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Research Associate in Fungal Computing (Modelling)

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Research Associate in Fungal Computing: Computer and Analog Modelling of Sensorial Fusion and Reservoir Computing in Mycelium Networks

We are seeking a Research Associate to join the Unconventional Computing Laboratory, UWE, Bristol, to conduct experimental laboratory research on sensorial fusion, information processing and decision making of Basidiomycota fungi. This post is part of EC H2020 funded project 'FUNGAR: Fungal Architecture'. FUNGAR is a new cross-disciplinary research project that seeks to develop a combined, fully integrated structural and computational living substrate using fungal mycelium for the purpose of growing architecture. FUNGAR consortium is comprised of architects, computer scientists/biophysicists, mycologists and industry experts in mycelium-based technologies.

You will be responsible for developing software and electronic models of the growing mycelium networks, growing fungal architecture, to simulate computationally and in physical analog models sensorial fusion, information processing and computation on the mycelium networks. In the team with experimental RA you will be responsible for implementation of computing circuits, based on the interface between fungi, electrical function generators and recording equipment.

An ideal candidate would be a computer scientist, electronic engineer, physicist experience in computer modelling of the growing forms, esp, in 3D, graphic visualization, simulation of signals propagation and interaction in biological and biohybrid networks, signal analysis, electrical analog computing. Your publication track record should be consistent with your duration of active research life, and our expectations are three high-impact papers from a RA per year.

The project will be funded for three years. You will be required to travel to the project partners (CITA, Denmark, MOGU, Italy, Utrecht University, The Netherlands).

The Unconventional Computing Laboratory (UWE, Bristol) was founded by Prof Andy Adamatzky in 2001 as a response to an urgent need to develop computers for the next century. We employ complex dynamics in physical, chemical and biological media to design novel computational techniques, architectures and working prototypes of non-linear media based computers. The research is based on an interdisciplinary cooperation in modelling and experimental verification of novel principles of information processing and analysis in distributed large-scale chemical and physical systems. We apply these novel principles to the design of working prototypes of massively parallel computing devices which intrinsic functions exploit the nontrivial dynamics of nonlinear systems.

UWE Bristol is an ambitious university and a well-established university, with over 30,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,600 staff. UWE Bristol is one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West. We are globally connected and regionally embedded, with strong employer and partner connections.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity and is a big pull for students and employers alike. A place with a strong, creative and fiercely independent mindset.

Job Share: This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:
a generous holiday allowance of 27 Daysup to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in additionflexible workingexcellent defined benefit pension schemesoption to participate in the cycle to work schemefamily friendly policiesonsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
Frenchay Campus: This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed - with GBP 300m having been spent recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation to enhance our offer even further. Frenchay campus is within close proximity to excellent motorway links and within walking distance of two train stations, making UWE Frenchay Campus the ideal place to work for those wishing to commute to Bristol.

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This role is full time and fixed term for 3 years.

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Prof Andy Adamatzky on email: andrew.adamatzky@uwe.ac.uk

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook. Proud member of the Disability Confident employer scheme
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