CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Research Fellow in Motion Planning and Control for Autonomous Vehicles

Location
Cranfield, Bedford
Salary
£32,094 per annum
Posted
21 May 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jun 2018
Ref
2689
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Applications are now invited for a postdoctoral research fellowship, working on an exciting collaborative project on high performance autonomous vehicles. The project is funded by Innovate UK and is being undertaken with partners from the automotive and motorsport industry. The project will involve the development, implementation and testing of novel motion planning and control algorithms for autonomous vehicles able to optimally interact with onboard active chassis control systems during high acceleration manoeuvring.

Organisation    Cranfield University
School/Department    School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at    Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work    37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday
Contract type    Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period    Until 31/05/2020
Salary    £32,094 per annum
Apply by     21/06/2018

Role Description 

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. The Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre (AVEC) has a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research in automotive engineering, mechatronics and motorsport.  The Centre offers four taught MSc courses, a PhD research programme and a range of continuing professional development courses. It also conducts industry-focused research and consultancy for clients throughout the automotive industry including (but not limited to) Vehicle OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, R&D centres, universities, engineering firms and consultancies. 

AVEC has recently secured significant funding for a wide range of advanced vehicle related engineering research programmes. Our on road and off road capabilities are underpinned by sector leading, state-of-the-art facilities in which the University and its partners have invested heavily. This infrastructure includes our new Intelligent Mobility Engineering Centre (IMEC) with specialist laboratories for mechatronics, battery development, hardware in the loop (HIL) and simulation,  the Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI) facility with its 'Intelligent Road' and our Off Road Dynamics and Vehicle Structures unit.

Applications are now invited for a postdoctoral research fellowship, working on an exciting collaborative project on high performance autonomous vehicles. The project is funded by Innovate UK and is being undertaken with partners from the automotive and motorsport industry. The project will involve the development, implementation and testing of novel motion planning and control algorithms for autonomous vehicles able to optimally interact with onboard active chassis control systems during high acceleration manoeuvring. The completed algorithms will be implemented and tested in a prototype vehicle, developed by our industrial partners. The research fellow will focus on the development of numerical algorithms for path planning and control of the autonomous vehicle. The post holder will work closely with our industrial and research partners, and will be expected to help mentor PhD and MSc students working in the group.

Applicants must hold a PhD (or close to completion) in mechanical, electrical & electronic engineering, control engineering, robotics or computer science or other relevant discipline - or be close to completion. Experience in numerical optimal control, autonomous systems, motion planning and path following techniques is essential.  Experience in modelling of vehicle dynamics, active chassis systems and/or embedded control would be advantageous.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Efstathios Velenis, Senior Lecturer in Vehicle Dynamics and Active Chassis Control on (E); e.velenis@cranfield.ac.uk 

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. 

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