Two Vacancies in HRI in Edinburgh for PDRAs

We have available vacancies for two post-docs as part of the newly created £31M
ORCA Hub at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

This is a flagship, 3.5 year EPSRC-funded programme in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, which is led by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR). It will develop world-leading robotics for offshore environments and assets and employ over thirty research associates and involve thirty faculty located at Heriot-Watt, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Oxford and Imperial College universities.

The Hub is structured into four workpackages. Two openings are currently available in WP3: Human Robot Interaction (HRI). This team will comprise four post-doctoral Research Associates and four faculty. It will research and develop HRI
solutions in the high workload, high risk environments typical of remote offshore operation. Close collaboration will be required with the other three workpackages in Sensing; Manipulation and Planning; and Certification.
Each post will provide an initial contract of 1 year, and with the possibility of renewal twice. Salary will be in the range £31,604–£38,833 (Grade 7) dependent upon experience. The positions would start spring of 2018.

Post 1: Visualisation for HRI

Research into reactive, dynamic, multi-perspective visualisation and visual explanation of robot teams’ reasoning, planning, and sensing, in order to increase user confidence and minimise cognitive load.

Post 2: Human signal based HRI

Human-Computer Interaction with a focus on adaptation, exploring human behaviours and signals, i.e. closing the perception loop with the human (integrating sensors, e.g. eye trackers and other monitoring devices); understanding cognitive load and how to build trust in a human-machine teaming.

Education, qualifications and experience

We expect strong relevant technical skills, high level of academic writing, as well as,
excellent communication and teamwork from candidates. Exact salary within scale 7
can be negotiated on experience and excellence criteria. Candidates should have a
PhD in an appropriate discipline.

How to apply

Deadline for applications will be 23:00, 10th April 2018. Please contact Mike
Chantler (post 1) and Katrin Lohan (post 2) by email ( & providing a CV in the first instance.

Formal applications should be made via Heriot Watt’s normal application process. The job reference is IRC12808.

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