Research Fellow in Evolutionary Robotics

University of York Department of Electronic Engineering

United Kingdom

Research Fellow - Evolutionary Robotics

Department:Electronic Engineering
Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:40,322 - 49,553 a year
Interview Date:29/04/2021
Posted Date:04/03/2021
Apply by:11/04/2021
Job Reference:9149

Role Description


The Department of Electronic Engineering at York is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic researcher to undertake and develop new research to support the research undertaken by the Head of Department, Professor Andy Tyrrell. Applications are invited for a full-time fixed term contract for a Research Fellow in Evolutionary Robotics.


You will contribute to the research and development of physical robots, algorithms, tools and software design for implementation in various robot environments. Your main responsibilities will be the development of biologically-inspired algorithms and mechanisms that can be used to design robots. You will contribute to and/or lead on the production of research outputs and research outcomes, including writing up research work for publication in high profile journals and engaging in public dissemination. You will participate actively in the planning and management of research projects, including supervising the work of others; provide expert advice and guidance; and will work closely with other academic and industrial partners in the area of evolutionary robotics.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

Essential criteria for the position are:

  • A PhD (completed or near completion) degree or equivalent experience in Electronic Engineering or Computer Science;
  • First degree in Electronic Engineering/Computer Science or cognate area;
  • Advanced knowledge and practical experience in the areas of evolutionary algorithms, physical and simulated robotics;
  • Prior experience in designing evolutionary algorithm for robots, robot simulation packages and physical robot experiments;
  • Research expertise and competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects;
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research.

The role requires you to have:

  • Proven ability to design and implement evolutionary algorithms for robot applications.
  • The ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination. 
  • Competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events
  • Ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds
  • Knowledge of machine-learning applied to robotics is essential

In addition, you will be able to work as part of a team and also to work independently using your own initiative.

This is a fixed term contract until 31 July 2022.

Interview date: 29 April 2021

For informal enquiries: Please contact Head of Department, Professor Andy Tyrrell at, or if you would like to talk to someone about working in the Department please contact Dr Jude Brereton,

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