Research Associate - Robotics for Nuclear Environments

Location
City of Bristol
Salary
F - £29,515 - £33,199
Posted
Nov 22, 2018
Closes
Jan 02, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Universities of Manchester, West of England and Birmingham, in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and supported by Sellafield Ltd. are collaborating together on the 5-year Robotics for Nuclear Environments project (https://nuclearrobots.org/) to undertake fundamental research in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) which will enable step changes to be made in the capabilities of industrial robotic solutions for use in the nuclear industry.  This specific post will focus on research and development of planning and control approaches for heterogeneous teams of multiple robots and/or humans, and the development of embedded online risk assessment strategies for such robots. The research divides into three work packages. Ideally, you have some experience in all three of the work package topics. However, we also strongly encourage candidates who have experience in only one of the research areas and are willing to broaden their research into the other areas to submit an application. The three work packages are as follows:  1. Heterogeneous team working. This work package (WP) will analyse existing approaches to heterogeneous robot team working, in order to develop an approach providing the best balance between autonomy and remote human supervision.  2. Human-robot team interaction. This WP will analyse the requirements of sensorimotor interfaces and embedded AI (cognition) for team working both between robots and also with human co-workers, including differing levels of human supervision.  3. On line behaviour risk assessment. This WP will aim to design, implement and test a novel system for robots to be able to assess, at run-time, the risks associated with their own actions and the robots (and humans) around them in the context on their current mission tasks.  As part of this project, you will be based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) and work closely with other researchers at BRL, and the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham. You will be required to travel regularly to Manchester, Birmingham, and Cumbria for project meetings, and also to liaise with collaborators from industry. You will also be expected to travel overseas from time to time to attend conferences and to meet with collaborating organisations.  This project will provide the successful candidate with the ideal introduction into the challenges faced in deploying robotic systems in the nuclear industry and the size and scope of problems therein. It will also provide a unique opportunity to interact with engineers from both the supply chain and end users in the UK and Japan.  Due to the requirement for regular UK travel and occasional international travel - This post is not available on a job share basis.  In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 Days  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;  • flexible working;  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes;  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;  • family friendly policies;  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;  This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus.  Please see the attached full job description and information for applicants for the role.  If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion, please contact Professor Manuel Giuliani on x0117 3286182 or email: Manuel.Giuliani@uwe.ac.uk.  UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.