Post/s of Full-Time Research Support Officer I or II or III or IV (Post-doc) - Biomedical...

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 May 2021

Call for Applications (Call ID: 73/2021)

Post/s of Full-Time Research Support Officer I or II or III or IV (Post-doc)

BrainCon - TRAKE

User-intuitive Continuous Brain Control of a Smart Wheelchair

Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics.

  • Applications are invited for a Research Support Officer to work on a full-time basis on “User-intuitive Continuous Brain Control of a Smart Wheelchair” (BrainCon), a project financed by the University of Malta through the Transdisciplinary Research and Knowledge Exchange Complex (TRAKE). The selected applicant will primarily be working on the development and testing of brain-computer interfacing (BCI) algorithms with the main purpose of driving a smart wheelchair, and on the design and development of methods to integrate the BCI signal with the autonomous controllers of the wheelchair for shared control between human and autonomous operators.
  • Applicants are required to be / have:
    • In possession of a Ph.D. degree in an area related to brain signal processing and machine learning;
    • Experience and proven competence in brain signal analysis and robot control;
    • Programming experience and fluency in Matlab / Simulink;
    • Good English written communication skills and academic writing skills.
    • The ability to work, independently and as part of a team;
    • The ability to work with human test subjects and patients;
    • Self-motivated;
    • Capable of organising and prioritising tasks within the project timeline to meet interim deadlines;
  • Applicants with an M.Sc. in areas related to brain signal processing and machine learning, may be considered for the RSO II post, depending on the applicant’s experience. Promising applicants who are in a possession of a Bachelor’s degree in the areas of electrical / electronic engineering (with a focus on electronics, signal processing and control engineering), biomedical engineering, computer science, and related areas, and who are willing to enrol for a full-time PhD with the Faculty of Engineering or the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics of the University of Malta in the area of research of the project will be considered.
  • It is desirable, but not required, that the applicants have:
    • Experience with experimental laboratory work and EEG data acquisition;
    • Experience in Python programming and with deep learning tools;
    • Experience with writing research proposals for project funding; and
    • Skills in electronic design.

    The University of Malta is an Equal Opportunity employer.

  • The full-time post is for a period of 36 months for RSO I/II and for 30 months for RSO III/IV and carries the following initial annual remuneration, depending on the experience of the candidate:
  • Research Support Officer I (Bachelors degree) €20,800

    Research Support Officer II (Masters degree) €24,960

    Research Support Officer III (Ph.D. degree) €31,200

    Research Support Officer IV (Ph.D. degree and postdoc experience) €41,600

  • Applicants need to be willing and able to work in Malta.
  • 7. Candidates must submit a cover letter, a copy of their curriculum vitae and a copy of their certificates (certificates of degrees must be submitted in English) by e-mail to projects.hrmd@um.edu.mt and should be received by not later than Tuesday, 4th May 2021.

    Late applications will not be considered.

    8. Further information may be obtained from https://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/recruitment/projects or by sending an email to the Project Coordinator, Professor Kenneth P. Camilleri on kenneth.camilleri@um.edu.mt .

    Further Information

  • The Research Support Officer will work on BrainCon, a project financed by the University of Malta, in which the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics is the lead partner. The aim of this project is to: (a) integrate a brain-computer interface (BCI) signal to the dynamic model of a smart wheelchair; (b) develop new methods permitting multi-dimensional control signal integration to include, e.g., speed control and direction control; (c) estimate signal integration parameters by reinforcement learning to be tuned by practice; and (d) to explore more intuitive mental states, such as thought speech. Combining an intuitive mental state command with a paradigm of continuous BCI control would lead to a more natural brain-machine interaction resembling embodied control, making this technology more viable for people with motor impairment. The project team is made up of experts in BCIs, experts in mobile robots, and a medical doctor specialising in rehabilitation medicine.
  • The main duties and responsibilities of the appointee will consist of carrying out research, development and project management duties including:
  • researching and reviewing texts (papers, books and other academic publications) relevant to the research topic;
  • developing, implementing and testing techniques for brain computer interfacing, machine learning, robotics and control;
  • analysing and presenting research findings;
  • preparing data collection protocols and conducting data collection sessions in laboratory and/or clinical settings;
  • attending meetings including national and international meetings, conferences and seminars related to the project and presenting at such meetings;
  • preparing and writing reports and academic publications;
  • coordinating work with other members of the project;
  • assisting in dissemination activities related to the project;
  • performing any other project-related tasks as instructed by the project coordinator.
  • The appointees are expected to work at such places and during such hours as may be determined by the University authorities.
  • 4. The selection procedure will involve:

    a. scrutiny of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application);

    b. short-listing; and

  • an interview and / or extended interview.
  • 5. The post is for a period of 30 or 36 months, which will be subject to a probationary period and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.

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    Msida, 13th April 2021


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