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Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

University of Birmingham - The University of Birmingham Extreme Robotics Lab

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th September 2018
Closes: 19th October 2018
Job Ref: 59894

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

School of Metallurgy and Materials

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – 59894

Full Time

Fixed Term – to 28 February 2021

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

The role involves work on robotic manipulation within the Extreme Robotics Lab at University of Birmingham. The main purpose of the role will be to develop, implement and demonstrate novel methods for control of robotic manipulation, for handling complex materials in important industrial applications. The RF will be responsible for key deliverables of major national and international projects, as part of a large and internationally recognised robotics research team, with strong collaborations with industry.

The postholder will work within specified research grants and projects, operating within area of specialism. They will  collaborate with team members with different areas of expertise, analyse and interpret research findings and results and assist with mentoring and training PhD students, interns and/or Masters-level research students.

The UoB robotics team are collectively working on:

  • Robotic grasping and manipulation
  • Planning and reasoning for fixed and/or mobile manipulators.
  • Robotic vehicles and navigation.
  • Robot dynamics and control.
  • Computer Vision, machine learning and AI.

The Research Fellow should have demonstrated strong expertise in at least one of these areas, and also be willing and able to assist with combining and integrating work from at least one other of these areas. In particular the postholder needs expertise in planning and control of robotic manipulators, but with ability to collaborate with experts in vision and sensing, and also domain experts in industrial applications who are not themselves roboticists

Skills and Experience Required:

  • High honours degree in a numerical discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • High grade in a robotics-focused Masters degree or equivalent post-graduate level training.
  • A PhD in robotics with a strong emphasis on manipulation.
  • Post-doctoral experience in a high calibre robotics team.
  • Strong programming skills, including extensive knowledge and experience in C++. Matlab, Python, JAVA also desirable.
  • Ability to use OpenCV, PCL and other relevant open-source software libraries. ROS experience may also be useful, but ability to combine vision libraries with our lab’s bespoke C++ robot control software library is also important.
  • Some experience in 3D vision, i.e. working with point-cloud data and devices, is also desirable.
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative to develop own research goals and ideas.
  • Outstanding time management skills – ability to keep an extremely ambitious project moving according to strict deadlines

Closing date: 19 October 2018  Reference: 59894

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