Research Fellow - School of Computer Science - 100133 - (220001IZ)
RESEARCH FELLOW – 100133
School of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with
potential progression once in post to £43,434. PLEASE NOTE - As this
vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is £37,467.
Fixed-term until 31 March 2026
Closing Date: 1 Sep 2022
Note to Candidates : applicants should include their CV and a list of
their top 3 publications to date with a 300 words summary for each and how it
can be relevant to the post advertised.
The post is to conduct world-leading research in developing task and motion
planning methods for autonomous robots in dynamic and uncertain environments.
The successful candidate will join Intelligent Robotics Lab (IRLab) in the
context of the Horizon EU CONVINCE project (CONtext-aware Verifiable and
adaptIve dyNamiC dEliberation).
Summary of Role
• Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing
• Operate within area of specialism
• Analyse and interpret research findings and results
• Contribute to generating funding
• Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial
success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or
public understanding of the discipline or similar
• Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with
assistance of a mentor if required
• Developing fast reliable planning methods for prediction via simulation
• Developing active planning and plan refinement methods for root cause
analysis of execution failure.
• Implementation of a tool for combining task and motion planning with plan
refinement in dynamic environments.
• Integrating developed planning tools with the overall project toolchain for
use cases including robot vacuum cleaner, assembly robot, robotic museum guide
• Contributing to writing the deliverables for the project
• Publishing research outputs in world-class conferences and journals
• Participating in project and integration meetings
• Contributing to supervising or collaborating with other team members and
• Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts
thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
• Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives
• Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering
an inclusive working culture.
• PhD (or a finalised defence date) in computer science, robotics or any
related fields, or equivalent qualifications/experience
• Proficient in several programming languages including Python, C++
• Ability to realise developed algorithms in real robots
• Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
• Knowledgeable in broad AI techniques including but not limited to task and
motion planning, verification, and machine learning.
• Proven strong publication track record in different forms of robot planning
methods, e.g., conferences like IJCAI, AAAI, ICAPS, IROS, ICRA, RSS
• Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how
to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with
protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Iran Mansouri (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome
applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions
around all forms of flexible working.
: Academic Non-clinical
: Computer Science
: 02.08.2022, 6:00:00 AM
Grade (for job description): Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis)
Advert Close Date
: 02.09.2022, 5:59:00 AM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 31.03.2026