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Postdoctoral Research Associates in Robot Navigation and Mapping (FIXED TERM)

School of Computer Science

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £33,797 per annum
This post is fixed term for 24 months and full time at 1.0 FTE
Closing Date:   Wednesday 11 March 2020
Interview Date:   Monday 30 March 2020
Reference:  COS738

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint one to two new Postdoctoral Research Associates (number of posts subject to budget approval) to join the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). The successful candidate(s) will be employed as part of our Horizon 2020 projectsinvolving several internationally well-known academic institutes and industrial partners across several European countries. The projects involve fleets of mobile robots that operate in real-world application domains with a high demand on flexibility, including applications of navigational technologies in dynamic environments such as vineyards and warehousesL-CAS contributions to the projects include ensuring long-term operation of autonomous mobile robots, maintaining their environment representations (maps) over time, learning and predicting activity patterns to ensure reliable and task-appropriate robot navigationand contributing to the integration of advanced robotic systems.  

We are looking to recruit Postdoctoral Research Associates(s) with relevant experience and/or a strong interest in research areas such as: 

  • Long-term autonomy for mobile robots 

  • Lifelong self-localisation and mapping; 

  • 3D perception and semantic mapping; 

  • Navigation and environment modelling; 

  • Systems integration, including ROS. 

Applicants should have, or expect to soon obtain, a PhD in a relevant area. You must have excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python, ROS). The post(s) offers the opportunity to engage in international collaboration within an ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and disseminate original research contributions in the leading international conferences and journals. This post(s) will be fixed term for initially 2 years, with the potential opportunity to contract extension and excellent opportunities for ongoing career development and progression. 

The successful candidate will contribute to the University’s ambition to achieve international recognition as a research-intensive institution and will be expected to design, conduct and manage original research in the above subject areas as well contribute to the wider activities of L-CAS. Evidence of authorship of research outputs of international standing is essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including excellent written and spoken communication skills. Opportunities to teach and supervise postgraduate students, including our MSc programme in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, will also be available to outstanding candidates. 

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Prof Tom Duckett (email: tduckett@lincoln.ac.uk) or Prof Marc Hanheide (email: mhanheide@lincoln.ac.uk) 

As an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder, we are committed to advancing gender equality in STEM, therefore female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. 

If you have any queries, please email jobs@lincoln.ac.uk or telephone 01522 886 775. Please quote the job reference number and title in all correspondence. 

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