Associate Professor/Professor in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Location:  Lincoln
Closing Date:   Monday 23 August 2021
Interview Date:   Thursday 23 September 2021
Reference:  COS009A

Associate Professor salary from £51,034 per annum. Competitive salary offered for Professorial appointment.

The University of Lincoln is an ambitious Higher Education institution. The University was awarded Gold – the highest standard possible – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework: a nationwide assessment of teaching quality across UK higher education institutions. It is also committed to growing student numbers, using new partnerships with external organisations and innovative forms of programme delivery. The School of Computer Science has played a key part in achieving this success, pursuing a blend of fundamental, applied and interdisciplinary research, with particular strengths in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Human-Computer Interaction. 

The School of Computer Science seeks to appoint a Professor/Associate Professor with an established and sustained profile, making an impact within Robotics and Autonomous Systems research areas. The post holder is expected to contribute to the School’s teaching activities and to develop their research portfolio, to include: acquiring external funding; supervising postdoctoral researchers and PhD students; publishing in the highest quality journals and conferences; contributing to real-world applications with positive impacts; and conducting, directing and leading research in line with the targets set by the School.

In addition, professors are involved in University service beyond your School and College, making a major contribution to the work of the University. Professors demonstrate continuing academic attainment and achievement, as well as providing academic leadership through active contribution to their discipline that maintains, enhances and improves the University’s national and international reputation in their academic field. 

The successful candidate will be part of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS), which is specialised in the integration of perception, learning, decision-making, control and interaction capabilities in autonomous systems, and the applications of this research in domains including agri-food, healthcare, intelligent transportation, logistics, nuclear robotics, and service robotics. L-CAS is one of the most successful robotics groups in the UK, participating in a large number of collaborative research projects with other academic and industry partners, funded by the UK Research Councils, Innovate the UK and Horizon 2020, among others. It provides a highly-dynamic, inter-disciplinary research environment, with a broad range of collaboration opportunities and a large variety of robots to work with. 

We would welcome applications from new areas that complement our existing research specialisms, such as (but not limited to): robotic manipulation and grasping; mobile manipulation; fleet robotics; robot learning; haptics, etc. You will be expected to take an active part in various activities within the School of Computer Science, such as contributing to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the MSc programme in Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Centre for Doctoral Training, and demonstrating a commitment to maintaining the University’s high standards of teaching and learning.

The University is committed to building a culturally diverse institution, where all staff and students can flourish and feel valued for their contribution and individuality. We are encouraging talented people, whatever their background, to work and study here. All appointments are made on merit. We particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified female academics, as they are currently under-represented in positions within the School. 

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact Dr Salah Al-Majeed (Acting Head of the School of Computer Science, salmajeed@lincoln.ac.uk) or the Director of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems L-CAS, Prof Marc Hanheide (mhanheide@lincoln.ac.uk).

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