Research Fellow

Brunel University London - College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow post researching model-based testing of robotic systems within the Software Engineering Lab of Brunel’s Department of Computer Science. The position will be funded by the EPSRC for five years. Starting grade and spine point will be determined according to the experience and skills of the successful candidate. The project is joint with The University of York.

The main duties and responsibilities of the Research Fellow will be to develop new testing techniques that base automation on formal models of robotic systems. There will be a need to extend the underlying testing theory to take into account the types of models used as well as the testing needs and properties of the robotics application domain. The Research Fellow will also develop novel test generation and execution techniques, implement these approaches in the form of tools, document the tools, and evaluate tools and approaches through experiments and case studies. They will liaise with academic and the industrial partners and participate in the writing of papers. The Research Fellow will also be expected to contribute to the Computer Science teaching at Brunel University.

The Research Fellow will need to have good communication skills in order to liaise effectively with industrial partners and researchers, they will need to develop and use software tools, and participate in general research communication activities such as videos, press articles and workshops.

The Research Fellow will have the opportunity to further extend and develop their knowledge of formal methods and software testing whilst within the role.

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD in a relevant subject, or shortly will be assessed for a PhD level qualification. Proof of publication in relevant leading peer reviewed conferences and/or journals is essential along with experience in model-based software testing. Some knowledge of formal methods is highly desirable.

For further details and to apply please visit or contact Professor Hierons (


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