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Research Associate

Computer Science
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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You will make significant theoretical and practical research contributions to the development of methods for the safe sharing of control in autonomous vehicles. You will develop methods for the machine learning, modelling and verification of safety-driver situational awareness; for generating robust control software for the shared control of autonomous vehicles; and for generating evidence that this software operates safely. You will contribute to the validation of these methods using a Force Dynamics 401CR driving simulator, and write up results of tests and experiments undertaken. You will disseminate the project results through publications, conference presentations and outreach activities; and you will contribute to their integration into a Body of Knowledge on state-of-the-art methods and processes for the engineering, assurance, regulation, deployment and operation of robotics and autonomous systems. You will provide guidance to other staff and students, as required, as well as coordinating the work of small research teams, as well as assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • You will have a first degree in Computer Science (or a related subject), and a PhD in Computer Science (or equivalent experience), with significant background and research experience in software or systems modelling and verification, and in machine learning. You will have a good understanding of research techniques and methodologies. Ideally, you will have an understanding of control software synthesis methods and tools, autonomous vehicles, safety requirements, and probabilistic model checking.
  • You will also have strong software development skills, and highly developed communication skills. 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 Radu Calinescu (email:   

This is a fixed term contract for 17 months.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 29 October 2019.

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