Senior Research Associate in Robotics for Infrastructure Maintenance and Repair (Offshore Wind Farms), RCA Robotics, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Fixed term contract until 1 March 2021 

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 MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 450 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 1,000 visiting lecturers and professors.

The RCA Robotics Laboratory, recently established and directed by RCA’s Academic Leader in Robotics, Dr Sina Sareh, develops new bioinspired technologies for robot mobility, manipulation and attachment in unstructured and extreme environments through funded projects by EPSRC, Innovate UK and industrial partners. Following the Royal College of Art's Strategic Plan 2016-2021, the lab is intended to create significant research and education capacity in robotics by 2020, to support the RCA's ambitious expansion plans in Battersea South including a new robotics facility and new research centres– the most radical transformation of the institution’s campus in its 181-year history.

Through the Innovate UK’s “Robotics and AI: Inspect, Maintain and Repair in Extreme Environments” funding scheme, a research project grant entitled Multi-Platform Inspection, Maintenance & Repair in Extreme Environments (MIMRee) has been awarded to the RCA.

The MIMRee project will introduce a step-change in the operations and maintenance (O&M) of offshore wind farms by removing humans from the loop during the inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) of offshore wind turbine blades. The aim is to significantly reduce the costs and turbine downtime associated with these tasks and reduce the health and safety risks of using rope access technicians. 

The project is led by Plant Integrity Limited who are collaborating with Thales UK Limited, Wootzano Limited, BladeBug Limited, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, University of Manchester, University of Bristol, Royal Holloway University of London and Royal College of Art to develop and demonstrate a prototype version of the MIMRee. 

A highly talented researcher is sought for a Research Associate position to closely work with the Academic Leader, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students as well as new members of the RCA Robotics Research Group. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of world-leading research and innovation in soft mobile robotics. Main duties of the post holder include the development of a multi-modal sensing and actuation system for a robotic manipulation and repair system as well as integration into mobile platforms, testing and validation. This role holder will work closely with our academic and industrial partners, 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, or equivalent industrial experience, 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.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Sina Sareh, Academic Leader in Robotics (sina.sareh@rca.ac.uk). 

Research Fellow in Robotics, School of Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK

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.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact the HR team at hr@rca.ac.uk.

https://jobs.rca.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=075-18-R

 

 

Funded PhD Positions in Machine Learning & Robotics, School of Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK

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:

 

  • Soft Robotics/ Mobile Robotics

 

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Sina Sareh, Academic Lead, Robotics, by email (sina.sareh@rca.ac.uk), with your CV (e-mail’s subject: ‘Robotics Scholarship at RCA’).

 

  • 3D visualisation/ Computer science

 

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Paul Anderson, Dean of the School of Design, by email (paul.anderson@rca.ac.uk), with your CV (e-mail’s subject: ‘Computer Science Visualisation at RCA’).

 

For more information on the positions and the formal application process, please visit the website:

 

https://www.rca.ac.uk/research-innovation/research/student-research/funding-and-support/machine-learning-scholarships/