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Professor of Robotics

UWE, Bristol - College for Arts, Technology and Environment / School of Engineering - Frenchay Campus

About the opportunity:

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a joint venture between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol.  We are the largest (5000 square meter) multi-disciplinary robotics lab in the UK, with a long track record in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

The BRL is fully equipped with state-of-the art facilities for Human-Robot Interaction research, and a vibrant multinational community of over 50 academic staff, 100 PhD students, almost 200 MSc students, and over 800 robots.

Our vision is to become the leading research centre for Human-Centred Robotics in the UK, operating in a co-located ecosystem containing the Health Tech Hub, the world-leading Unconventional Computing Lab, a successful Incubator space, and a developing Integrated Care Academy next to the BRL which will house over 6,000 health and social care students. The coming together of these resources offers a unique opportunity for Research with Impact.

We seek to appoint an expert in the field of Human-Robot Interaction. Applicant research topics ideally multimodal interaction, social robotics, cognitive robot architectures, and robots for health and social care. Additionally, a lot of the research in recent years was on HRI for teleoperated robots in extreme environments, such as nuclear decommissioning. However, we will also consider applications from HRI researchers who have expertise in other topics.

About you:

You have demonstrated excellent achievements in research and teaching in an internationally recognized scientific environment. You have an exceptional international research and teaching reputation and an established academic record through an internationally recognized research program. You are truly a leader, you think strategically and have a track record of winning funding from Research Councils and Industry with your international network of collaborators.  You see the challenges that face humanity and you want to use robotics as part of the solution.  An excellent communicator, you use your interpersonal skills to build an inclusive and collaborative environment where junior staff can grow and thrive. 

Where is this role based?

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed.

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 36,000 students and 4,200 staff from right across the globe. Based in Bristol, one of the UK’s most exciting and forward-thinking cities, we are regionally embedded and globally connected, with an established network of employer and academic partners.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including generous annual leave and pension schemes as well as opportunities for training and personal development.

We also provide a tailored professional programme to support our academic colleagues in delivering the highest in professional teaching standards.

Add your individuality to ours

UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community.

We are proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always looking for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing community and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic and female candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol, however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Prof Matthew Studley on 0117 328 3380 or email: matthew2.studley@uwe.ac.uk

This is a permanent post, and is full-time.  This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time.

As a Disability Confident employer, we welcome applications from those who identify as having a disability.

UWE Bristol is a campus-based University and it is vital to our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time. This role is therefore campus based with some opportunity for remote/home working.

Any candidates wishing to apply who are subsequently appointed to this role without current Right to Work in the UK can be supported to obtain the Global Talent Visa (Academics and Researchers). This will involve a self-application which is a two stage process and we recommend you read the information about each stage on the following links: https://www.gov.uk/global-talent-researcher-academic.

You may also wish to explore other visa options which you are eligible for which will allow you to work in the UK.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

Location: Bristol
Salary: £66,857 to £68,857 per annum : Professorial salary scale commensurate with academic profile and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 25th January 2024
Closes: 25th February 2024
Job Ref: R07022
   
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