Research Fellow in Emerging Topics in Robotics

FTE: 1 FTE (working 37 hours per week)

Duration of Contract: Fixed term (3 years)

Salary: UH7 £36,333 pa with potential to progress to £43,155 pa on achieving designated skills and experience

Annual Leave: 35 days plus standard public holidays and an additional 4 days including the closure of our office between Christmas and New Year

Location: College Lane Campus, Hatfield

Main duties and responsibilities

We are seeking a full-time Research Fellow to join the Adaptive Systems Research Group (ASRG) at the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire to conduct research breaking new ground beyond current robotics. Research topics can include, but is not limited to novel approaches to Human-Robot Coordination based on inter human-like interaction patterns, with a view on their use especially for critical-level missions, intrinsic motivations for robots to extend robotic competence far beyond the confines of its training, novel approaches to design sensorimotor loops or approaches towards the systematic rather than “ad hoc” exploitation of embodiment.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a programme of research activity working collaboratively with colleagues at UH and partner organisations. You will contribute to the preparation of proposals and applications for funding to external bodies, such as the European Commission and the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The postholder will create opportunities to maximise research activities, capturing relevant evidence to support impact and engaging with external partners and stakeholders. 

Skill and experience required

  • Strong theoretical background in Human-Robot Interaction and experience with study design methods
  • Outstanding programming skills in at least one major computer language
  • Expertise and at least one of very strong robotics or mathematical background
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Experience with any of human-robot interaction, probabilistic modeling, or stochastic control are a definite plus
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English
  • The applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.

Qualifications required

An undergraduate honours degree at a minimum (or equivalent) and a PhD (or expectation that one will soon be awarded) in a quantitative research-oriented discipline, ideally with expertise in robotics and/or AI, examples being computer science, mathematics, physics or a relevant related discipline.

Please view the job description and person specification for a full list of the duties and essential criteria.

An appointment to this role may require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries: Prof. Dr. Daniel Polani, [email protected]

Closing Date: 28 June 2023

Interview Date: To be confirmed 

Our vision is to transform lives and UH is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and building a diverse community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their protected characteristics, and recognise there are different ways applicants may achieve the criteria in this document. We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave, flexible location opportunities within the UK, discounted Sports Village memberships, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts

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