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Research Technician in Swarm Acoustic Modulators

UCL - Computer Science

Location: London
Salary: £29,802 to £34,867 UCL Grade 6, per annum, inclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th January 2022
Closes: 6th February 2022
Job Ref: 1881058
 

The Department of Computer Science are looking to recruit a Research Technician at Grade 6 in Swarm Acoustic Modulators. Computer Science is a large UCL department within the Faculty of Engineering, with over 400 academic, research, professional services and teaching staff.  The successful candidate will work with the research team to develop SSM modules, simplifying the current hardware design. Together with the research team, help explore technological solutions to allow interoperation of several SSM modules (e.g. computing resources in each SSM module, communication channels, shared timing, location). Write technical reports describing the design and implementation of the modules, as well as supporting documents (e.g. tutorials) for other members of the team to use.

The post is funded for 3 years on a full-time basis in the first instance with opportunities for extension depending on the labs funding situation.

The key idea within this project is to transition from a centralized acoustic solver controlling a high number of individual transducers towards Swarm Sound Modulators (SSMs). We aim to create a scalable platform as a distributed architecture of simple transducer array modules, where awareness of context and users’ actions is shared among modules, but each module decides individually how to cooperate towards delivering visual, tactile or auditive user-experiences.

We are looking for an electrical engineer with expertise in PCB design and embedded programming (e.g. microcontrollers, raspberry PI, FPGA), to support our research team create a set of minimum viable SSM-bots. Such SSM bots will each be capable of performing a function on its own but also with the capability to support other SSM-bots and work collaboratively. The engineer will work in collaboration with other researchers of the team, jointly implementing and testing the SSM bots, as well as the communication infrastructures required to support their communication.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Diego Martinez Plasencia or email d.plasencia@ucl.ac.uk.

The UCL Ways of Working for professional services supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL through sharing expectations around how we work – please see www.ucl.ac.uk/ways-of-working to find out more.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

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