Technician at Bristol Robotics Laboratory

University of Bristol - Department of Engineering Mathematics

This technician position is part of two research projects: (i) the RoboVox research project in Soft Robotic Implantable Medical Devices, funded by the Wellcome Trust; (ii) the ‘Biomimetic forebrain for robot touch’ research project on 3D-printed Tactile Robotic Hands, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. These projects are both based in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and will run concurrently.

The role holder will support the research and development activities of these projects, including the design, development and fabrication of soft robotic devices with integrated electronics. This will include prototype larynx replacement devices and 3d-printed soft tactile robotics hands. This is expected to include soft robotic actuators, smart materials, active compliant structures, integrated electronics, CAD and 3d fabrication; particular strengths of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

Based in the Bristol Robotic Laboratory, the largest centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK, and the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol, this is an exciting opportunity to join two dynamic teams: one in soft robotic and compliant medical devices led by Prof Jonathan Rossiter and Dr Andrew Conn and another in tactile robotics and robot hands led by Dr Nathan Lepora. You will also work closely with a wide range of world experts across the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, and medicine, both within Bristol and externally at the Royal Nose, Ear and Throat Hospital, London, University College London and Imperial College London.

You will have experience supporting research projects of similar scope and working with researchers and other technicians in a research context. In addition to a strong technical support track record you will also have excellent communication skills and the enthusiasm to work in a friendly multi-disciplinary team.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place soon after application closure, and the anticipated start will be as soon as possible thereafter. This post is offered on an open ended contract with funding up to 31 November 2020.

Informal enquiries can be made to: Jonathan Rossiter ( on soft robotics and Nathan Lepora ( on tactile robotics.

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities. 

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