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Topup PhD Scholarship in Evolutionary Robotics

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The Position

Do you want to explore the intersection of robotics, rapid prototyping, and evolutionary computing? Are you interested in creating robot-generating algorithms to create robots that are adaptable to various environments, and flexible enough to perform when the world around them becomes difficult to survive in? Do you want to earn a PhD by making these things a reality?

The drastic rise in bespoke object creation techniques (using for example 3D printing) has opened up a promising new area in the design and manufacture of robotic components. CSIRO’s Future Science Platform (FSP) initiative has identified this as a focus area, and are seeking a dedicated and talented PhD student to push the boundaries of rapid robot creation and evaluation techniques.

The successful candidate will seek to answer a number of research questions, including (i) material selection, (ii) suitability of manufacturing techniques (3D printing, casting, …), and (iii) shape optimisation and controller optimisation.

The successful candidate will work closely with CSIRO Research Scientist David Howard and Alberto Elfes, plus a large group of interested FSP members across CSIRO’s Robotics and Manufacturing areas.

Location:      Pullenvale, QLD

Stipend:        Top up scholarship valued at AU$10K per annum plus support for conference attendance and travel

Tenure:         3 year term (concordant with existing RTP or scholarship)

Reference:    40941

To be successful you will need:

  • Science Honours Degree (e.g., Robotics, Engineering, Software Engineering, Computing, AI).
  • Awarded, or will be awarded, a main source of funding (i.e., a full scholarship).
  • Must be a permanent resident or Australian/New Zealand citizen or if an international student you must have the appropriate immigration approvals to take up a scholarship.
  • You must currently be or be able to be enrolled in a PhD program at an Australian University.
  • A willingness to be located in Brisbane and to be enrolled within an Australian University
  • Competent programmer (C, C++, or Python preferred)
  • Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaborative with others in a team environment.

How to Apply:  Please provide enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability, and upload one document containing your CV/resume and cover letter.  If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Applications will remain open until filled.

To view the full position details and selection criteria click here:  Position Details document

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