Research Fellow in Applied Autonomy for Small Inspection Robots

University of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering

United Kingdom

Research Fellow in Applied Autonomy for Small Inspection Robots

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced researcher in applied robotic systems?  Are you looking for a new and exciting challenge as part of a world class robotics team? Do you want to design and create robotic systems that will change our lives?

As a key member of the lab, you will lead on the development of new autonomous algorithms, systems and software deployed on robots in real world scenarios.  The Real Robotics lab has over £3m of current research projects.  Our research includes robotic systems to inspect and repair cities infrastructure, design and manufacturing of robots, including world class robot fabrication facilities.  Current major externally funded projects include PipebotsTrustworthy autonomous systems node in Verification, and the recently awarded ‘strength in places’ funding linked with the Advanced Machinery and Productivity Institute (the AMP Institute).  

Holding a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) and a Bachelors or Masters in Robotics, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics or Mechanical Engineering; you will have experience in applied autonomy on real physical robots (for example, undertaking tasks such as mapping, SLAM, & Navigation).

What we offer in return

  • 25 days holiday plus 15.5 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That’s over 40 days a year!
  • Pension schemes with a generous contribution from the University. 
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more!   

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2156 or email: 

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Mechanical Engineering
Section: Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Working Time: 37.5 hours per week
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 30 April 2024 (grant funding))
Release Date: Tuesday 07 June 2022
Closing Date: Wednesday 06 July 2022
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: EPSME1095

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