[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Birmingham UK, University Tenure Track post in Robotics, 5 years research

Jeremy Wyatt jlw at cs.bham.ac.uk
Thu Feb 26 09:22:52 PST 2015

*Birmingham Fellow in Robotics*
Tenure Track, 5 years research

We are seeking Birmingham Fellows in robotics, as part of a larger 
recruitment of 25 research fellows across the university. Birmingham 
Fellows will be appointed to a permanent academic post, normally at 
Lecturer grade (entry level academic career grade); although in 
exceptional cases appointments may be made at a higher grade. The 
Birmingham Fellows will have 5 years protected time for research. During 
this period you will be expected to build your own research group.

Birmingham Robotics Fellows will receive a start-up package to support 
the development of their research, an academic mentor, and development 
support. Fellows will be part of the Birmingham Fellows cohort, which 
will provide them a University-wide network and an additional source of 
support and mentoring.

Applications are welcome from candidates from the UK and abroad. 
Candidates must have been awarded a PhD (or equivalent) by 13 March 
2015. Candidates should be on a trajectory to become principal 
investigators and research leaders.  You will have an outstanding 
publication record for your career stage, and be able to show evidence 
of ability to attract external research funding. The search is driven 
primarily by the excellence of the candidate rather than by desire to 
appoint to a particular sub-field.

Applications from candidates who have won funded external fellowships 
which they would bring to Birmingham are particularly welcome. Such 
candidates will be fast-tracked for interview. If offered a Birmingham 
Fellowship, they would be eligible for the full package of support 
during the term of their fellowship. Candidates who believe they might 
be eligible for fast-track consideration should contact us directly on 
birminghamfellows at contacts.bham.ac.uk so we can assess their suitability 
for this process.

Candidates will be asked to complete our online application form, to 
submit a 3 page research proposal outlining key achievements so far, 
what research they will undertake and what the outcomes will be, as well 
as upload a CV, highlighting their top 5 publications. Applications must 
be received by midnight on 20 March 2015. Short-listed candidates will 
be invited to interview during the week commencing 18 May 2015. Start 
dates will be subject to negotiation but in principle could be at any 
date subsequent from interview.

Birmingham Robotics Background

Birmingham is a leading European centre for robotics, with €10m of live 
external research funding (www.cs.bham.ac.uk/go/irlab), seven faculty 
and more than 40 researchers. The group is research active in 
middle-ware for robotics, long life robotics, human robot interaction, 
task planning, decision making and reasoning under uncertainty, motion 
planning, compliant, redundant and under-actuated robotics, whole body 
control, humanoid robotics, robot and computer vision, dexterous robot 
manipulation and grasping, rehabilitation robotics, robot surgery, AI 
for robotics, bio-inspired robotics, and machine learning for robotics. 
We collaborate with more than 20 different institutions worldwide, 
including local collaborations with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, 
the Birmingham Railways Centre, and the Centre for Surgical 
Reconstruction and Microbiology. We also have active industrial 
collaborations in the areas of logistics, nuclear, and industrial assembly.

Birmingham Robotics Existing Facilities

The current laboratory has excellent facilities that will be available 
to the successful candidate. This includes 2 Metralabs Scitos A5 
platforms; 11 P3-DX mobile robots; a half humanoid dextrous manipulation 
platform with two five fingered hands and a 7DoF active stereo head; and 
numerous smaller platforms, all housed in a 116m^2 laboratory. The group 
also has a full-time robotics designer and engineer, and full-time 
dedicated administrative support. Through MTC we have occasional access 
to state of the art facilities including several robot platforms 
(bi-manual, mobile manipulation etc.), as well as a surface mount 
production line, a wide range of modern machine tools and state of the 
art 3D printers. Current live projects include PacMan 
(www.pacman-project.eu), STRANDS (www.strands-project.eu), CodyCo 

Further details: www.birmingham.ac.uk/birminghamfellows
In the first instance please contact Professor Jeremy L Wyatt:
jlw at cs.bham.ac.uk

Prof Jeremy L Wyatt
Intelligent Robotics Lab
Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics
School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~jlw || +44 121 414 4788

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