Evolutionary Robotics/Artificial Life/Games (or equivalent). Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research. Highly developed communication skills, to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
   
Text: Job details Job title Research Fellow - Full time, 4-year contract Job reference 0000005932 Date posted 10/05/2018 Application closing date 10/06/2018 Salary £31,604 - £37,706 per annum (Grade 5) Package Excellent benefits package Job description Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University We are seeking a dynamic researcher to work on a project "Autonomous Robot Evolution: from Cradle to Grave" that will co-evolve robot morphologies and controllers in both simulation and hardware using 3d-printing. The post is part of a large multi-institution research project, supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. You will conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research outputs. Working within a multi-disciplinary team including researchers from two other institutions, you will be responsible for applying evolutionary computing to design novel evolutionary mechanisms that simultaneously enable the evolution of morphology and controllers of robots; procedures for adapting a simulation environment to match a physical environment; development an autonomous management system that controls the balance between simulation and physical evolution within the robotic ecosystem. The post holder will report to Prof. Emma Hart. Who We Are Looking For Applicants must demonstrate: A PhD degree in Computer Science (or equivalent) with a strong emphasis in Evolutionary Computation Practical experience of applying Evolutionary Computing and/or related learning methods within Evolutionary Robotics/Artificial Life/Games (or equivalent) Excellent skills in experimental design, experimental practice and rigorous data analysis Excellent programming skills Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research Highly developed communication skills, to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media. A strong publication track-record demonstrating ability to write up research work for high-profile publications Excellent time-management skills Desirab le Criteria: Practical experience of working with simulation environments Experience of online and offline parameter adaptation and optimisation methods Experience of working on inter-disciplinary research projects For a detailed list of the requirements, you can read the full role profile here . Benefits We Offer Salary: Grade 5 - GBP 31,604 -GBP 37,706 per annum Further information about our benefits can be found here . Additional Information This is a full-time, 48-month fixed term contract Start date: 1 August 2018 (negotiable) Application Closing Date: 11.59pm on Sunday 10 June 2018 Interviews: W/C 25 June 2018 For informal discussions about this position, please contact Emma Hart e.hart@napier.ac.uk Edinburgh Napier University is committed to supporting equality in the workplace and encourages diversity. We currently hold a bronze Athena SWAN institutional award, the School of Computing holds a bronze departmental award.
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