Research Associate in Mobile Robot Navigation and Control
Job Title: Research Associate in Mobile Robot Navigation and Control
Salary: £28,331 - £32,817
Closing date: 2 December 2019
Contract: Fixed Term
We wish to appoint a talented and passionate researcher to undertake advanced applied research in the field of robotics navigation and control to design and develop novel algorithms for the next generation of autonomous robotic systems that operates in an unstructured and extreme environment. This is a one year appointment.
This is an exciting research position to collaborate with industrial and academic partners on a multi-disciplinary robotic project in the framework of the EPSRC funded hub, National Centre for Nuclear Robotics.
With a strong background in control theory and/or robotics research, you will investigate design and development of nonlinear control systems for a class of unstable and under-actuated robotics platform. There is a particular focus on nuclear decommissioning applications. This will involve fundamental research and development of new algorithms, in addition to the practical robotics research in the laboratory. You will contribute to the automation and experimental testing of the UAV platform and other robotics facilities available in the department and in collaboration with other project partners.
You should have a PhD in control engineering, computer science, robotics or other equivalent disciplines, and a strong background in mathematics, data analysis and the use of simulations and modelling methods. Familiarity with the robotics and engineering simulation software is a big advantage. You will be willing to engage in internal as well as national and international external collaborations.
You must have excellent skills in interpersonal communications to effectively work in team. You are expected to prepare high quality presentations, reports and journal papers. You will be responsible for specific tasks of the projects, subject to tight deadlines.
Lancaster University is campus-based, and is situated adjacent to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and proximate to another AONB and two National Parks in the north-west of England. Lancaster is just one hour from international airports at Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. The town and the region are home to a variety of excellent schools and enjoy excellent public transport and national rail links. A wide selection of facilities is available on campus including a large variety of social facilities, eateries, a new sports centre, and a highly regarded pre-school centre.
We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.
We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.