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Bryan Bishop

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Subject: [alife] Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence: European
Space Agency's Advanced Concepts Team
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Internal Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence

The European Space Agency's Advanced Concepts Team (www.esa.int/act) is looking
for highly motivated young researchers in the field of artificial
intelligence, with good
analytical and communicational skills and an excellent aptitude for teamwork.

The Team
The Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) is a group of research fellows (post-docs) and
young graduates who originate from a broad variety of academic fields
and aim at an
academic career. The team’s task is to monitor, perform and foster research on
advanced space systems, innovative concepts and working methods. It interacts
externally almost exclusively with academia and operates as a truly
team bound to high scientific standards. Via its research, the team
acts as a crossdepartmental
pathfinder to explore novel, potentially promising areas for ESA and the
space sector, ranging from applied to basic fundamental topics. The
team is in constant
evolution and attempts to lead and embrace changes and new trends.
Each member is
therefore encouraged and expected to contribute and suggest changes.
Internally, the Advanced Concepts Team acts as the technical
think-tank within the
Director General's Policy Office. Thus, an important task of the team
is to communicate
scientific trends and results, as input to the strategic planning of the Agency.
The team has been active in the field of artificial intelligence since
several years and
interested candidates are invited to get familiar with these projects,
while being
encouraged to expand the domain to new interesting fields not yet covered.

Duties and tasks
Successful candidates will perform research in artificial intelligence
and will in
particular carry out the following tasks:
• Propose and perform high-level research in the field of artificial
together with universities of ESA member States and cooperating States (in
particular through the Ariadna programme).
• Assess and investigate concepts and novel theoretical methods in artificial
intelligence for synergies with space systems.
• Lead and assist interdisciplinary projects with other ACT Research Fellows in
topics where the above-mentioned areas of artificial intelligence play a role.
• Participate, with the rest of the team, in the assessment of proposed space
system concepts - these not being restricted only to the artificial
intelligence area
- and propose new concepts and assessment studies.
• Perform and participate in small studies on subjects of strategic interest to
provide in-house expertise to ESA’s Director General's Policy Office and its
General Studies Programme.
• Follow and monitor the progress of research in areas of artificial
intelligence of
interest to the team in order to derive and report strategic trends.
• Propose and follow stage topics in areas of artificial intelligence
of interest to
the space sector.
• Actively communicate topics, problems, projects, trends and results
in the field
of artificial intelligence to expert and non-expert audiences.

Areas of research are partly chosen by the successful candidate based
on his/her own
expert judgements and insight into trends and developments in
artificial intelligence,
partly chosen by the team as to follow strategic directions of the
Agency. Based on
current assessments, ACT areas of research in artificial intelligence
include swarm
intelligence, multi-agent systems and agent-based simulations,
evolutionary neural
networks, adaptive control, probabilistic modelling, global
optimisation, machine
learning, dynamical systems, bio-inspired sensors and control
mechanisms and brain
machine interfaces, but these can be extended to other areas of
interest to the space

The candidate should hold a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or
He or she should also have completed (or be about to complete) a PhD in Computer
Science, Mathematics or Engineering, with the subject of the thesis being highly
relevant to the description of the tasks outlined above, and should aim at an
academic/research career. Good programming skills and experience with simulated
environments or dedicated software are assets.
The candidate is expected to bring to the team functioning links to
universities and
research institutes. The candidate should demonstrate an interest in
space science and /
or technology as well as the ability and interest to get actively
involved in prospective
interdisciplinary research.

Successful candidates are expected to show an aptitude to
contextualise specialised
areas of research and to quickly assess their potential with respect
to other domains and
applications. An avid, natural curiosity and a passion for new
subjects and research
areas are essential. As member of an interdisciplinary, multicultural
team of peers, the
candidate should have a natural aptitude to teamwork, while being able
to set-up,
follow, monitor and be responsible for his/her own personal research plans and
directions. Good methodological and organisation skills are therefore
a valuable asset.

Information on the ESA Research Fellowship Programme and the
application form are
available at: www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Careers_at_ESA/SEM19DXO4HD_0.html.
Applicants should send their CV, a cover letter stating their research
interests and the
filled-out RF application form to: a...@esa.int as well as
temp...@esa.int. (if not
possible by email, the four reference letters can also be sent via
normal mail to: ESTEC
HR Division, RES-HTR, ESA/ESTEC; Keplerlaan 1, PO Box 299, 2200AG Noordwijk
ZH, The Netherlands).
The general eligibility criteria of the ESA Research (Internal)
Fellowship Programme

All applications will be considered until the available post is
filled. Application deadline
for this round of interviews: no later than May 17, 2010.
All applicants are encouraged to visit the website of ESA:
www.esa.int, and of the the
Advanced Concepts Team: www.esa.int/act. In case of clarification
needs please send
us an email to: a...@esa.int

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