Research Fellow, School of Computing

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Grade 5 - GBP 32,236 - GBP 38,460 per annum
27 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 21/07/2019
Salary Grade 5 - GBP 32,236 - GBP 38,460 per annum
Package Excellent benefit package
Job description Research Fellow - Fulltime, 3-year contract

The Role

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University.   We are seeking a dynamic researcher to work on an EPSRC multi-institution project "Autonomous Robot Evolution: from Cradle to Grave" (https://www.york.ac.uk/robot-lab/are/ ).  The goal of the project is to create a facility to co-evolve robot morphologies and controllers in both simulation and hardware using 3d-printing. The post is part of a large multi-institution research project, supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.  

You will conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research outputs. Working within a multi-disciplinary team including researchers from two other institutions, you will be responsible for applying evolutionary computing to design novel evolutionary mechanisms that simultaneously enable the evolution of morphology and controllers of robots; procedures for adapting a simulation environment to match a physical environment; development an autonomous management system that controls the balance between simulation and physical evolution within the robotic ecosystem.  

The post holder will report to Professor Emma Hart.   

Who We Are Looking For

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • A PhD degree in Computer Science (or equivalent) with a strong emphasis in Evolutionary Robotics or Artificial Life 
  • Excellent skills in experimental design, experimental practice and rigorous data analysis
  • Excellent programming skills, preferably in C++ and Python
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • Highly developed communication skills, to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media.
  • A strong publication track-record demonstrating ability to write up research work for high-profile publications 
  • Excellent time-management skills

Desirable Criteria:

  • Practical experience of working with robot simulation environments
  • Experience of evolving robot or game controllers
  • Good knowledge of recent developments in neural network controllers, e.g. Compositional Pattern Producing Network
  • Experience of working on team-based research projects

For a detailed list of the requirements, you can read the full role profile here.  

Benefits We Offer

  • Salary: Grade 5 - GBP 32,236 - GBP 38,460 per annum
  • Further information about our benefits can be found here.

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time, 36-month fixed term contract 
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Application Closing Date: 21st July
  • Interviews: w/c 5th August 
  • For informal discussions about this position, please contact Emma Hart (e.hart@napier.ac.uk)

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore, we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas  

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations (Advance HE's Athena SWAN Charter) and hold Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here.