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Systems Engineering Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Trustworthy Autonomous Systems

Employer
University of Bristol
Location
Bristol, United Kingdom
Salary
£35,333 - £44,737
Closing date
Dec 2, 2022

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Sector
Science, Computer Science and IT, Computer Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
University and College
Jobseeker Type
Academic (e.g. 'Lecturer')
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The role

Cutting-edge autonomous systems can change functionality during operation through autonomous learning and adaptation. This gives them enormous potential, including being able to operate autonomously in complex and dynamic real-world environments. However, the ability to evolve in functionality also poses significant challenges to current processes for specifying, designing, analysing, verifying, and validating these systems.

This position sets out to address this Systems Engineering challenge with a focus on ensuring that these adaptive systems are safe, reliable and demonstrably trustworthy. The research will involve working with a multidisciplinary team to develop new systems engineering approaches and apply them to specific case studies in swarm robotics, soft robotics and machine learning unmanned air vehicles.

What will you be doing?
  • Developing System Engineering approaches for autonomous systems with the ability to evolve in functionality while ensuring they are safe, reliable and demonstrably trustworthy.
  • Developing simulation tools and development guidelines for specific case studies in swarm robotics, soft robotics and machine learning unmanned air vehicles.
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team to develop design-for-trustworthiness techniques and methods for autonomous systems with the ability to evolve in functionality.


You should apply if

Solid knowledge of a variety of systems engineering techniques and experience in using them in practice.

Excellent research skills.

Hold or expect to hold a PhD in Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Robotics or closely related discipline, or equivalent experience.

Alternatively, have a first degree in one of the above-mentioned subjects and equivalent experience to PhD studies in a relevant role in industry.

You are excited about working in a multi-disciplinary team to explore design-for-trustworthiness approaches for autonomous systems.

Have the ability to organise your time to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities.

Have the ability to write up results from research activity and present these to diverse international audiences through conferences, industry interactions and public engagement.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.
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