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Lecturer in Robotics

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Summary:
Are you interested in working for a world-class Faculty in a world-top 100 University?

We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering for a Lecturer in Robotics (equivalent to Assistant Professor) who is looking to use their skills to strengthen our capability in Autonomous Systems and Robotics, a strategic area for the Department.

Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) is one of the largest departments devoted to the subject in Europe, with 29 academic staff, 36 research staff, 25 professional and support staff and nearly 400 taught and research students. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, the department was ranked first for quality of research publications and third for overall research quality, out of 62 UK institutions specialising in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary engineering.

We are an innovative, dynamic and ambitious department that is renowned for fostering multidisciplinary research activities involving partners from academia as well as major industry players including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Siemens. Our research and knowledge-based activities are aligned with the future demands of both business and society.

You will hold a PhD in the relevant area and be able to demonstrate potential to conduct world-leading research as evidenced by your research vision, research funding plans and publication record.
You will pursue theoretical and applied research in one of our priority research areas including design and development of novel micro/nano robotic systems, self-assembling robots, artificial intelligence for human-robot interaction, collaborative robotics and autonomy. You are expected to work collaboratively across disciplines to develop innovative applications of robotics and autonomous systems to key sectors such as healthcare, assisted living, infrastructure, space or manufacturing.
In addition to establishing and maintaining a world-class research profile, the successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs within the department.

Job Description
Main Duties and Responsibilities

Research
• Conduct personal research of international standing independently and collaboratively, in
line with the Faculty Research Strategy.
• Maintain a strong academic and professional profile through national and international
engagement and high quality publications.
• Determine research objectives, and initiate and implement a strong programme of research.
• Direct and supervise the work of research students and research staff.
• Secure significant external funding to support future research activity.
• Where appropriate, transfer the outcomes of research into industrial practice.

Teaching
• Design, deliver and assess high quality teaching programmes.
• Liaise effectively with academic staff and other colleagues to ensure teaching programmes are appropriate to the needs of students and employers.
• Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

Leadership
• Provide strong academic leadership, including line management and staff development as appropriate (for example of research teams).
• Contribute to the effective and efficient running of the Department, Faculty and University, undertaking administrative roles as required.
• Participate in University, Departmental and Faculty committees as appropriate.
• Foster high quality links with academic colleagues in relevant disciplines across the University, with other academic institutions and with industry.


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