Three Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Intelligent Mobile Robotics

Recruitment for these positions is now at an advanced stage. Whilst exceptional candidates are welcome to contact us, we cannot guarantee all new applications will be considered.

(This is an advert for postdoc positions. We also have an advert for PhD positions on the same project.)

We are looking for up to three Postdoctoral Research Fellows to work on a new FP7-funded project STRANDS ”Spatio-Temporal Representations and Activities for Cognitive Control in Long-Term Scenarios”. STRANDS will develop new technologies to allow mobile robots to acquire and use semantic maps of indoor spaces that capture not just spatial information (walls, doors etc.), but also the spatio-temporal structure of the dynamics which change such spaces (e.g. human activities with objects). To do this, these robots must be able learn and operate reliably in long-term deployments (from weeks to months of autonomous activity). Our robots will be tested over long-term operation in real-world care and building security applications.

STRANDS is coordinated by the Intelligent Robotics Lab in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, UK. As a member of the STRANDS team you will be working with five other leading EU research groups and two industrial partners. You will work as part of a team of six researchers on STRANDS at Birmingham, and around 30 researchers in STRANDS as a whole. The work will be performed in the world-class research environment provided by the IRLab, alongside exceptional researchers on national and EU projects, including two further new EU projects starting in early 2013.

The challenging tasks to be undertaken at Birmingham in STRANDS include learning qualitative spatial representations of indoor environments; planning the sequence of observations a mobile robot should make to learn and recognise activities (i.e. active spatio-temporal mapping); and the integration of motivation, learning and temporal behaviour planning capabilities into a rich architecture for long-term robot perception and action.  Applicants are be expected to play a lead role creating original solutions to one or more of these problems, with exact responsibilities being decided on appointment depending on interest and experience.

To apply, you should have completed a PhD in AI, Robotics or a related discipline. You should ideally have expertise in one of AI planning, decision theoretic planning, view planning, object search, qualitative spatial reasoning or probabilistic robotics more generally. You should have a high level of analytical ability and computational skills, including programming and knowledge of standard robotics software.

The posts are available from April 1st 2013 for up to 48 months. Appointments will be made at the appropriate salary grade based on qualifications and experience. Salaries range from £27,854 a year up to £44,607 a year, with potential progression to £50,186.

Informal enquiries may be made to Project Coordinator Dr Nick Hawes ( and Dr Jeremy Wyatt ( in the School of Computer Science. Please mark your email “STRANDS Fellowship Enquiry”.

Applications can be made online by following the links below. If you are unsure which link to use, feel free to contact us and ask.

  • Research Fellow: apply here
  • Senior Research Fellow (i.e. with previous postdoc experience or similar): apply here

Article posted by: Nick Hawes
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