Research Associate in Tactile Robot Hands at Bristol Robotics Laboratory 

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
01 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
02 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Associate in Tactile Robot Hands at Bristol Robotics Laboratory 

Job number ACAD102489 

Merchant Venturers' School of Engineering 

Open ended contract staff 

Full time 

Salary £32,004 - £36,001 

Closing date for applications 02-Apr-2017 

The University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory invites applications for an immediate position in the artificial intelligence for tactile robotics 

The successful candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary team on the new Leverhulme-funded Leadership Award ‘A biomimetic forebrain for robot touch’. £1M has been allocated to a 5-year project that will apply leading robotics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, psychology and philosophy of the brain to develop a biomimetic forebrain embodied on a 3D-printed tactile robot hand to enable human-like tactile dexterity. 

The successful applicant will design and build novel 3D-printed dexterous tactile robotic hands that will perceive, explore and manipulate their environment. The post-holder will support three other postdoctoral researchers who will develop artificial intelligence methods for active touch and link the progress to a model of the mammalian forebrain involved in active touch in animals. 

The project will be based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, (, the largest centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. 

You will hold (or will be expected to obtain soon) a strong PhD in a discipline relevant to the project. In addition to a strong research track record you will also have excellent communication and presentation skills. 

It is anticipated that interviews will take place in April 2017, and the anticipated start as soon as possible thereafter. This post is full time with funding for 2 years in the first instance with the possibility of an extension for a further 3 years. 

Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr. Nathan Lepora ( 

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