Research Fellow - Safe Autonomy

University of York

United Kingdom

July 28, 2022


Research Fellow - Safe Autonomy


Institute for Safe Autonomy


£40,927 - £50,296 a year (reduced pro-rata)


Grade 7

Contract status

Fixed term

Hours of work

Full or part-time (see job details)

Based at

University of York campus (with some remote working options available)

Interview date

12 August 2022

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  • Role Description


    The Institute for Safe Autonomy (ISA) is a new Institute based in a recently completed building on Campus East. ISA is an exciting development at the University, bringing together existing research teams from Computer Science, Electronic Engineering and Physics and providing a range of new experimental facilities in the area of communications, robotics and autonomy. The Institute has an external facing remit looking to work closely with industry, government and third sector and to deliver impact from the excellent interdisciplinary research happening across the University in the area of Safe Autonomy.

    ISA has recently won an additional £1.5m to enable the Institute to build a solar array which will both provide power to the building and act as a ‘living lab' for research into the use of robotic and autonomous systems in the installation and maintenance of solar arrays and sustainable energy infrastructure.

    We are now recruiting to key research posts that will help deliver the Institute's Research Strategy and, in particular, support the goal of increasing the University's industrial engagement through delivery of significant collaborative and industry-funded research.


    We are looking to appoint a dynamic Research Fellow with a background that will support one or more of the Institute's four research pillars around different aspects of the safety of Robotic, Connected and Autonomous Systems (RCAS). Each of these pillars is led by a University of York academic and supported by a wide range of research across different departments.

  • Design and Verification – focussing on the design and verification of safety centred software and hardware;
  • Assurance – looking at tools and methods to assure and regulate autonomous systems;
  • Advanced Communications – developing resilient communication mechanisms to enhance the security of communications between RCAS
  • Society and Ethics – working to ensure RCAS are used appropriately, safely and ethically.
  • The Research Fellow will have expertise in Autonomous Systems/Robotics generally and/or a specific relevant research area, which could include one or more of the following:

  • Human Machine Interaction
  • Human-Machine Teaming
  • Advanced Communication Technologies (including Quantum) for RCAS
  • Cyber Security
  • Ethics and Trust
  • The successful applicant will focus on delivering high-impact, translational research and have a track-record of interdisciplinary working, with the ability to build new links with industrial partners to develop wider collaboration and industry-led projects. The post has initial funding for 3 years, with an expectation that the successful candidate will develop a significant research programme that will support the role after this period.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge in an area of RCAS research relevant to the Institute's goals sufficient to engage in high quality research
  • Ability to lead and experience of successfully managing research projects
  • Proven ability to attract and obtain external research funding
  • Collaborative ethos
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience using a range of media
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams and/or with industrial collaborators is desirable
  • This role is available full time or part time at a minimum of 29.60 hours per week (0.8 FTE)

    Interview date: 12 August 2022

    For informal enquiries: Please contact Professor Miles Elsden isa-

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as...