2012 Research Associate Position in Informatics at King’s College London, UK

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A Research Associate position is available in the Department of Informatics to work with Professor Kaspar Althoefer and Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara and colleagues in the highly esteemed Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) on a recently awarded EU Grant. The successful candidate will perform and contribute to research in the areas of: • force/tactile and stiffness sensing, • sensor signal analysis and classification, • cognitive models for distributed learning and control of soft robot manipulators, • bimanual human-robot collaboration in visco-elastic force control, as well as • haptic feedback. You must be a good team worker, able to work collaboratively and independently, with excellent communication and organisational skills. The successful candidate will be part of EU project STIFF-FLOP working within a multi-disciplinary team at King’s and in collaboration with renowned researchers at ten partner institutes across Europe, spanning a wide range of expertise in engineering, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and medicine. You will be working at the forefront of research on exciting science problems involving the creation of soft, stiffness controllable manipulation devices equipped with learning capabilities for the application in minimally invasive surgery.

-International applications will be considered for this position. -The candidate should have demonstrable research skills and a proven track record in research areas relating to sensing and sensor signal analysis, embedded processing, machine learning, control, and/or haptics, especially in the context of medical robotics. -You will be qualified to PhD level in Robotics, Information Processing, Biomedical Engineering and/or Control. You will have a thorough understanding of robotics, system integration and sensor interfacing. -You must be a good team worker, able to work collaboratively and independently, with excellent communication and organisational skills.

Deadline: 10 October 2012

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