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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL18464

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £33,615 - £37,411 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL18464
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 18-Apr-2019
Closing date: 19-May-2019

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The school of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London has a vacancy for a postdoctoral Research Assistant. The appointed candidate will be working on multi-partner EPSRC funded project “National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR)”. The research will be carried out in the research group of Professor Kaspar Althoefer.

The National Centre for Nuclear Robotics aims to create robotics solutions for cleaning up the UK’s 4.9million tonnes of legacy nuclear waste is the largest and most complex environmental remediation task in the whole of Europe. Many of the materials, e.g., those that are alpha-contaminated, are too hazardous and potentially harmful for humans even when protected by air-fed plastic suits, and, hence, advanced robot behaviours/capabilities are needed to reduce or even eliminate the need for human worker entries. In high gamma environments, human entries are impossible, and electronics are also vulnerable.

The focus of this post will be on the development of intelligent tactile and force sensing methods and algorithms for advanced robot object manipulation and handling, including the use of AI-based/machine learning algorithms to enable active perception and robust autonomous robotic manipulation in challenging variable and unstructured environments. An important element of the work to be conducted will be on integrating and interfacing sensors with robot structures capable of conducting waste management and decommissioning tasks in the extreme environment of the nuclear industry.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Robotics, Robotic Perception, Machine Learning or equivalent. It is essential that the successful candidate has expertise of tactile and force sensor development and interfacing of robotic structures, as well as expertise in AI and machine learning techniques. The ability to demonstrate research skills in writing technical reports is also necessary. Significant knowledge of hardware design and interfacing would be an advantage.

The post is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 18 months, and it is available from 1 June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be £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 Professor Kaspar Althoefer at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 3419.

To apply, please click on the link below.

The closing date for applications is 19 May 2019.   Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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