A post-doctoral researcher is required to develop a biologically inspired neural network model that will be used to explore neural mechanisms underlying cognitive and behavioural development.

The research will involve extending an existing hierarchical neural network in order to simulate the learning of visual-spatial representations in the dorsal pathway. The model will be used to incrementally learn to control visually guided behaviour in a stereo-vision robot head and will be evaluated by simulating infant behavioural data. This post is funded by EPSRC grant EP/D062225/1 “Exploring Mechanisms of Cognitive and Behavioural Development in Humans and Machines”.
Applicants should have a proven ability to carry out high quality research, have a genuine interest in the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and visually guided behaviour and be keen to carry out research in epigenetic/developmental robotics. The successful applicant is expected to have a PhD in a relevant area, have a good knowledge of neural networks and/or computational neuroscience, be proficient in C++ an MATLAB programming and ideally should have experience in robotics and machine vision.
The position is available from April/May 2009 for a period of 21
The appointment will be made on the Grade 5 scale, point 25, currently £27,946 per annum, inclusive of £2,323 London Allowance, per annum. Benefits include an annual season ticket loan scheme and a final salary superannuation scheme.
Further details and application packs are available on the College’s website, or alternatively by emailing Human Resources at strand-recruitment(at)kcl(dot)ac(dot)uk. All correspondence should clearly state the job title and reference number G5/CEM/023/09.
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Michael Spratling via e-mail
at: michael.spratling(at)kcl(dot)ac(dot)uk.
The closing date for the receipt of applications: 9th March 2009
Equality of opportunity is College policy

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