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Posting Date
UK Shared Business Services
Aerospace and defence
Job type
Full time
28,200.00 - 32,000.00  per year

UK Shared Business Services

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Robotics)

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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Robotics)

Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS), National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOC)

Salary £28,200 - £32,000 per annum

Closing Date: 11th March 2018


About the role:

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Robotic Systems and SoftwareEngineer to join the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS)group at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. The National Oceanography Centre is the United Kingdom’s centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences, with the remit to provide national capability and leadership for big ocean science.


You will be joining a team of enthusiastic engineers who are designing and operating the NOC fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and are developing new concepts in marine autonomous systems (MAS).


The MARS group at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK is seeking to recruit postdoctoral research fellows that will have a key research role for the development of smart networks and AI Based Navigation for dynamic underwater environments.

The successful candidates will conduct their research within the MARS group working on the Innovate UK project “Enabling low cost AUV technology: Development of smart networks & AI based navigation for dynamic underwater environments with the goal of leading the development of acoustic, network-based, localisation and navigation algorithms for robotic platforms.


You will be ahighly-motivated young scientist/engineer with a background and PhD in automatic control and/or robotics and a well-established publication record among these respective areas:

  • UUV modelling and simulation
  • Robotic localisation and navigation
  • Acoustic-based localisation means such as Long-BaseLine and Ultra-Short Base Line
  • Underwater communication systems


Strong competencies in C/C++/Python programming and MATLAB are essential.


This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for one year offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.



This is a Band6 position and the starting salary will be £28,200 - £32,000 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.


Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.


About you:

You must have a PhD in Software Engineering, Robotics or a related area and excellent software implementation skills (C++/Python) are essential.


Practical experience in robotics, expertise in UUV modelling, simulation and navigation is desirable.


It is also preferred that you have experience in acoustic-based localisation means such as Long-BaseLine or Ultra-Short Base Line, as well as familiarity with robotics middleware (e.g. ROS) and other relevant software packages.


It is desirable that you have agood publication record, strong writtenand oral English communication skills, organisation and teamwork.


Youwill be part of a team developing innovative next generation robotic software and command and control systemsfor autonomous platforms.A commitment to producing quality solutions, ensuring a high degree of accuracy and close attention to detail and a disciplined approach to analysing and resolving problems is required. You will be self-motivated, pro-active, flexible and innovative with the ability to work within a team and able to communicate complex engineering concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Closing date:11th March 2018


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