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Senior Research Fellow - fixed term until 31 December 2022 (AAIP)

Computer Science
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
49,149 - 56,950 a year
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We are seeking a highly-motivated postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow to work with Professor John McDermid in the lead technical role 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 work extensively with the Director, with specific individual responsibilities but also with flexibility to support other staff in York and our international collaborators.  This is likely to involve travel in the UK and internationally.

You will be responsible for leading the development, refinement and validation of a Body of Knowledge (BoK), which will be the key deliverable from the programme, and will also include contributing to the production of research outputs and outcomes. The BoK will be a wide-reaching, structured, curated knowledge base covering the state-of-the-art techniques, methods and processes for the engineering (including assuring), deploying (including regulating) and operating of RAS across multiple domains, and dealing with key technologies, e.g. Artificial Intelligence (AI). At present it is expected that these domains will include maritime, air and healthcare, at a minimum.

You will have a first degree and a PhD in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering (or equivalent experience), with significant research relevant to RAS of their constituent technologies such as AI, and experience of different research techniques and methodologies. You will have a good understanding of system safety, enabling you to contribute to work on assurance and regulation of RAS, with the vision to see and contribute to the “big picture” issues such as assurance of systems that learn, data safety, etc. You will develop a foundation and structure for the BoK, lead its development, and help in its validation by application on real-world RAS projects. You will collaborate with a large consortium of academic and industrial partners to validate the project outcomes in a broad range of application domains. You will also 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.

Salary is in the range £49,149 - £56,950 a year (Grade 8). This post is full time (37 hours a week) and is fixed term until 31 December 2022. You will be based at the University of York, Heslington Campus East.

Closing date: 1 March 2018

Interview date: 15 March 2018

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