Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Space Robotics

University of Oxford - Department of Engineering Science

Do you have an interest in overcoming the challenges of working with robots in space? We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) at the Department of Engineering Science in Central Oxford. The post is funded by EPSRC and is fixed-term to 28 February 2020 in the first instance.

The research will embrace topics including advanced autonomy, mobile robot navigation and localisation, perception, motion planning and control. This is an exciting time to join Oxford Robotics Institute and support our vision to develop the autonomy systems necessary to enable planetary exploration rovers to execute long distance drives quickly and safely across challenging terrain.

You will contribute to research strands targeted at i) development and enhancement of ORI's existing suite of terrestrial based advanced navigation, localisation and autonomy applications to apply them to the Space Exploration domain, and ii) the development of advanced autonomy applications relevant to future space missions requiring further and faster drives and the execution of autonomous science.

The successful candidate will carry out research and develop 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 the Space Rover Platform.

A PhD/DPhil in robotics, AI or computer vision (or be nearing completion) is essential. You should also have experience in the application of computer vision techniques. Demonstrable excellence in C++ software development is essential as is familiarity with Linux.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Brian Yeomans using the email address below. 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 12 March 2018 can be considered.

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

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