Chair in Robot Systems

The University of Edinburgh

Open-ended (Permanent)

Full time (35 hours per week)

Applications are invited from world-leading researchers for the Chair in Robotic Systems in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. This is a full-time open-ended appointment at the rank of professor.

The Opportunity:

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) is a highly interdisciplinary field of research, encompassing innovations in hardware design, techniques for perception, planning and control, all of which are increasingly being transformed by emerging advances in Artificial Intelligence, and finally user-centred development of interfaces and interaction methods.

The School of Informatics is seeking to extend its teaching and research in robotics, with a particular focus on integrated approaches to complete robotic systems motivated by emerging applications of broad societal relevance. As a result of sustained efforts over the years, and through our involvement in the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, we occupy a leadership position in the Robotics and Autonomous Systems space. Our RAS activities include a CDT and DDI initiatives with the Bayes Centre and National Robotarium (based in Heriot Watt University, jointly operated with the University of Edinburgh).

We are now seeking a world-leading researcher who will take a leadership role in both research and teaching robotics at Edinburgh. The successful candidate will have a vision for how to develop robotic systems in the context of emerging and established application areas, both as a field and within the Edinburgh ecosystem.  As well as providing research leadership in and beyond the School of Informatics, the Chair will contribute to postgraduate teaching, undergraduate courses, curriculum development and the supervision of PhD students, in particular taking a leading role in our CDT.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD qualification in relevant subject.
  • Professional standing evidenced by international committee work, editorships, etc.
  • A demonstrated ability to influence, stimulate and inspire others – especially in supporting early career researchers and the development of multi-disciplinary research teams.
  • Outstanding contribution to student education at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and ability to engage with a range of teaching mediums including online.
  • Sustained achievement in the advancement of knowledge and understanding or in professional application in the field of robot systems, evidenced by publication as first author and collaborative publications in high quality journals and international conferences, demonstrating a world-leading research reputation and profile.
  • A demonstrable sustained track record of attracting substantial research grant income and of industry engagement.
  • Outstanding contributions to research in Robot Systems through methods other than publication, which may include applied research, technology transfer, consultancy or advanced professional practice.

All applications must contain the following supporting documents:

  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Full CV (resume) and publication list

Please note that references will be sought for all shortlisted candidates. Please indicate on your application form if you are happy for your referees to be contacted.

Feedback will only be provided to interviewed candidates.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Ram Ramamoorthy [email protected]

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