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Postdoctoral Research Associates in Assuring Robot Autonomy (2 posts) - FIXED TERM

School of Computer Science

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £33,797 per annum
These are full time posts of 1 FTE, one is for 12 months and one is for 18 months from start date
Closing Date:   Sunday 12 July 2020
Interview Date:   Monday 27 July 2020
Reference:  COS755

Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS) is looking to appoint two new Post Doctoral Research Associates. The successful candidates will be employed as part of a project under the Assuring Autonomy International Programme, a multi-institution effort to address the challenge of assuring the safety of robotics and autonomous systems. The project involves mobile robots that operate in real-world application domains with a high demand on flexibility and interaction with people. The project will focus on robots that operate in an agricultural setting, working with our world-leading fleet of soft-fruit harvesting robots. 

Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS) specialises in technologies for perception, learning, decision-making, control and interaction in autonomous systems and the integration of these capabilities in application domains including agri-food and healthcare. We participate in many collaborative research projects with other academic and industry partners, funded by the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Horizon 2020, among others. We lead the £6.9m EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics, with the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia, and are co-leads of a £6.3m award from the UK Government’s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Fund to create Lincoln Agri-Robotics, a global centre of excellence for agricultural robotics, in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology. We also collaborate closely with the Lincoln Institute for Health and the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, which are focussed on delivering real-world impact in those domains, and SAGA Robotics, originators of the Thorvald robot family. Our joint facilities include dedicated robotics research labs, a demonstration farm, an experimental food factory, a fleet of diverse mobile and social robots, advanced compliant robotic manipulators, a swarm of microrobots, and state-of-the-art agricultural robots. Our objective is to become one of the world’s great robotics labs, working on technologies for enhancing the quality of life, our health, wellbeing and the food we eat.  

We are looking to recruit Post Doctoral Research Associates with relevant experience and/or a strong interest in research areas such as: Long-term autonomy for mobile robots; Human-robot interaction; Formal modelling and verification; Safety engineering; and 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 Research Fellowships offer the opportunity to engage in 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. One post will be fixed term for 18 months, the other for 12 months, with excellent opportunities for ongoing career development and progression. 

The successful candidates 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 Simon Parsons (email: sparsons@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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