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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL16208

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £33,615 - £37,411 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL16208
Date posted: 02-Oct-2018
Closing date: 01-Nov-2018

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Overview:

 

An exciting opportunity opens for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position to work on the EPSRC UK project “MAN^3: huMAN-inspired robotic MANipulation for advanced MANufacturing”. The project is led by the Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with three companies based in London: Shadow Robot, Google DeepMind and Ocado. The research will be carried out at ARQ, the Advanced Robotics centre at Queen Mary, and within the school of EECS (Electronic Engineering and Computer Science), under the supervision of Dr Lorenzo Jamone.

The overall aim of the project is to improve dexterous robotic manipulation in terms of autonomy, adaptability, flexibility and robustness: in other words, to make it more human-like. Data-driven learning and control, bootstrapped by human demonstrations, is the most appealing solution to achieve this improvement. Also, human demonstrations will be more effective if the human has access to the same sensory feedback the robot has (nothing more, nothing less) and if multimodal sensory feedback is available (vision, touch, proprioception); this is now possible due to the recent advances in VR and sensing technologies. This leads to the three main objectives of MAN^3: developing a system for natural human-robot demonstration of manipulation actions through immersive teleoperation (O1); delivering a solution for robust robotic grasping and dexterous in-hand manipulation based on human demonstrations and robot learning (O2); applying the proposed solution to the human-demonstrated robotic picking, handling and placing of delicate food items (O3).

 

Candidates must have a PhD degree in Robotics, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or related areas, with a solid publication track record. Candidates should have good knowledge of computer programming (C++/Python) and software integration for robotics, robot control, and basics of signal processing and electronics. Good knowledge of machine learning, estimation and optimization is highly desirable. Experience with real robotic hardware is essential, and experience with robotic manipulation, robot vision and tactile sensing would be highly desired. Solid knowledge of Linux and ROS environments is highly desirable.

 

The post is a full time, fixed term appointment for the period of 36 months or until 31 December 2021 (whichever is the shorter), with tentative starting date on 1 January 2019. Starting salary will be in the range of £33,615 - £37,411 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

 

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Lorenzo Jamone at l.jamone@qmul.ac.uk.

 

Details about EECS can be found at www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk.

Details about ARQ can be found at www.qmul.ac.uk/robotics/.

 

To apply, please click on the link below.

 

The closing date for applications is 1 November 2018. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

 

 

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