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Further Particulars for Vacancy S43099


Post title Research Fellow
Reference number S43099
School/department School of Computer Science
Closing date for receipt of applications 14/3/2007 (it may be possible to consider late applications)
Hours Full time
Salary range Starting salary £24,402 - £34,448 a year;
potential progression to £33,799 a year
or £32,471 - £34,448 a year; potentail progression to £43,638 a year depending on skills and expereince.
Post duration Until 28 February 2008 in the first instance, however it is anticipated for the post to be extended for the duration of the project (31 August 2008)
Number of vacancies available 1
Personnel contact(s) Ms. Jo Gerald
email: j.a.gerald@bham.ac.uk
tel.: +44 121 415 9000
Informal enquiries to:
(If possible please send them electronic copies of applications.)
Prof. A Sloman
email: a.sloman@cs.bham.ac.uk
or
Dr. J Wyatt
email: j.l.wyatt@cs.bham.ac.uk

Details

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NOTE: The university specifies slightly different descriptions for Research Fellow Grades 7 and 8, as indicated below.

Research Fellow Grade 7

Project Details

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.
For details of the Birmingham version of the project please see
http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cosy/
The work in the Birmingham team is concerned with development of the PlayMate robot scenario, in which a robot manipulates objects on a table, using vision and planning capabilities, and also engages in linguistic interactions. For more information on PlayMate see
http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cosy/PlayMate-start.html
The successful applicant will work closely with other members of the CoSy team, on advanced problems in robotics concerned with integrating vision, planning, and plan execution, in a robot concerned with manipulating 3-D objects on a table, using a two-fingered arm.
Ideally, applicants should have experience of research in planning under uncertainty and/or symbolic planning.
Although this project formally ends in August 2008, it is hoped that there will be one or more follow-on projects.

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 reasoning and planning in vision and cognitive systems.

Main Responsibilities

  • To plan and develop research contributions to subject area using methodologies, critical evaluations, interpretations, analyses and other appropriate techniques
  • To contribute to writing bids for research grants
  • To suggest and contribute to the development of research techniques, models and methods in collaboration with colleagues
  • To disseminate research findings using appropriate and effective media such as publication, research seminars etc
  • To provide guidance to other staff and students on own specialist area
  • To contribute to the production of research reports and publications
  • To prepare papers for Steering groups and other bodies
  • To analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate ideas based on outcomes

Dimensions

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. 650k of external research funding. 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 an excellent PhD in Computer Science.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and disseminating high-quality research.
  • Breadth and depth of knowledge within one or more of the fields of 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.
  • Self-motivation and enthusiasm to tackle real-world problems.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new formalisms and techniques.
  • Excellent C/C++ or Java together with the ability to engineer software to very high standards of reliability.

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.

In addition: To secure a Research Fellow Grade 8 appointment the individual would be required to undertake the following responsibilities and would also be required to have additional skills, knowledge and experience as outlined in a complete job description below :-

Research Fellow Grade 8

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 leadership and expertise necessary to develop the area of reasoning and planning in vision and cognitive systems.

Main Responsibilities

  • To plan, design and co-ordinate broad research activities and programmes.
  • To contribute to the development of research strategies for the School.
  • To develop methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued and that add to the knowledge/understanding appropriate to the discipline.
  • To publish results of research in articles and/or books which lead to an enhanced reputation in the subject area and enhance the School.s research profile.
  • To sustain other research related contributions through conference papers and presentations.
  • To develop innovative research proposals and, as appropriate and where the funding body rules permit this, lead funding bids which develop and sustain research support in the specialist area.
  • To assist in securing research funding for innovative projects as named researcher, by contributing to the writing of bids for research grant proposals and undertaking the study and research which underpin these proposals.
  • To project manage research activities, including the supervision and instruction of other research staff.
  • Subject to School and University regulations permitting this, to supervise and examine PhD students, both within and outside the University.
  • To provide expert advice to colleagues and students within discipline.
  • To perform refereeing and peer review of articles for international journals, conferences, and workshops.
  • To engage in scholarly activity that will enhance the School.s and University.s reputation such as membership of academic bodies and external examining bodies.
  • To undertake teaching responsibilities within the School of Computer Science in accordance with the contract of employment for an EPSRC-funded research fellow.
  • To contribute to the administration of the School as agreed with the supervisor and Head of School, from time to time.

Dimensions

The post-holder will be working as a core member of the Intelligent Robotics group in the School of Computer Science. The group currently holds approx. 650k of external research funding. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to maintaining the research income at this level. 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 numerate discipline (Computer Science, Mathematics or related) and an excellent PhD in Computer Science.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and disseminating high-quality research.
  • Breadth and depth of knowledge within one or more of the fields of 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.
  • Self-motivation and enthusiasm to tackle real-world problems.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new formalisms and techniques.
  • Some management experience.
  • Proven ability to write successful grant applications, setting the research agenda for the future work of the group.

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.
  • Leading 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

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

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How to Apply for this Post
(Electronic applications are strongly preferred because of the urgency.)
Please if possible send copies of applications to
Dr. Jeremy Wyatt j.l.wyatt@cs.bham.ac.uk and Prof. Aaron Sloman, a.sloman@cs.bham.ac.uk
IN ADDITION TO the main copy sent to Ms Jo Gerald j.a.gerald@bham.ac.uk Tel: +44 121 415 9000
Using forms and formats below.
In addition, please send to both Jeremy Wyatt and Aaron Sloman a pointer to one recent research
paper of which you are particularly proud -- whether published or unpublished.
If you do not have one accessible online please send a pdf version by email.
Please do not send a list of papers for us to choose from.
Please also include a statement of how you can contribute to the specific goals of designing a robot
with 3-D vision, able to manipulate objects on a table using an arm with a two-finger gripper.

Applying for a Post

1.  Completing the application form

The first step is to fill in the application form.   You can get the form:

online :  Word for Windows (265KB );   
other electronic versions:  
Portable Document Format (PDF) (20Kb) (PDF reader needed e.g. Acrobat Reader); 
Postscript (91Kb)  (Postscript reader needed e.g. Ghostview)
by e-mail or telephone: from the contact given on the vacancy details, quoting the vacancy reference number.
by fax: to fax no. +44 121 414 4802, quoting the vacancy reference number.
in person:  visit the Jobs Foyer (outside Room G18, Human Resources, Aston Webb Building B Block (number 3 on the Edgbaston campus map).

2.  Submitting your form

Now you have completed your application formyou have a choice of how you get it to us:

Post to:  Human Resources, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, United Kingdom.
Email   to the  e-mail addresses above.
Fax      to fax no. +44 121 414 4802.

Please try to get the form to us by the closing date. If you would like receipt to be acknowledged, then you can either enclose a stamped address postcard or telephone to check that your application has been received.

Please see instructions above about sending a copy of your application to Jeremy Wyatt and Aaron Sloman.
Thank you for your interest and for your application.
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