Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Mobile Robotics

University of Oxford - Department of Engineering Science

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Mobile Robotics (5 posts)

We are seeking five full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Mobile Robotics to join Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) at the Department of Engineering Science. The posts are funded by EPSRC and are fixed-term until 31 March 2021.

These postdoctoral researchers will contribute to research strands as part of the EPSRC’s Hubs for Extreme and Challenging Environments, related to the domains of Nuclear and Offshore robotics. The research will be domain-independent and applied to walking, rolling and flying mobile robots.

Potential research areas including visual-inertial state estimation, dynamic motion planning and control for quadrupeds and micro aerial vehicles, navigation and mapping, contact sequence planning, as well as mission planning under uncertainty.

The successful candidates will be responsible for carrying out research and developing algorithms within one of the research areas described above; write software adhering to group standards to implement these techniques and algorithms; and coordinate and lead field trials. You will take an active role in the maintenance and development of the software and mechatronic aspects of our robots and vehicles.

You should possess a PhD/DPhil in robotics, AI or computer vision (or be near completion). You should also have experience in skills relevant to the aforementioned areas such as optimisation, machine learning, state estimation, human robot interface, planning, probabilistic modelling. Demonstrable excellence in C++/Python software development skills and expertise in Linux are also essential.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Maurice Fallon (, Dr Ioannis Havoutis ( and Professor Nick Hawes ( Further information can be found at:

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 10 November 2017 can be considered.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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