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4 Postdocs in “Robotics & AI in Extreme Environments” at Royal Holloway University of London

The Department of Computer Science of Royal Holloway University of London is
seeking expressions of interest for four Post-Doctoral Research Associate
positions to be covered in January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Outstanding candidates in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are
invited to apply.

The positions are funded by three grants awarded to Royal Holloway by Innovate
UK ( in the
context of the program “Robotics and AI: inspect, maintain and repair in
extreme environments”. All these projects will be carried out in consortiums
including other universities (e.g. University of Edinburgh, University of
Manchester, University of Bristol and Royal College of Art), industry (e.g.
Thales, Plant Integrity, Callen Lenz and Barrnon) and end users (e.g. Network
Rail, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and UK Atomic Energy Authority). The
projects are the following:

* Prometheus – A Reconfigurable Robotic Platform(s) with Advanced Sensing for
Confined Spaces
* MIMRee – Multi-Platform Inspection, Maintenance & Repair In Extreme
Environment (Offshore Wind Farms)
* Connect-R – Providing Structure in Unstructured Hazardous Environments

For further information about the Innovate UK program on “Robotics and AI:
inspect, maintain and repair in extreme environments”, please see:

The innovation podcast: Robotics and AI in extreme environments

For more details on the projects, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr
Sara Bernardini at sara.bernard…

===== Applicant’s Profile =====
The successful candidates will hold a PhD or equivalent, have a research record
in artificial intelligence or robotics and a strong interest in practice-driven
research. Experts in AI planning, Cognitive Robotics, Machine Learning and Data
Fusion are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience in engaging with
industry or contributing to outreach activities would also be valuable. The
duties and responsibilities of these posts include conducting individual and
collaborative research on the theme of the projects and producing high-quality
outputs for publication in high-profile journals or conference proceedings.

These are 2-year posts, available from January 2019 or as soon as possible
thereafter. The salary starts at £35,333 per annum – including London
allowance. The positions will be based in Egham, Surrey, within commuting
distance from London, Europe’s most dynamic technology hub.

===== The Department of Computer Science at Royal Holloway =====
The Department, established in 1968 (one of oldest Computer Science departments
in the world), is one of the top UK departments for Computer Science. In the
most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), it scored 11th for the
quality of our research output, with a third of the publications recognised as
world-leading and a further half internationally excellent (87% in total). The
Department is home to outstanding researchers in algorithms and complexity,
artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, distributed and global computing,
machine learning, software language engineering and type theory.

Over the past five years, the department has undertaken an ambitious plan of
expansion: eleven new academic members of staff were appointed, new
undergraduate and integrated-masters programmes were created, and five new
postgraduate-taught programmes were launched. The department is involved in
multiple inter/multidisciplinary activities, from electrical engineering to
psychology and social sciences.

For further details of the Department, see:

===== How To Apply =====
For any further information on the projects and the positions, please contact
the Principal Investigator, Dr Sara Bernardini at sara.bernard…
Interested candidates are kindly requested to send their resume (including
publications) and a statement of their research interests to
sara.bernard… by January 15, 2019.

===== Disclaimer =====
Please note that this is a call for interest only and not a job vacancy
advertisement. The final selection of candidates for these positions will be
based on an official selection procedure, which will be advertised at and in December 201


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