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Research Associate – Whole-Body Force Control using Mobile Manipulator Robots
Cleator Moor, Cumbria

Job reference: SAE-016364

Location: Cleator Moor, Cumbria

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/06/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Electrical & Electron Eng

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Starting as soon as possible until 30 April 2022

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

Applications are invited for this exciting opportunity to join the multi-partner EPSRC funded ‘Robotics for Nuclear Environments’ programme grant. The University of Manchester is the lead partner in the programme which also includes researchers at the Universities of West of England and Birmingham, working in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory (see As part of the RNE programme you will help develop robots and autonomous systems that will be necessary to address decommissioning challenges for the UK’s legacy nuclear facilities. 

You will have (or expect to receive shortly) a PhD or equivalent in mechatronic engineering, robotic systems, engineering dynamics or a similar discipline or have equivalent experience. In addition, you will have in depth understanding and experience of robotics, manipulator dynamics and modelling of dynamical systems. A strong mathematical background and the ability to translate advanced mathematical concepts into feasible algorithms is required, as well as experience of programming robots using ROS in C++ or python. You will have a strong publication record and demonstrable experience of successfully working as part of a team.

More detailed information about the responsibilities of the post and selection criteria can be found in the ‘Further Particulars’ document attached at the bottom of this advert.

The School of is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. 

Happy to talk flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Simon Watson

General enquiries:

Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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