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Research Associate - fixed term for 3 years (AAIP)

Computer Science
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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 38,832 a year
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We are seeking a highly-motivated postdoctoral Research Associate to develop and evaluate new dynamic risk models and safety case approaches for reasoning about the safety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). The project aims to make significant contributions to the assurance of the safe design and operation of RAS, and is part of the 'Assuring Autonomy International Programme’ (, a £12 million initiative funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York to spearhead research, training and standards in the safety of RAS.

You will classify circumstances, based on the literature and in collaboration with industrial partners, where there is value in assessing risk dynamically (i.e. during operation based on real-time data). You will develop new risk models and assurance rules (some of which are amenable to automation) for updating risks and confidence at different phases of operation (i.e. at runtime), thereby realising the notion of dynamic safety cases. You will validate the project deliverables via demonstrators developed with the collaboration of project partners from academia and industry. You will disseminate the project results through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; and you will contribute to their integration into a future Body of Knowledge comprising state-of-the-art techniques, methods and processes for the engineering, assurance, regulation, deployment and operation of RAS.

You will have a first degree in Computer Science (or a related subject), and a PhD in Computer Science (or equivalent experience). You will have a good understanding of safety analysis and assurance methodologies and machine learning technologies. You will also have excellent software modelling and analysis skills, highly developed communication skills, and experience of developing software tools. You will have the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals; to engage in public dissemination; and to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for your own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor.

Essential personal attributes for this position include attention to detail and commitment to high quality, collaborative ethos, interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project, positive attitude to colleagues and students, and ability to plan and prioritise your own work in order to meet deadlines. You will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research, and of writing up research work for publication in high-quality venues; and ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently using own initiative.

Informal enquiries to Dr Ibrahim Habli (email:

Salary is in the range £31,604 - £38,832 a year (Grade 6). This post is full time (37 hours a week) and is fixed term for 3 years. You will be based at the University of York, Heslington Campus East.

Closing date: 1 March 2018

Interview date: 20 or 21 March 2018

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