Research Fellow in the Design of a Miniature Pipe Inspection Robot for the Nuclear Industry

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Leeds, United Kingdom
19 Sep 2019
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Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced researcher in applied robotic systems? Are you looking for a new and exciting challenge as part of a world class robotics team?  Do you want to design and create robotic systems that will change our lives? 

In this role, you will develop miniature pipe inspection robots to inspect small diameter pipe networks in the Nuclear Industry.  The nuclear industry has some of the most extreme environments in the world, with radiation levels and harsh conditions limiting human access to many facilities. To date, robotic systems have had very little impact on the industry, even though it is clear that they offer major opportunities for improving productivity and significantly reducing risks to human health.

This role is part of the multi-million pound, ISCF funded project: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the Nuclear Industry (RAIN Hub), led by the University of Manchester. The RAIN initiative has been created to address these issues by developing the advanced robotics and artificial intelligence that will be essential for future nuclear operations. 

You will join a world-class robotics team at the University of Leeds and will work in partnership with the wider RAIN network to develop a robotic solution to the specific challenge of internal inspection of small diameter (2 inch) pipes.

Our research is enabled by the EPSRC National facility of Innovative robotic systems, which contains some of the most advanced manufacturing machines in the world.  You will join buoyant active research environment of >10 post doctorial researchers, alongside many PhD students and Academics working on a variety of exploration robotics projects.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Jordan Boyle, School of Mechanical Engineering

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2140 or email:

Further information

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Location:      Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:      Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:      School of Mechanical Engineering
Section:      Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation
Category:      Research
Grade:      Grade 7
Salary:      £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type:      Full Time
Contract Type:      Fixed Term (One year due to grant funding)
Closing Date:      Sunday 20 October 2019
Interview Date:      To be confirmed
Downloads: Candidate Brief

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