Research Associate

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
14 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Full Time


Research Associate

Job Purpose

  • Research Associate to work on the project ARIC-KUCARS “Robotic Sorting of Engine Blades”.
  • To coordinate with industrial collaborators to deliver real-world impactful solutions, and to initiate research projects aimed at solving industrial problems.
  • To provide high quality research support and undertake internationally competitive research aimed at publication thereby contributing to the academic and research mission of the University.
  • Khalifa University offers a uniquely collaborative scientific research environment and outstanding research facilities. You will have the opportunity to initiate and lead projects and work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Since the research associate experience is transitional to becoming PhD student, the research associate tries their best to acquire the varied skills necessary to advance their career with guidance from the advisor. These skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to present research plans and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written modes of communication, the ability to understand research group management and supervision of others, and the ability to establish contacts and network with colleagues pursuing a similar research agenda.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

Strategic Responsibilities

Participates in scientific research as a professionally responsible member of the project team, to work primarily on a research and development project focused on “Robotic Sorting of Engine Blades”

Operational Responsibilities

To undertake research in the field of  navigation of mobile ground robot with on-board manipulator for indoor applications. In order to do this efficiently, the platform must be able to localise itself in its environment based on a spatial constructed map using a dynamic and active-pixel vision sensor and LIDARs. This project will complement the end-effectors drilling acivities and will accelerate the deployment of the robotic manufacturing  functions on the leading edge of customer programs. The Candidate will be working on the following tasks:

  1. Develop object detection and segmentation algorithms for robotic grasping using visual sensors.
  2. Develop novel perception algorithms for the Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS).
  3. Investigate and implement different grasping methods, and customizing those methods to the problem of engine blade grasping.
  4. Propose and design novel gripper technologies.
  5. Support other intelligent robotic manufacturing projects at ARIC.
  6. Develop perception software and interface with existing code base written in C++ and Python over ROS.
  7. Coordinate with industrial collaborator to test and deploy the developed approach in real-world applications.
  8. Prepare presentation of research outcomes and dissemination.
  9. Write monthly progress reports.
  10. Write academic publications.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Assisting in supervising independent study students, SDP students and graduate students on the project


Qualifications & Experience

Required Qualifications

MSc Degree in Engineering.

Required Experience

  • Project experience on robotics, strong programming skills in Matlab/C++/Python
  • Strong experience in 2D and 3D vision systems.
  • Experience in ROS.
  • Demonstrated experience in mechanical design and system engineering.
  • Familiarity with AI and Machine Learning Concepts.

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: KUK – Khalifa University
Job: Research Associate
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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