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Research Associate in Tactile Robot Hands
Ref: ACAD102489

Job Overview

The University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory invites applications for an immediate position in the artificial intelligence for tactile robotics.

The successful candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary team on the new Leverhulme-funded Leadership Award ‘A biomimetic forebrain for robot touch’. £1m has been allocated to a 5-year project that will apply leading robotics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, psychology and philosophy of the brain to develop a biomimetic forebrain embodied on a 3D-printed tactile robot hand to enable human-like tactile dexterity.

The successful applicant will design and build novel 3D-printed dexterous tactile robotic hands that will perceive, explore and manipulate their environment. The post-holder will support three other postdoctoral researchers who will develop artificial intelligence methods for active touch and link the progress to a model of the mammalian forebrain involved in active touch in animals.

The project will be based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, the largest centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK.

You will hold (or will be expected to obtain soon) a strong PhD in a discipline relevant to the project. In addition to a strong research track record you will also have excellent communication and presentation skills.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place in April 2017, and the anticipated start as soon as possible thereafter. This post is full time with funding for 2 years in the first instance with the possibility of an extension for a further 3 years.

Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr. Nathan Lepora

Salary Band
£32,004 - £36,001
per annum
Working Pattern
Full Time,
37 hours per week
Closing Date
2 April 2017 @ 23:59
Anticipated Interview Date
To Be Confirmed
 Type of Post/Duration
Fixed Term, 48 months
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Further Details
For an informal discussion, please contact
Dr Nathan Lepora, Tel: +44 (0) 117 331 5169.
How to Apply

Page last updated 16 March 2017