Research Associate

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
28 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
30 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


KU is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate/ Research Engineer 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.
  • Present research plans and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written modes of communication.

The candidate will be working on the following tasks

  1. Development of manipulation system for performing intervention operations in underwater environment.
  2. Development of Advanced Navigation and Guidance Algorithms for the monitoring systems in underwater environment.
  3. Development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms for underwater inspection and maintenance tasks.
  4. Development of a novel deep learning algorithms for video object tracking for underwater robotics video sequences. This includes deep learning in an end-to-end manner, developing pre-trained models, and detection strategies for long term videos.
  5. Target Identification Using Onboard Vision.
  6. Annotating underwater robotics datasets for robot perception.
  7. To test and validate the pertinent algorithms and the developed UVMS prototype by identifying fouling on the cages (i.e., inspection) and de-fouling (i.e., maintenance) in the KU Marine Robotics Pool.
  8. Effectively collaborate within the KU and international collaborators to achieve project deliverables within prescribed timelines.
  9. Publish high-quality journal and international conference papers based on the obtained research results.


  • Masters from a reputable university in Robotics related Field (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering. Mechatronics) 
  • Experience of undertaking assigned research tasks and starting to manage own workload
  • Contributing to scientific papers and academic journal articles where possible acting as lead/ corresponding author
  • A willingness to contribute to a collaborative and supportive team culture
  • Excellent English language communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to function as part of a team working on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines
  • Well-developed reasoning and problem-solving skills

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

Primary Location: Khalifa University - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Job: Research Associate
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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