Research Assistant / Associate in Aerial Robotics

Job summary

Applications are invited for a fully funded position at the Research Assistant / Associate (PostDoc) level within the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London. The project will investigate automated environmental sensing and interaction methods for extreme and hazardous environments. Main research thrusts will include smart mechanism design, morphing body structures, autonomous control as well as system integration, optimization...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01845
  • Date posted 20 August 2021
  • Closing date 12 September 2021

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a fully funded position at the Research Assistant / Associate (PostDoc) level within the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London. The project will investigate automated environmental sensing and interaction methods for extreme and hazardous environments. Main research thrusts will include smart mechanism design, morphing body structures, autonomous control as well as system integration, optimization and testing.

The project will directly benefit from outstanding facilities in Aerial Robotics manufacturing and testing, including a new Vicon equipped flight arena, 13 wind/water tunnels and the rapid prototyping and composite fabrication centre at the Aeronautics Department. The work location will be the central London South Kensington campus next to Hyde Park offering an excellent ecosystem for furtherance of the project and for personal development in a variety of areas.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Conceive, develop and test novel autonomous robot prototypes employing new ways of multi-modal mobility using shape-morphing technologies.

  • Contribute to system documentation and the overall maintenance of manufacturing and design tools as well as the robot control infrastructure.

  • Write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via presentations, scientific papers, outreach activities and public/industrial engagement.

  • Coordinate the collaborative project as a key member of the project management team.

  • Be key member of the research group and perform reasonable tasks related to the furtherance of the project aims and the laboratory as a whole.

  • Supervision of PhD and graduate level student projects. Contribution to teaching and proposal writing is possible.

Essential requirements

Research Associate

Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in robotics, Engineering, or a closely related discipline, industrial or commercial experience.

 

Research Assistant

A first / masters degree (or equivalent) in robotics, Engineering, or a closely related discipline, industrial or commercial experience.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant 

Further information

This role is offered on a full time, fixed term basis for 12 months in the first instance.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

Any queries regarding the role should be directed to Dr Mirko Kovac by email kovac@imperial.ac.uk

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms Lisa Kelly by email at l.kelly@imperial.ac.uk.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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