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Research Associate/Research Fellow

University of York - Department of Computer Science

Location: York
Salary: £35,308 to £52,841 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th March 2023
Closes: 30th March 2023
Job Ref: 12108

Role Description

The H2020 European project SESAME  (Secure and Safe Multi-Robot Systems - https://www.sesame-project.org) offers a fixed-term Researcher position up to 31 December 2023 focused on developing testing and verification techniques to assess the safety of robots and support the analysis of robustness and resilience of robotic system designs and implementations.

We are seeking an enthusiastic researcher capable of making significant contributions to the development and validation of tool-supported approaches for testing in simulation safety and security properties of mobile robots. You will develop techniques to assess the robustness and resilience of robots in the presence of system faults, cyber-attacks, and unexpected environmental conditions. You will advance existing test-data generation techniques, and propose new adequacy metrics for these robots. You will work closely with researchers from the other research organisations of SESAME to deliver, validate and disseminate the planned research advances, and you will collaborate with the SESAME industrial partners to maximise the impact of these advances.

Role

The role can be filled at Grade 7 or Grade 6 and is fixed term up to 31 December 2023.

Main purpose of the role

Grade 6

  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects   

Grade 7

  • To contribute to and/or lead on the production of research outputs and research outcomes.
  • To participate actively in the planning and management of research projects, including supervising the work of others and providing expert advice and guidance
  • To contribute to and/or lead the obtaining of external research funding
  • To contribute to the public understanding of research and scholarship  

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed include the following

  • First degree in Computer Science
  • PhD in Computer Science or equivalent  experience
  • Knowledge of software testing and verification to engage in high-quality research
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Research experience in robotic or embedded systems
  • Knowledge of software testing and verification to engage in high-quality research
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Ability to lead and/or take responsibility for a small research project or identified parts of a large project (Grade 7 post only)
  • Ability to supervise the work of others, for example in research teams or projects (Grade 7 post only)
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative
  • Collaborative ethos

Interview date: To be confirmed

Informal enquiries to: Dr. Simos Gerasimou (simos.gerasimou@ york.ac.uk)

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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