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Research Associate in Intelligent Robotics

Electronic Engineering
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 to 38,832 a year
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Role Description

Applications are invited for a fixed term postdoctoral research associate appointment in the Department of Electronic Engineering to work on the EPSRC project ‘RoboCalc’ within the Intelligent Systems research group (IS) alongside Professor Jon Timmis. The IS Group undertakes research on hardware and software systems, with a focus on biologically-inspired systems. The work also forms part of York Robotics Laboratory ( which brings together researchers from Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Biology and the Environment Departments to investigate a wider variety of issues relating to robotics and autonomous systems.  

The project is in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, and the High-Integrity Systems Engineering Group (HISE).  The overall project is led by Professor Ana Cavalcanti from the HISE group. The main goal of ‘RoboCalc’ is the development and justification of notations and techniques for modelling, simulation, and verification of software in the context of robotics and autonomous systems applications.  Justification is via a unified and comprehensive semantic model.

You will work primarily on the development of computer-based simulations of robotic systems, the integration of formal methods tools developed elsewhere in the project to the simulation tool chain and develop a hardware demonstrator in collaboration with various industrial partners.  You will also conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research, contribute to the preparation of research proposals and applications to external bodies, assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise and ccontribute to the preparation of research papers.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

You are expected to have a PhD in Computer Science/Electronic Engineering with thesis in the area of autonomous mobile robotics or PhD in Computer Science/Electronic Engineering and other relevant experience in the area of autonomous mobile robotics.  You will have expertise in mobile and autonomous systems, and specifically be experienced in the development of simulations and their translation to physical robotic systems.  Experience in collective (or swarm) robotics would be desirable.

You should have outstanding programming skills and be confident in communicating to researchers from software engineering. You should have experience of developing and analysing robotic control systems (in simulation and hardware), and be keen to promote robotics in the context of outreach to the general public.  You will also have the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination, and have highly developed communications skills including the ability to make presentations at conferences. You will have the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and also to work using your own initiative.

A promising and upcoming record of high-quality recent publications of research work is essential. 

The post is available immediately on a full time basis. The salary range will be between £31,604 - £38,832 on grade 6 of the University’s salary scales.  This post is available on a fixed term basis until 30 March 2020.

Informal enquiries may be made in the first instance to Professor Jon Timmis ( / 01904 322318).

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