[robotics-worldwide] Job Advert: Research Fellow in Assistive Robotics

Dautenhahn, Kerstin k.dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
Tue Oct 2 07:08:41 PDT 2012

Research Fellow
in the area of Assistive Robotics

School of Computer Science, Adaptive Systems Research Group

University of Herfordshire, United Kingdom

Salary: depending on qualifications and experience £23,121 - £30,122 per annum
This is a full time position for 37 hours per week.
Duration of contract: This is a fixed-term appointment from 1 December 2012 until 30 September 2014

A postgraduate/postdoctoral Research Assistant/Fellow post is available in the EU Framework VII funded project ACCOMPANY(Acceptable robotiCs COMPanions for AgeiNg Years http://accompanyproject.eu/). You will pursue research into service robotics as part of a European project. This multidisciplinary project consists of several European partners in Italy, France, Germany, UH, and the Netherlands. The UH team is involved in developing a socially interactive and empathic service robot that can provide assistance to elderly users. The work is being carried out in the UH Robot House, a domestic Smart House particularly suited for human-robot interaction experiments. The project focuses on the further development of the Care-O-bot®3 platform (http://www.care-o-bot.de/english/Care-O-bot_3.php).

This particular post will focus on the development and testing of human-robot interaction scenarios in the Robot House. The scenarios will focus on cognitive and physical assistance of elderly people in a home environment, using the sensor network and service robots operating in the Robot House. You should have a strong postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD) in Computer Science or a related area. You are expected to have strong qualifications and practical experience in robotics hardware and software aspect relevant to service robotics, as well as excellent research experience in programming robotics hardware, including experience with different operating systems (including LINUX) and programming languages (C++ and/or Python). Expertise in Artificial Intelligence and/or cognitive robotics is essential. Experience in human-robot interaction and /or machine learning are highly desirable. Applicants are expected to work independently, but under guidance of and in close collaboration with other team members at UH and other project partner institutions.

As part of this post you will be a member of the Adaptive Systems Research Group (http://adapsys.feis.herts.ac.uk/) which includes more than 30 research staff members (postdocs and PhD students). The University of Hertfordshire ranks 27th in England for post-2008 RAE-funding in Computer Science and Informatics. The highly active and multidisciplinary research group has an excellent international research track record including research in human-robot interaction, social robotics and robot learning.

Applicants who are interested in the above post are encouraged to contact Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn k.dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
All formal applications must be made via our website (closing date 15 October 2012):

Work permit statement: Under current UKBA regulations, the University is unlikely to be able to get a work permit in respect of this post. We can therefore only accept applications from people who will have the right to work in the UK for the total duration of the contract.

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