TWO Postdoctoral Fellowships in ML for Robotics and Adaptive Control @ Edinburgh, UK

TWO Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Machine Learning for Robotics and Adaptive Control

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the area of Learning Robotics and Adaptive Control as part of an EU-IST FP7 funded project STIFF dealing with variable impedance actuation. The posts are available from Feb. 2010 for a maximum of 23 months and located in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Salary is on the UE07 scale (£29,704 – £35,469) with annual increments and full staff benefits. Placement for the post is according to experience and qualifications.

The successful candidates will have a PhD (or expected completion) in the area of (learning) robotics, probabilistic machine learning and/or adaptive motor control; have strong fundamental skills in statistical machine learning, optimization and basic control theory and some familiarity of concepts such as reinforcement learning and optimal feedback control. The appointees will have to opportunity for hands-on implementation of adaptive control paradigms on biophysical simulations and on state-of-the-art novel variable impedance actuators and anthropomorphic robotic systems such as the KUKA LWR arm and the Schunk hand. .

Both posts will involve travelling to project partner meetings around Europe(DLR Germany, CNRS Paris, Delft Netherlands, IDSIA Switzerland), preparing and presenting material for periodic reporting at EU reviews and attending and disseminating work at international conferences. The posts also assume leadership roles and some level of PhD supervision on topics relevant to the project.

More details of the job, the research group and application procedure can be found at:

Applicants are asked to submit your curriculum vitae including a *statement of interest* justifying your suitability for the post and contact details of two referees using the online application procedure from the link above.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2010
Interviews: late Jan/early Feb 2010

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Sethu Vijayakumar (sethu.vijayakumar (at)