About us: Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is the most comprehensive academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. It is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol, and home to a vibrant community of over 300 academics, researchers and industry practitioners. Together, they are world leaders in current thinking on service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering. An internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in Robotics, BRL’s state-of-the-art facilities cover an area of over 4,600 sq. metres (50,000 sq. feet).
This is an exciting opportunity for a robotics researcher to become part of the Robotics for Nuclear Environments project as part of the BRL. The team at BRL is working on research and development of planning and control approaches for heterogeneous teams of multiple robots and/or humans, and the development of embedded online risk assessment strategies for such robots. For this post, we are looking for a researcher who has experience in robust long-term deployment of robots into hazardous environments, as for example a nuclear facility. The successful candidate for this post will work together with the research team at BRL and at the other partner sites to research and develop new approaches for successful deployment and retrieval of robots into nuclear facilities. However, we also strongly encourage candidates who have experience in one of the other research areas of the project and are willing to broaden their research into the other areas to submit an application. The three work packages at BRL are as follows:
About you: We are looking for a robotics researcher with expertise in robust long-term deployment of robots. Ideally, you have experience in deploying robots into hazardous environments. We are looking for a team player who is able to work as part of a team of friendly roboticists, but is also able to independently develop their own research agenda. A MSc or PhD in robotics or a related field is required for this post. Experience in setting up robots for experimental validation is also essential. Please have a look at the full job description for a list of essential and desirable skills.
UWE Bristol is an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims. We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with over 30,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,800 staff. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with strong employer and partner connections.
Our staff and students come from over 160 countries making this a diverse, dynamic and interesting place to work and study. We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include an impressive 88% overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Satisfaction survey, placing us 11th of all UK universities for overall student satisfaction and 7th of all universities in England. We are 6th in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey) and importantly, 95% of UWE Bristol graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation. We have also achieved TEF Gold status and The Guardian has placed us in the top 30 Universities in the UK.
Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity and is a big pull for students and employers alike. A place with a strong, creative and fiercely independent mindset. A city with a buzzing music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. It’s not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.
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 – with £300m having been invested recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while incredible new facilities continue to be developed to enhance our offer even further.
In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of employee benefits including:
If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Prof Manuel Giuliani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a fixed-term post until 31.03.2022, and is full-time working on a 100% contract.
This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time.
UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.
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