Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

Nothingham University

United Kingdom

July 12, 2021


Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)



Closing Date

Monday, 12th July 2021

Job Type



Computer Science


£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- 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 human-subjects studies.

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 candidates.

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 ( 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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