Friday, July 1, 2011

Postdoctoral positions at the Institute of Computer Science - FORTH

From Robotics and Automation

The Institute of Computer Science of FORTH (www.ics.forth.gr)
in Heraklion, Greece, has immediate openings
for two full-time technical staff positions at the postdoctoral level,
to work in the context of soft-bodied robotic systems
in aquatic environments.

1. Bio-inspired Control:
<>The first research associate will focus on the development
of bio-inspired control strategies for continuous and compliant robotic systems.
Candidates are expected to have professional expertise relevant to
robotic locomotion and manipulation, nonlinear control, mechanics,
computational modeling and simulation, and implementation of robotic systems.
Experience relevant to processing and use of sensory information,
as well as to neural networks, both in the context of robot control, is also desirable.

2. Elastodynamics:
<>The second research associate will focus on the development
of finite element methods for nonlinear elasticity,
targeting the accurate simulation of forced motion for robotic arms
consisting of rubber-like materials with complex structure.
The aim is the development of control strategies for such robotic systems.
Candidates are expected to have professional expertise relevant to
dynamic motion of continuous media, to the underlying theory of governing equations
and to computational methods used for their numerical solution.
Experience relevant to the control of such systems is also desirable. <>

We are looking for highly motivated young scientists, able to work
as part of an interdisciplinary team in the framework of funded research projects.
Good computing skills are necessary for both positions
(including C/C++ and MATLAB/Simulink),
as well as excellent verbal and written English communication skills. <>

The successful candidates will be offered a contract for one year,
with the possibility of renewal. Interested candidates should submit by email
a curriculum vitae, a statement of research qualifications and interests,
a list of at least 3 references and a few representative publications
to Dr. Dimitris Tsakiris (tsakiris@ics.forth.gr).
Candidates should indicate which position they are applying for.
Consideration of applications will begin immediately.




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Dimitris P. Tsakiris, Ph.D.
Principal Researcher
Institute of Computer Science - FORTH
100, N. Plastira Str., Vassilika Vouton
GR-70013 Heraklion, Greece
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Faculty Member
Graduate Program in the Brain and Mind Sciences
University of Crete
GR-71409 Heraklion, Greece

Phone: +30-2810-391708
WWW: http://www.ics.forth.gr/~tsakiris
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