Research Associate in Robotic Manipulation

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in robotic manipulation as part of the Amazon Research Award project ‘Mechanical intelligence for in-hand manipulation’

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01349
  • Date posted 30 July 2020
  • Closing date 31 August 2020

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in robotic manipulation as part of the Amazon Research Award project ‘Mechanical intelligence for in-hand manipulation’

Duties and responsibilities

  • Plan and carry out research in accordance with project aims

  • Generate and display results and interpret meaning

  • Maintain accurate documentation of all results

  • Prepare results for dissemination in terms of publication and presentation

  • Publish original research on robotic manipulation in high-quality journals and conferences

  • Write detailed project reports as needed

  • Liaise with project partners as appropriate

  • Conduct literature searches and reviews

Essential requirements

  • Research in robotics, particularly in robotic manipulation, as evidenced by publication

  • High-quality prototyping and testing of robotic systems

  • Analytical, numerical, and experimental work

  • Implementation and testing of robotic hands

Further information

This is a full time fixed term position for 10 months.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Nicolas Rojas

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. For technical issues when applying online please email

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Additional information

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