The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2018/19 the College will have some 2,300 students registered for Graduate Diploma, MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 400 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 800 visiting lecturers and professors.
The School of Design offers Programmes that engage with a broad spectrum of design from the industry-focused, through collaboration with engineering and science, to the experimental and theoretical. Robotics is emerging as a core research theme connecting various design disciplines at the College. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have awarded an Innovation Fellowship that will focus on the development of advanced robotic anchoring systems, as part of the research project ‘Getting a Grip’. Information about the award can be found here. The project seeks to enable world-leading innovation in mobile robotics, 'leading to new insights in the science of how robots may attach themselves to the environments where they are deployed, the creation of a specialist centre of cross-disciplinary expertise, the development of working prototypes for practical application, and pathways to commercial exploitation'.
A highly talented postdoctoral researcher is sought for a Research Fellow position on the project to closely work with the Academic Leader, PhD students and new members of the RCA Robotics Research Group. The successful candidate will work closely with academic and industrial partners of the project, attend progress meetings and present project results, as well supporting PhD/MSc projects in the subject area within the Robotics Group.
We are seeking a candidate with a good first degree in Engineering or Computer Science, a PhD in a relevant discipline – ideally in mechatronics/robotics, or in the wider areas of electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineering – and extensive programming skills.
The successful candidate will have demonstrable skills and relevant subject knowledge in mechanism design, mechatronics development, hardware and software integration, testing and validation of results and experience of publishing research outputs in credible journals of robotics or related areas, or within high impact interdisciplinary journals.
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Two scholarships are available in the area of Machine Learning & Robotics within the School of Design. The research students will build upon our previous work in the area of robotic perception, mobility and manipulation. We are keen to attract applicants with backgrounds in mechatronics, software, or engineering design to address challenges in:
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Sina Sareh, Academic Lead, Robotics, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), with your CV (e-mail’s subject: ‘Robotics Scholarship at RCA’).
For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Paul Anderson, Dean of the School of Design, by email (email@example.com), with your CV (e-mail’s subject: ‘Computer Science Visualisation at RCA’).
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