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Research Assistant/Research Associate in Control and Optimisation (Fixed Term)


Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on the ERC Advanced Grant project "Switchlets: a theory of multi-resolution behaviors for systems and control across scales" awarded to Professor Rodolphe Sepulchre. The 5-year project aims at laying the mathematical foundations of a multi-resolution behavioral theory.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Multi-resolution behaviors are behaviors that can be modeled, analyzed, controlled, and designed at different resolutions. The project is primarily inspired, steered, and benchmarked by the specific application of understanding the robustness and modulation principles of neuronal behaviors, in collaboration with experimental neuroscientists.

The work will require the successful candidate to design and develop appropriate methodologies to address the above research objective with a focus on systems and control across scales. This will involve planning and managing their own research activity and liaising with colleagues in the control research group at Cambridge and with the partner company and universities. Results of the work will be presented at sponsor workshops, and will be written up in the form of reports, conference papers or journal articles, as appropriate.

Applicants must have a very good first degree in engineering, applied mathematics or a closely related field and a PhD degree (or be close to obtaining one) in an area related to systems and control. It is expected that candidates will have an interest in one or several areas of biological modeling, such as systems biology, synthetic biology, computational neuroscience, or experimental neurophysiology. A broad knowledge of systems and control areas is expected and experience in one or more of the following technical areas is necessary: nonlinear modeling, multi-resolution techniques, mean-field modeling, synchronization, oscillatory waves and patterns, computational neuroscience, experimental neurophysiology, neuroimaging.

In addition, applicants should exhibit good oral and written communication skills and have experience both of working in a team and managing their own workload.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688 Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2018 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload your CV (including a publications list) and a covering letter by midnight on the closing date. Additional documents that have not been requested will not be considered as part of your application. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Rachel Fogg, email div-f@eng.cam.ac.uk. (Tel +44 (0)1223 3 32752)

Please quote reference NM14256 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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