[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] 2 Postdoc Positions in Long-Term Autonomy (*deadline 8th October 2017*)

Tom Duckett tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk
Tue Oct 3 09:37:58 PDT 2017

[jobs] Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science (Long-Term Autonomy for Mobile Robots in Intra-Logistics) (Fixed Term) x 2 posts

School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK

Salary:   From £32,548 per annum

Fixed term for 2 years initially, with possible extension to the project date of 31st December 2020

Closing Date:   Sunday 08 October 2017

Interview Date:   Thursday 26 October 2017

Reference:  COS369A

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint up to two new Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__lcas.lincoln.ac.uk_wp_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7Dun3oFW_764McYoJnxdnArtcGOUJ57Eajt8S_6xo3M&s=vylhTQs5yoBVyiXY9ECq-kRvmIuB03WoOCvX2oAApXg&e=). The Centre is internationally recognised for its research in robotics and autonomous systems, and currently comprises 11 staff and over 25 postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. The successful candidates will be employed as part of a 4-year European-funded collaborative project "ILIAD - Intra-Logistics with Integrated Automatic Deployment: safe and scalable fleets in shared spaces" (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__iliad-2Dproject.eu_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7Dun3oFW_764McYoJnxdnArtcGOUJ57Eajt8S_6xo3M&s=r6LJqm4jPcCjdhuo-4-1UMVjKR5-Uc0PPaZlrlJ6xIE&e=), involving four academic institutes and five industrial partners across four European countries.

The ILIAD project is driven by the application needs of fleets of robots that operate in intralogistics applications with a high demand on flexibility in environments shared with humans. In particular, the project aims to enable automatic deployment of a fleet of autonomous forklift trucks, which will continuously optimise its performance over time by learning from collected data. The University of Lincoln's contributions to the project will include ensuring long-term operation of the ILIAD system, maintaining its environment representations over time while learning and predicting activity patterns of human co-workers; developing qualitative models for human-robot spatial interaction; systems architecture development and systems integration; and managing experimental work at test facilities, including the University's National Centre for Food Manufacturing.

We are looking to recruit a postdoctoral Research Fellow with relevant experience and/or a strong interest in research areas including (but not limited to):

* Long-term autonomy for mobile robots, including lifelong learning;
* Software engineering and deployment in Robotics;
* Systems integration, including ROS;
* Human-robot interaction;
* Learning for autonomous systems;
* Persistent navigation, mapping and self-localisation;

We are looking for applicants with a "systems perspective", individuals who can bring together capabilities in perception, planning, and robot action into an integrated system. The successful candidate will be a true team player, motivated to exploit the scientific opportunities offered by studying robotic systems in real-world applications.

Applicants should have, or expect to soon obtain, a PhD in a relevant area. You must have excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python, ROS). The Research Fellowship offers the opportunity to engage in international collaboration within an ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and disseminate original research contributions in the leading international conferences and journals.

The successful candidate will contribute to the University's ambition to achieve international recognition as a research intensive institution and will be expected to design, conduct and manage original research in the above subject areas as well contribute to the wider activities of L-CAS. Evidence of authorship of research outputs of international standing is essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including excellent written and spoken communication skills. Opportunities to mentor and co-supervise PhD students working in the project team will also be available to outstanding candidates.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Marc Hanheide (email: mhanheide at lincoln.ac.uk<mailto:mhanheide at lincoln.ac.uk>) or Prof Tom Duckett (email: tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk<mailto:tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk>).

To apply, please use the online application form at


As an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder we are committed to advancing gender equality in STEM, therefore female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Professor Tom Duckett
School of Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Phone: +44 1522 837113
Fax: +44 1522 886974

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