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Post title Research Fellow
Reference number S43237
School/department School of Computer Science
Closing date for receipt of applications 23rd April 2008
(Late applications may be considered.)
Hours Full time
Salary range £ 25,134 - £ 34,813
Maximum starting salary £ 30,012
Post duration Until 30 September 2009 in the first instance
Number of vacancies available 1
Personnel contact(s) Ms. Jo Gerald
tel.: +44 121 414 7415
Informal enquiries to Dr. R Dearden
tel.: +44 121 414 4788
Prof. A Sloman
Dr. J Wyatt


Project Details

The Research Fellow will work on two EU projects in succession. The CoSy Project is an EU funded project on Cognitive Robotics in which the post holder will work on reasoning and planning of sensory actions and visual processing. The CogX project is an EU funded project on cognitive robotics in which the post holder will work on reasoning and planning for information gathering and self-extension in a more general framework.

Role Purpose

To plan and deliver research in line with the School research strategy. To contribute to the research activities of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory and AI/Cognitive Science group. To provide expertise necessary to develop the area of decision theoretic planning and probabilistic reasoning about sensory information.

Main Responsibilities

  • To plan and carry out high quality research within the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, using appropriate methodologies.
  • To contribute to writing bids for research grants.
  • To suggest and contribute to the development of research methods in collaboration with colleagues.
  • To disseminate research findings using appropriate and effective media such as journal and conference publications, research seminars etc.
  • To provide guidance to other staff and students on own specialist area.
  • To contribute to the writing of research reports and publications.
  • To analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate ideas based on outcomes.


The post-holder will work as a core member of the Intelligent Robotics group in the School of Computer Science. The group currently holds approx. £ 1.9m of external research funding. The primary role of the post-holder will be to conduct research of the highest calibre, and to contribute to the engineering of state of the art software systems for robotics. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to maintaining the research income at this level by contributing to the writing of grant proposals. In addition, the post-holder will also provide instruction and guidance to members of the group, PhDs students, researchers and visitors working in related areas within the School of Computer Science.

The post-holder will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, curriculum development and project supervision in own area of expertise, in accordance with the contract of employment for an EU-funded research fellow.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Excellent first degree in a numerate discipline (Computer Science, Mathematics or related) and either hold or be working towards an excellent PhD in Computer Science AI, Cognitive Science, Engineering or a related subject OR equivalent research experience, including if possible robotics/vision research experience and linux expertise.
  • Excellent programming skills, in C/C++ or Java, together with the ability to engineer software to very high standards of reliability.
  • Strong background in probabilistic reasoning, and preferably of planning algorithms.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and disseminating high-quality research.
  • Breadth and depth of specialist knowledge within the field of planning, with an emphasis on decision theoretic approaches. Also one or more of the following areas would be useful: logical or probabilistic reasoning, machine learning, computer vision, and more generally computer science and mathematics.
  • Excellent presentation skills and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Outstanding software engineering and team working skills.
  • Self-motivation and enthusiasm to tackle real-world problems.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new formalisms and techniques.

Job Features

Planning and Organising

  • Plan and deliver research and ensure that resources are available.
  • Plan and co-ordinate research in own area of expertise and international research collaborations.

Decision Making

  • Sole responsibility for decisions with regard to own research area and that of supervised PhD students.
  • Role in decisions regarding the strategies for developing research in the Intelligent Robotics group relevant to own area of expertise, including directions of research and strategies for dissemination and publication of results.

Internal/External Relationships

  • Role in maintaining and establishing research collaborations with academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students both in the UK and abroad.

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