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Research Associate: Autonomous Systems

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £27,831 to £32,236
Closing Date:   Tuesday 16 July 2019
Interview Date:   Friday 19 July 2019
Reference:  A2717

A research position is available to work on an exciting, cross-disciplinary million pound project called Collaborative Technologies in Underwater Robotics and Computer Vision with a team of industrial partners (including QinetiQ, Nuvia, Bristol Maritime Robotics Ltd and Fortis Mechanical Design Ltd) funded by Innovate UK to investigate and develop next generation autonomous robotic systems that will operate in hazardous underwater environment with little human direct involvement. The project requires contribution to the research and development of algorithms and software within ROS on Python (the expertise with Python and ROS is critically important) to enable simulation and experimentation with real mobile robots. Research challenges include development of the situation awareness using tactile and passive EO sensors, navigation using sonar SLAM and decision making with elements of autonomy and objects recognition in challenging environments from sonar point clouds.

In the project you will collaborate with an experienced team of industrial experts and will be performing challenging research tasks leading to implementation of advanced algorithms on software (Python), testing and validating the results in simulation (in ROS) and ultimately on laboratory scale mobile robots (unmanned ground based vehicles). The results will be integrated in systems with industrial significance and national importance.

You will be experienced in the area of mobile robotics, autonomous systems, control and navigation with interest to SLAM and keen to learn more about computer vision.

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals with experience in relevant aspects of Computer Science or Electrical Engineering. You must be able to demonstrate a research background in the area of mobile robotics, autonomous systems or computer vision, and have excellent programming skills. We are particularly interested in applicants who are excited by the potential of working at the interface between disciplines.

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The position is full-time until 31 December 2019 and can start as soon as possible.

The School of Computing & Communications is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Interested candidates should contact Prof. Plamen Angelov for informal inquiries (

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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