Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)
Monday, 12th July 2021
£27511 to £40322 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
We are looking to recruit one postdoctoral researcher to join our growing
robotics research team in the School of Computer Science. Applicants should
have an excellent background in mathematics and software engineering, and be
committed to applying their research to real robotic systems that physically
interact with humans in challenging settings.
Successful applicants will work under the supervision of Dr Ayse Kucukyilmaz
in the context of EU CHIST-ERA project HEAP (https: // heap-chist-
era.github.io/about/). HEAP is a European consortium that investigates
robotic sorting of unstructured heaps of unknown objects, commonly found in
nuclear decommissioning, recycling, and manufacturing applications.
Our team investigates novel robot manipulation and machine learning algorithms
to learn from human guidance and develop effective shared control mechanisms.
You will be placed at the centre of this exciting project, benefitting from
international collaboration and taking a leading role in the research,
development, integration and orchestration of the overall system, with a focus
on algorithm and software development, as well as conducting and analysing
The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities within
the newly built Cobot Maker Space, including research space and robot arms
(Franka Emika Panda), haptic interfaces (Haption Virtuose 6D TAO, Geomagic
Touch X), computer vision equipment, physiological sensors, as well as
dedicated data storage, and access to GPU cluster and 3D printing facilities.
We offer an excellent working environment within one of the world's top
research universities, as well as opportunities to develop a strong individual
research portfolio while being engaged in impactful and exciting research
solving real-world problems of great societal need. 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 mentor and co-supervise MSc and PhD
students working in the project team will also be available to outstanding
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).
Research experience and/or keen interest in teleoperation, shared control, and
machine learning is desirable.
The post is available immediately and is available until 30/03/2022. Hours of
work are full time (36.25 hours). Job share arrangements may be considered.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Ayse Kucukyilmaz via email
(Ayse.Kucukyilmaz@nottingham.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent
directly to this email address will not be accepted.
Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive
community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and
beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is
fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications
from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support
we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.
For all successful international applicants, including EU/EEA applicants from
January 2021, we offer an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of
immigration-related expenses to the UK, including visas and the NHS surcharge.
For more information download our Support with Immigration Expenses document.
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