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Position: Research Associate
Institution: Imperial College London
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: Improve and integrate the technical capabilities of an FRI to enable simultaneous measurements of electrophysiological and wing kinematics data in dipteran flies; Develop and apply correlation methods for the analysis of multidimensional data sets establishing the relationship between multisensory inputs and outputs at the physiological and (behavioural) systems level; To assist with the analysis of data; To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times; To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
Requirements: Applicants should have a background in bioengineering, electrical engineering or physics and a PhD in a related area. You should have worked in areas such as visual/sensory neuroscience and/or neuroethology. Excellent dissecting and electrophysiological recording skills are key for the project. Knowledge of basic electronics and prior experience with the design and control of small autonomous robots are highly desirable, as are programming skills in Matlab, Python, and C++ for experimental control and data analysis
   
Text: Research Associate Apply now Save this job Job summary This position, funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research und the Agile Science of Test and Evaluation programme. The project aims to understand the relationship between neuronal and behavioural responses of flying insects and the multimodal input parameters the animals generate while controlling the trajectory of a 2-wheeled robotic platform. Work in the group of Prof Holger G Krapp at Imperial College will include... Job listing information Reference ENG02280 Date posted 15 September 2022 Closing date 13 October 2022 Key information about the role Location South Kensington Campus (map) Position type Full time, fixed term Salary £43,093 - £50,834 plus benefits Department Department of Bioengineering Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher Job description Job summary This position, funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research und the Agile Science of Test and Evaluation programme. The project aims to understand the relationship between neuronal and behavioural responses of flying insects and the multimodal input parameters the animals generate while controlling the trajectory of a 2-wheeled robotic platform. Work in the group of Prof Holger G Krapp at Imperial College will include electrophysiological recordings from optic flow processing interneurons, as well as quantitative behavioural studies of the wing beat amplitude difference measured in flies mounted on a bio-hybrid Fly-Robot-Interface, FRI. The kinematic FRI data will be used to reconstruct the sensory inputs of the fly, which will be correlated with the animal’s physiological and behavioural output. The project will develop novel correlation analysis methods and is expected to inform bio-inspired control architectures which support collision avoidance of unmanned autonomous systems. Duties and responsibilities Main Duties: · Improve and integrate the technical capabilities of an FRI to enable simultaneous measurements of electrophysiological and wing kinematics data in dipteran flies. · Develop and apply correlation methods for the analysis of multidimensional data sets establishing the relationship between multisensory inputs and outputs at the physiological and (behavioural) systems level. · To assist with the analysis of data · To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times · To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings · To assist with the writing of reports to research sponsors · To present findings to colleagues · To provide advice to other staff and students · To assist with the publication of findings · To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary · To develop contacts within the College and the wider community · To promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and the College Essential requirements Applicants should have a background in bioengineering, electrical engineering or physics and a PhD in a related area. You should have worked in areas such as visual/sensory neuroscience and/or neuroethology. Excellent dissecting and electrophysiological recording skills are key for the project. Knowledge of basic electronics and prior experience with the design and control of small autonomous robots are highly desirable, as are programming skills in Matlab, Python, and C++ for experimental control and data analysis. Further information This is a full time , fixed-term appointment for 24 months. *Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum. Prof Holger G Krapp (email: h.g.krapp@imperial.ac.uk; phone: 44 (0)20 7594 2014). Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact: Yusra Vallimohamed at y.vallimohamed@imperial.ac.uk For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence. The Department of Bioengineering leads the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, with its staff coming from diverse academic disciplines, including all main branches of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine, to create a rich collaborative environment. More information about staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and excellent professional development opportunities, can be found here: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/staff-benefits/ Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people Documents Research Associate JD.pdf About Imperial College London Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world. You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City. We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces. It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society - and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there. Additional information Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities. Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework . Our values are: Respect Collaboration Excellence Integrity Innovation In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. For technical issues when applying online please email support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk .
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