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Research Associate in Control Systems for Nuclear Inspection Robots
Cleator Moor, Cumbria

Job reference: SAE-017957

Location: Cleator Moor, Cumbria

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/12/2021

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term from as soon as possible until 31 March 2023

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 practical experience of developing and implementing your own low-level robotic systems, such as velocity control. In depth understanding and experience of robot dynamics and modelling of dynamic systems, relating to aquatic robots is highly desirable. Experience of programming robots using ROS in C++ or python is required. 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.

As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI)

The School 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.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

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: Keir Groves


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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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