Postdoctoral Research Associate

Queen Mary University of London - School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

The school of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London has a vacancy for a postdoctoral Research Associate. The appointed candidate will be working on multi-partner EPSRC funded project “National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR)” and on industrial-focused Innovate UK project “iGrasp”. The research will be carried out in the research group of Professor Kaspar Althoefer.

The National Centre for Nuclear Robotics aims to create robotics solutions for cleaning up the UK’s 4.9million tonnes of legacy nuclear waste is the largest and most complex environmental remediation task in the whole of Europe. Many of the materials, e.g., those that are alpha-contaminated, are too hazardous and potentially harmful for humans even when protected by air-fed plastic suits, and, hence, advanced robot behaviours/capabilities are needed to reduce or even eliminate the need for human worker entries. In high gamma environments, human entries are impossible, and electronics are also vulnerable. The project “iGrasp” is a collaboration of Queen Mary University of London and industrial partner Shadow Robotics Company. Here, the aim is to create an autonomous grasping system enhanced with intelligent tactile sensor.

The focus of this post will be on development and interfacing of novel, deployable robot structures for nuclear environment, as well as on the design and fabrication of tactile sensors. An important element of the work to be conducted will be on integrating sensors with robot structures. In the context of this research focus the PDRA will strongly contribute to the development and interfacing of novel deployable robot structures, capable of conducting waste management and decommissioning tasks in the extreme environment of the nuclear industry as well as the development and integration of appropriate tactile sensor solutions.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Robotics or equivalent. Essential to this role the candidate must have significant knowledge of hardware design, data analysis and interpretation, knowledge of Solidworks/Inventor or other 3D/2D design software and be able to demonstrate research skills in writing technical reports.

Expertise in 3D printing and prototyping, flexible, soft and stiffness-controllable robotics systems and in the fabrication and interfacing of robot structures are also essential.

The post is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years, and it is available from July 2018. With the possibility of an extension of up to 9 months (subject to additional funding). Starting salary will be £36,677 - £44,372 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Kaspar Althoefer at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 3419.

To apply, please click on the apply button below.

The closing date for applications is 15 July 2018. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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