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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 https://www.imperial.ac.uk/human-resources/salaries-terms-and-conditions/reform/

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Krystian Mikolajczyk at k.mikolajczyk@imperial.ac.uk.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please go to https://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/ 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 j.obrien@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 23 April 2019

   
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