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Research Associate: Modelling & Simulation of Evolutionary Robotics

Electronic Engineering
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 32,548 Per year
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Role Description

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Electronic Engineering within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of York.

We are seeking a dynamic Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a project that will develop and demonstrate a robotic design and fabrication system based upon evolutionary computation. While evolutionary robotics have been demonstrated there is no system that evolves both morphology and controllers. You will conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research outputs. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, you will be responsible for developing a simulation environment for modelling robots created through an evolutionary processes, that will demonstrate the evolution of morphology and controllers for robots.  You will assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects.

Essential criteria for the position are a PhD (completed or near completion) degree or equivalent experience in Electronic Engineering, Physics or Computer Science with a first degree in Engineering or Computer Science or equivalent (minimum 2:1 or equivalent).

You will be skilled in experimental design, experimental practice and data analysis and will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research. Highly developed communication skills are expected, to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media. You will possess the ability to write up research work for high-profile publications and engage in public dissemination.

You will have practical experience of robot modelling and simulation tools, and in the use of robot physical engine simulators, experience of inter-disciplinary research and of writing up research work for publication.  The ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using your own initiative is essential.

The post holder will report to Prof. Andrew Tyrrell and working closely with Prof Jon Timmis, and will investigate evolutionary computing methods to create robots. The post is part of a large research project, supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The position is funded for a period of 4 years, commencing on 1 August 2018. Salary is on Grade 6: £31,604- £32,548 per year. 

The closing date for applications is 10 June 2018.

Informal enquiries relating to the role may be directed to Prof Andy Tyrrell or Prof Jon Timmis

Or alternatively to Janet Clegg (, 01904 323223) for general information about working in the department.

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