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Research Associate in Object Perception for Robot Grasping and Manipulation

Imperial College London - Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £37,904 to £45,547
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st March 2019
Closes: 23rd April 2019
Job Ref: ENG00773

An opportunity has arisen within the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London for a Research Associate to investigate object perception and modelling for robotic grasping and manipulation. The post is funded by EPSRC as part of a European collaboration with Aalto (Finland), CTU (Czech R.), UPC (Spain), Univ. of Bordeaux (France) and Imperial College (UK).

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will research and develop suitable techniques for the modelling and analysis of visual, text and tactile data to represent physical objects e.g. from household.
  • You will take on a leading role in building a dataset and a benchmark for object modelling, grasping and manipulation.
  • You will research methods for learning and discovering object properties from various sensors, as well as passive and active observations.
  • You will analyse data to ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times and validate the methods with multiple evaluation experiments.
  • You will collaborate with other researchers in the team, as well as industrial and European partners towards project objectives and publications.
  • You will prepare annual progress reports.

Essential requirements

  • To be appointed as a Research Associate, you will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Mathematics or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.
  • To be appointed as a Research Assistant*, you will be near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Mathematics or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • You will have practical experience within a research environment and publications in top venues of one or several research areas e.g. Computer Vision, Robotics, Machine Learning.
  • You will have knowledge of Programming Languages (Python or equivalent) and a strong interest in designing, implementing and evaluating computer vision and robotics systems.
  • You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly.

Further Information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 - £35,061 per annum.

**With effect from 1 April 2019, a new Research salary scale will be introduced. Further information is available at

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Krystian Mikolajczyk at

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please go to Please search using reference number ENG00773 and complete an application form as directed.

Please direct queries regarding the application process to Ms Joan O’Brien at

Closing Date: 23 April 2019

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