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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Permanent lectureship in Intelligent Robotics: University of Birmingham, UK


Applications are invited for a lectureship in Intelligent Robotics
in the School of Computer Science. The post-holder will be a member
of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, a rapidly growing research
group. The post holder will be expected to provide leadership in
research and teaching in Intelligent Robotics and related areas. In
particular the post holder will be expected to strengthen the
already outstanding record of external research funding held by the
Intelligent Robotics Laboratory.

To complement the existing expertise in the lab the successful
candidate will be sought primarily in one of the following areas:
robot vision, mobile robotics, humanoid robotics, robot learning,
the use of robots in modelling biological systems - including, for
example the connections between robotics and psychology, animal
cognition and computational neuroscience - robotic manipulation,
developmental/epigenetic robotics, and autonomy in underwater or
space robotics. Applicants with expertise in other areas of robotics
are welcomed however, and will be seriously considered.

Applicants should have an outstanding record of publication in
leading international journals and conferences in their area, with
evidence of significant impact on the research community. They will
either already have a strong record of obtaining research funding,
or demonstrate an exceptional potential to do so. Applicants should
be exceptional communicators with demonstrably excellent skills in
both teaching, and research presentation and management. The
appointed person will be expected to contribute to both the research
life of the lab and the school, and also teaching and administration
in the school. The successful applicant will be expected to lead
grant writing, as well as helping to set the research agenda for the
future work of the group.

The Intelligent Robotics Laboratory is a rapidly growing centre for
research in robotics, cognition and machine learning in the UK. It
is part of a much larger and internationally renowned AI and
Cognitive Science group. Led by Dr Jeremy Wyatt, Dr Richard Dearden
and Prof Aaron Sloman, the lab has 15 members, and holds over 2.2m
of research funding. Funding has come from the European Commission,
EPSRC, NERC, the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Society and the British
Council among others. We collaborate with research groups across the
UK and Europe, including groups in psychology, animal cognition,
robotics, AI, cognitive science, and oceanography. Candidates with
interdisciplinary interests are welcomed.

Information on the Intelligent Robotics laboratory is available here:

Further information on the new post is available here:

Informal enquiries (preferably by email) to

    Dr Jeremy Wyatt,
        tel.: +44 121 414 4788,
        [Travelling till 12th July]
    Dr Richard Dearden,
        tel.: +44 121 414 6687
    Prof Aaron Sloman,
        tel.: +44 121 414 4775.

Enquiries may also be directed to the Head of School,
Prof Uday Reddy,
    tel:+44 121 414 2740.

Starting salary in the range of
    GBP 34,793 to 41,545 a year
    (potential progression on performance once in post to 46,759)

Closing date for applications:  29 August 2008 Ref: S43287

Applicants should include a statement of research and teaching
plans, and links to their online publications.

Details from +44 121 415 9000 or
HR, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
A University of Fairness and Diversity