Research Associate/Fellow in Robotic Control (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Monday, 6th December 2021
Job Type
£27924 to £40927 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for the above posts within the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing and On-Wing University Technology Centre ( ) in the Division of Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. The Department has an excellent international reputation for high quality theoretical and experimental research funded by EPSRC, DTI, EU and manufacturing industry. 

The person(s) appointed will be based in the area of robotics for challenging environments (i.e. continuum/soft robot), and will work on exciting research projects funded by EPSRC and Innovate UK. Specifically, this research will focus on continuum/soft robotics modelling and control algorithms of the robots for in-situ operations in constrained and hazardous environments. In this role, you will be at the forefront of research that offers significant technological challenges and innovations, with an aim to improving quality in robotics applications within nuclear and aerospace industry. As a result, this position offers the opportunity for close collaboration with industrial partners (e.g. Rolls-Royce). The opportunity to participate in some teaching activities is available for those wishing to pursue an academic career.

Candidates must possess a good knowledge of kinematic, static and dynamic analysis, control solutions related to robotics and demonstrate strong evidence of developing their own software (in MATLAB, ROS, C++ and/or LabVIEW) to control such systems. Previous expertise in developing customised robotics/ mechatronics (e.g. for manipulation/surveillance) would be preferable.

Apart from being capable to lead the research work on this project, good communication, presentation/reporting and publishing skills are required for the person appointed to effectively interact with the international academic and industrial partners involved in this demanding research project.

In addition to carrying out project work, the researcher will benefit from exposure to internationally leading industrial companies that are interested in the results of this project and willing to collaborate on spin-put individual projects.

Candidates must possess a good first degree in robotics/ mechatronics/ Control/ mechanical engineering or related disciplines, and preferably a PhD degree in mechatronics/robotics. 

This full-time post (36.25 Hour), is available from 01 Jan 2022, (but a later start could be agreed), this post will offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of two years however this post must end on 31st March 2024 if start date is delayed. Job share arrangements may be considered.

It is a condition of this role that you undertake the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) screening.

Informal enquiries maybe addressed to Prof. Dragos Axinte, tel: +44 (0)115 951 4117or email:
Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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