2 x Dyson Research Fellow

Job summary

The Dyson Robotics Laboratory is an elite research centre at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London. In close collaboration with Dyson Ltd. we focus on forward looking research in robot vision and perception with the goal of developing the breakthrough technology which will lie at the heart of new categories of robotic products for the home and beyond. The laboratory is directed by Professor Andrew Davison, and employs a team of...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01879
  • Date posted 27 September 2021
  • Closing date 27 October 2021

Job description

Job summary

The Dyson Robotics Laboratory is an elite research centre at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London. In close collaboration with Dyson Ltd. we focus on forward looking research in robot vision and perception with the goal of developing the breakthrough technology which will lie at the heart of new categories of robotic products for the home and beyond. The laboratory is directed by Professor Andrew Davison, and employs a team of post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, and visiting Robotics engineers and scientists from Dyson and academic institutions around the world. Members of the laboratory will collaborate with the Robot Vision group and other teams within Imperial College.

The position will be based in the Department of Computing at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College. The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, the Department was ranked third and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality. For further information on the Dyson Robotics Lab please see http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/dyson-robotics-lab.

Duties and responsibilities

We are looking to recruit two post-doctoral researchers to form part of the backbone of the laboratory's research capability. We are looking for outstanding researchers who have the ability to take long term ownership and leadership of research projects within the lab, working closely with the director and other colleagues in the lab to advance the state of the art in practical robotics driven by computer vision.

The quality of the researchers we are seeking is reflected by the high salary we are able to offer for this position. We expect the researchers to publish and be visible at the top international venues in robotics and computer vision, and also to develop working demonstrators of new capability which could feed into Dyson's R&D operations. Examples of recent high profile published research from the Dyson Robotics Lab include ElasticFusion, SemanticFusion, SceneNet-RGBD, CodeSLAM, NodeSLAM and iMAP as well as work on training grasping and manipulation systems via learning from synthetic data, RLBench and multi-object pose estimation, MoreFusion. The ideal candidates will have a strong background in modern 3D computer vision, but also a demonstrable interest and track record in the practical software skills which enable high performance real-time applications.

Essential requirements

Applicants should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a directly relevant area, such as computer vision and/or robotics; an outstanding record of international publications and demonstrable major skills in building and engineering working systems in robotics and/or computer vision, preferable with a real-time emphasis.

Candidates who are close to completion of a PhD will also be considered*. You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills., the ability and desire to work closely with both academic and industrial research colleagues, and be able to organise your own work with minimal supervision and prioritise work to meet deadlines.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Dyson Research Assistant with a fixed salary of £45,000 per annum.

In addition to completing the online application candidate should attach.

  • A full CV
  • A two-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Jamie Perrins by email at: j.perrins@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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