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Research Associate
Soft Robotic Implantable Medical Devices
Ref: ACAD102246

Job Overview

This Research Associate position is part of a new project funded by the Wellcome Trust which will develop a soft robotic implantable larynx device. The goal is to restore breathing, swallowing and vocalization in patients that have had their larynx removed, for example due to laryngeal cancer.

This research position will include analysis of the biomechanical structure of the larynx and its fundamental operations, the design, development and evaluation of bench-top replacement devices and assisting with pre-clinical tests of the devices. This is expected to include soft robotic actuators, smart materials, electro-active polymers, active compliant structures, soft robotic mechanisms and 3d fabrication; particular strengths of the Bristol Soft Robotics Research Group.

Based in the Bristol Robotic Laboratory, the largest centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK, and the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol, this is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team in soft robotic and compliant medical robotics led by Professor Jonathan Rossiter and Dr Andrew Conn. You will also work closely with world experts in the fields of ENT surgery and bio-compatible materials at Royal Nose, Ear and Throat Hospital, London, University College London and Imperial College.

You will hold (or will be expected to obtain soon) a strong PhD in a discipline relevant to the project. In addition to a strong research track record you will also have excellent communication and presentation skills, and the enthusiasm to work in a friendly multi-disciplinary team.

Salary Band
£31,656 - £35,609
Working Pattern
Full Time,
37 hours per week
Closing Date
30 Oct 2016 @ 23:59
Anticipated Interview Date
To Be Confirmed
 Type of Post/Duration
Permanent
 Location
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Further Details
For an informal discussion, please contact
Professor Jonathan Rossiter , Tel: +44 (0) 117 331 5601.
How to Apply

Early Research Studentship
Ethical Robot Interaction - (ESR14)
Ref: 1595168

Job Overview

The University of the West of England (UWE) is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD student position in Social Robotics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Faculty of Environment and Technology.

UWE is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and research. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 3000 employees and 27000 students have already chosen UWE and more than 100 researchers have chosen Bristol Robotics Laboratory. We welcome your application.

PhD student position in Robotics
Research topic: Ethical robot interaction

UWE is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD student position in Social Robotics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Faculty of Environment and Technology.

SOCRATES

The recruitment is done as part of SOCRATES (SOcial Cognitive Robotic Agents in The European Society), a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network (ETN) comprising 7 universities/research institutes: Umeå University and Örebro University in Sweden, Universität Hamburg and Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart in Germany, CSIC Barcelona in Spain, University West of England, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Additional non-academic partners are: Pal Robotics, Adele Robots, Alfred Nobel Science Park, Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP, Center for Digital Innovation, UMINOVA, Asea Brown Boveri, S.A, and Fundació ACE.

In total 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be recruited as PhD students for research on various aspects of interactive social robotics aiming at assistive robots for older adults with ageing-related impairments. The wide range of projects covers a spectrum from technical design of hardware and interaction methodology, to personalisation, user studies, and robot ethics. The unique multidisciplinary programme will train researchers with both academic and entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, well suited for a career in both academy and industry. The successful applicants will join a training program in close cooperation with researchers from all partners. The recruitment aims at a balanced gender distribution, and in particular women are encouraged to apply. The network-wide training program includes a research project, courses, seminars, and workshops. An overview of all available positions can be found at www.socrates-project.eu/ .

Research project

In developing socially assistive robots for older adults there are a range of issues that need to be considered in regards to personalisation of embodiments and behaviour which could result in broader appeal and acceptance. So as part of designing social robots there is a need to develop a clearer understanding of what comprises ethically and socially acceptable behaviour in robots in different contexts. The amount of deception is a design parameter that influences the Interaction Quality, and it is vital to ensure that the benefits of using a robot outweigh any potential costs due to the set level of deception. This is particularly important for assistive robotics applications where the person interacting with the robot may be fragile and more sensitive to emotional bonding with the robot.

For this position, the research goal is to study how emotional deception is perceived by people and how it affects acceptance of robots, depending on their age, culture, expectations and emotional state. The work will start by Wizard-of-Oz experiments with older adult users in care homes in the UK, and also within the constrained environment of the assisted living studio in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. The researcher will have the opportunity of a secondment to carry out comparative studies at the Ängen testbed facility in Örebro. The researcher will also have a secondment at Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC, to analyse ethical concerns regarding close interaction systems. The end-goal for this research project is to produce a generalised ethical framework to guide future investigation and development. During a secondment to Adele Robots, the reached conclusions will be applied and related to their product, the virtual agent FIONA.

About the position

The position includes a competitive salary for a period of three years full-time research, provided that expected study and research results are achieved. The salary will be based on the standard Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher living and mobility allowances. Career exploratory allowance and travel allowances will be available. Expected starting date for the PhD position is 1st of April 2017.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites include 240 ECTS credits of higher education studies. 60 ECTS have to be on advanced level (Master level). 90 ECTS credits have to be in the area of engineering or computer science. Eligible are also applicants who have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

In addition to excellent study results, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Experience in human-robot interaction, user-experience design, and psychology are merits, as well as documented relevant programming and experimental design skills.

To promote mobility, the following rule applies: At the time of recruitment, the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in UK for more than 12 months during the last 3 years. Compulsory national service, work in international organisations, and short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Salary Band
In line with Marie Skùodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher living and mobility allowances.
Working Pattern
Full Time,
37 hours per week
Closing Date
15 Dec 2016 @ 23:59
Anticipated Interview Date
To Be Confirmed
 Type of Post/Duration
Fixed Term, 36 months
 Location
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Further Details
For an informal discussion, please contact
Dr Sanja Dogramadzi, Tel: +44 (0) 117 32 81301.
How to Apply

Early Research Studentship
Robot Interaction Safety Design - (ESR12)
Ref: 1595173

Job Overview

The University of the West of England (UWE) is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD student position in Social Robotics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, within the Faculty of Environment and Technology.

UWE is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and research. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 3000 employees and 27 000 students have already chosen UWE and more than 100 researchers have chosen Bristol Robotics Laboratory. We welcome your application.

PhD student position in Robotics
Research topic: Interaction safety design

SOCRATES

The recruitment is done as part of SOCRATES (Social Cognitive Robotic Agents in The European Society), a new Marie Skùodowska-Curie European Training Network (ETN) comprising 7 universities/research institutes: Umeå University and Örebro University in Sweden, Universität Hamburg and Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart in Germany, CSIC Barcelona in Spain, University West of England, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Additional non-academic partners are: Pal Robotics, Adele Robots, Alfred Nobel Science Park, Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP, Center for Digital Innovation, UMINOVA, Asea Brown Boveri, S.A, and Fundació ACE.

In total 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be recruited as PhD students for research on various aspects of interactive social robotics aiming at assistive robots for older adults with ageing-related impairments. The wide range of projects covers a spectrum from technical design of hardware and interaction methodology, to personalisation, user studies, and robot ethics. The unique multidisciplinary programme will train researchers with both academic and entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, well suited for a career in both academy and industry. The successful applicants will join a training program in close cooperation with researchers from all partners. The recruitment aims at a balanced gender distribution, and in particular women are encouraged to apply. The network-wide training program includes a research project, courses, seminars, and workshops. An overview of all available positions can be found at www.socrates-project.eu/ .

Research project

For this position, the research goal is to investigate how robots can detect and adapt to changes in human behaviour in order to ensure safe interaction. Using a case-study approach, investigations on how such varying Interaction Quality can influence interaction safety design for social robots will be performed. Data collection and safety studies will be conducted with users in carefully designed scenarios. Machine learning and pattern recognition techniques will be used to extract situational features for classification of situations. This situational awareness will be used to create a safety control architecture that adapts to varying Interaction Quality caused by changes in human behaviour or ability. During a secondment at CSIC, further studies of personalisation mechanisms on adaptive safety mechanisms will be performed. During an industrial secondment to ABB, the work will be compared to industrial guidelines, and applied to the YuMi robot.

About the position

The position includes a competitive salary for a period of three years full-time research, provided that expected study and research results are achieved. The salary will be based on the standard Marie Skùodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher living and mobility allowances. Career exploratory allowance and travel allowances will be available. Expected starting date for the PhD position is 1st of April 2017.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites include 240 ECTS credits of higher education studies. 60 ECTS have to be on advanced level (Master level). 90 ECTS credits have to be in the area of engineering or computer science. Eligible are also applicants who have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

In addition to excellent study results, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Experience in robotics and machine learning are merits, as well as documented relevant programming skills.

To promote mobility, the following rule applies: At the time of recruitment, the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in UK for more than 12 months during the last 3 years. Compulsory national service, work in international organisations, and short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Salary Band
In line with the standard Marie Skùodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher living and mobility allowances.
Working Pattern
Full Time,
37 hours per week
Closing Date
15 Dec 2016 @ 23:59
Anticipated Interview Date
To Be Confirmed
 Type of Post/Duration
Fixed Term, 36 months
 Location
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Further Details
For an informal discussion, please contact
Dr Sanja Dogramadzi, Tel: +44 (0) 117 32 81301.
How to Apply

Page last updated 13 October 2016

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