|Funding for:||EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£37,335 salary per annum|
|Placed On:||7th June 2019|
|Closes:||2nd July 2019|
Fixed-term for three years
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering
Salary: £37,335 per annum. This includes a non-pensionable annual Mobility Allowance of £4,889 (available to all post holders). An additional non-pensionable Family Allowance of £2,038 per annum is available to those in a legally recognised partnership
Applications are invited for two three-year Early Stage Researcher pre-doctoral positions on tactile processing for robotics and prosthetics. The positions are part of the new H2020 Marie-Curie Network NeuTouch (neutouch.eu). NeuTouch aims at improving artificial tactile systems, by training a new generation of researchers that study how human and animal’s tactile systems work, develop a new type of technology that is based on the same principles, and use this technology for building robots that can help humans in daily tasks and artificial limbs that can give the user the sensation of real touch.
The two projects allocated to the University of Sheffield are:
1. Memory-based tactile perception and task-relevant action selection in robots
The aim of the project is to develop, and implement in robots, a biologically-inspired mathematical model of how spatiotemporal patterns of tactile information can be efficiently encoded and recalled for the selection of action and control of behavior.
The PhD will be under the main supervision of Professor Tony Prescott (Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering).
Key requirements are a good degree in a numerate discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics), with experience of programming (ideally in Python, C, or Matlab), a strong interest and/or experience in understanding human/animal brain function, experience/strong interest in robotics.
2. A spiking model of realistic human tactile interactions
This project aims to improve current population spiking models of peripheral tactile responses such that they can be directly coupled to an appropriate touch sensor and deliver realistic tactile feedback in real-time.
The PhD will be under the supervision of Dr Hannes Saal (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science).
Key requirements are a degree in Computer Science, engineering, or another numerate discipline, with experience in programming (ideally Python or Matlab); an interest in interdisciplinary work involving neuroscience, robotics, and engineering.
Successful individuals will be employed as a salaried researcher at the University of Sheffield, while studying towards his/her PhD. Salary rates and additional mobility, career and travel allowances are as per the Marie Curie programme (see Annex 3 of this document ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/download?docId=31562, page 69). Please check Section III.3 of the following link for further information on the Marie Curie scheme regarding eligibility criteria: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/fp7-mga-annex3intramulti_en.pdf . In particular, candidates cannot have lived in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their appointment. In addition to submitting applications to the University of Sheffield, candidates should apply via the website provided by coordinator: neutouch.eu
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