Independent Research Fellowship - Computational Intelligence and Cognitive Robotics

Nottingham Trent University - School of Science and Technology

Grade H

The Department of Computing and Technology seeks a fellow with expertise which complements our current strengths in Computational Intelligence and Cognitive Robotics. Our aim is to provide the most promising early career academics with a first step into an independent research career leading to a permanent academic position.

Join us now on a 4-year Research Fellow contract, to be followed by transfer to a permanent lectureship (Transfer will be subject to the post-holder reaching required performance targets during the period of the Fellowship). Although Fellows will be independent, they will be expected to work in very close collaboration with a project team and a Principal Investigator, who will assist in directing the work programme, acting as a mentor and providing advice and guidance.

The fellowship will be for up to 4 years duration, during which you will have protected research time and regular performance reviews. Opportunity will be provided to apply for up to £15K/annum to cover research costs (consumables, travel/collaboration, publication, IP costs etc.). You will be expected also to apply for external funding, including for fellowship, and to conduct your own research to support the production of high quality outputs suitable for submission to the B11 Unit of Assessment of REF2021.

There are many applications and areas on which the research could focus, and this very much depends on the knowledge, skills and interest of the researcher. For example there are applications in the areas of the assistive environment, robots for healthcare, cognitive robotics, education etc. The Computing and Technology team have access to commercial robots such Aldebaran Nao, Baxter, Pepper, Double and Pioneer 3-DX. Our researchers have used Nao robots in recent EU projects and other robots have been used in many other research projects.

We welcome applications from exceptional UK-based or international candidates with a track record of high impact research, an accelerating research trajectory, and a commitment to the academic endeavour of the University.  

Applicants should submit a CV and a detailed 4-year research plan, which includes plans for securing external funding.

Closing date: 3 April 2018

For initial informal enquiries please contact either Professor Ahmad Lotfi, Head of Computational Intelligence and Applications research group ( or Professor Anne James, Head of Computing and Technology department (

To apply please visit

Successful applicants will usually be appointed to the base of the advertised salary grade, except in justifiable circumstances.

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside other applications. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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