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Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Law and Robotics

York Law School
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 a year (Pro rata for 9 months)
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We seek to appoint a Research Associate to join an exciting new project: Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and Maintenance (RIMA). The project will explore best practices and provide services to facilitate the uptake of robotic inspection and maintenance technologies. The position is funded by an EU Horizon 2020 grant, and by the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP). RIMA is an international collaboration involving 23 partners across the EU.

As a Research Associate, you will join an active research environment at York Law School, along with a multi-disciplinary community of scholars working on AI issues at the University of York.  The University of York is also home to the £12M Assuring Autonomy International Programme, which focusses on novel methods of gaining confidence in robotics and autonomous systems, to develop new regulations, and your work will be aligned with this programme.


You will work closely with Phillip Morgan (York Law School), and Rob Alexander (Department of Computer Science), and will have a major role conducting individual and collaborative legal research. This will involve collecting and analysing material on regulation and liability issues concerning the use of robotic technologies in EU member states.

You will also write up and disseminate research results including: presenting findings at project events, briefing stakeholders, co-authoring reports and peer-reviewed academic papers. You will also take a key role in organising workshops; assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research; provide guidance to other staff and students, as required; and assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

Candidates must have a first degree in law and a PhD in law or a relevant subject area, or equivalent experience. Knowledge and experience of comparative law or regulation research techniques is also essential.  You will also have highly developed communication skills and the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination.

Selected candidates will be interviewed, either in person or remotely.

This post is available for 9 months. The salary for this post will be £32,236 a year (pro rata for 9 months) on grade 6 of the University’s salary scales.

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Phillip Morgan


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