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Postsdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL18444

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £33,615 - £37,411 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL18444
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 a Turing funded project. The research will be carried out in the research group of Professor Kaspar Althoefer.

The field of human-robot interaction (HRI) has seen a dramatic development over the last decade, with a wide range of researchers moving the field forward considerably. HRI has gained in importance with an observed need for robots that can operate in the vicinity of humans or even get in physical contact with them; application areas include robot-assisted minimally-invasive surgery, cooperative robotics in manufacturing (Industry 4.0), for the remote handling of objects in extreme environments including those in the nuclear industry, for rehabilitation and the care of the disabled and elderly. This project aims to create intelligent methods for natural and intuitive human-robot interaction, with the goal of equipping robots with the required intelligence to understand a given manual task in such a way to actively support a human completing it.

The focus of this post will be on

  • conducting a feasibility study on coffordances (i.e. collaboration affordances) algorithms for robot-human tool handover,
  • supporting the preparation of applications for external follow-on funding.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Robotics, Machine Learning, AI or equivalent. Essential to this role, the candidate must have expertise in techniques relevant to the development of intelligent, integrated robot systems, in particular those that interact with humans, be able to demonstrate excellent research skills in writing technical reports and have expertise in the development and integration of software for robotic systems. Expertise in preparing grant applications is also desired.

The post is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 12 months, and it is available from 1 July 2019. 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 the link below.

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

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