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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bio-inspired Aerial Robotics - Fixed Term (3 years)

Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Location:  Nr. Potters Bar, Herts
Salary:  £35,211
per annum including London Weighting
Closing Date:   Monday 04 November 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 20 November 2019
Reference:   CBS-0204-19

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to investigate sensor integration for collision avoidance in autonomous air systems.  This is an ambitious three year project that seeks to understand how best to integrate information from vision and mechanical sensors to prevent in-flight collisions of small autonomous aircraft (sometimes known as drones). The sensors are inspired by nature and have been developed in separate programmes within the Structure and Motion Laboratory at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London and by engineers in the USA.  Continued collaboration with these academics and engineers is a pivotal theme of the project and provides an excellent training opportunity for early career researchers: an academic working environment with integral ties to industry.

The scope of the study ranges from system characterization in our autonomous quadrotor arena to adaptive path planning based on real-time sensory information.  Insect guidance and control systems have led to the development of the sensory apparatus to be used here, and this bio-inspired theme will continue when developing algorithms that can process and fuse data from the mechanosensory and vision sensory modalities.

The PDRA will develop algorithms to determine sensor information quality and react accordingly.  They will fabricate hardware, write software code, analyse data, present results at relevant international conferences and write high-impact publications.  Furthermore, the PDRA will gain experience mentoring related student projects and participating in outreach activities.

We are looking for a candidate with a good undergraduate degree in science or engineering, and a PhD in areas related to sensory biomechanics, flight dynamics, aerial robotics, software, signal processing, aerospace or mechanical engineering, as well as proven skills and track record in flight mechanics modelling, sensor fusion or robotics.  Scientific computing skills (Matlab, C++, Linux Robotic Operating System, etc.) are advantageous.  The Successful researcher will work as part of our vibrant, supportive and interdisciplinary team of biologists, engineers, physicists and veterinarians, assisted by dedicated research support staff.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Prof R Bomphrey rbomphrey@rvc.ac.uk 

We offer a generous reward package.

For further information and to apply on-line please visit our website: www.rvc.ac.uk
Job reference CBS-0204-19

Closing date: 4 November 2019
Interviews will be held on: 20 November 2019

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