Job opportunity: Research Associate in Human/Swarm Interaction (deadline 29th August)

The role

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented, motivated individual to join us as a Research Associate in Human Swarm Interaction at the University of Bristol. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in engineering trustworthy robot swarms.

As a Research Associate, you will be involved in designing human trials to assess the trustworthiness of our swarm solutions. You will contribute to building demonstrations for public engagement/outreach activities. Collaborating with our Engagement Officer, you will explore potential uses of swarm solutions in science festivals & events, and contribute to educational resources for school children.

This position is within the multidisciplinary UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) Node in Functionality programme. You will collaborate with a diverse team of researchers from various disciplines, including ethics, sociology, computer science, and engineering. Together, we are developing design-for-trustworthiness techniques & methods applicable to a wide range of autonomous systems.

By joining our team, you become part of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) programme, a £33 million initiative that brings together research communities & stakeholders to drive cross-disciplinary fundamental research.

Please note this project runs until 30/04/2024. See our website for more information:

What will you be doing?

  • Translate results to physical testbeds (existing Industrial Swarm Arena).
  • Create outside demonstrators for festivals, public outreach efforts & schools.
  • Perform human trials to assess trustworthiness of swarm solutions.
  • Work within a multidisciplinary team to develop design-for-trustworthiness techniques and methods for autonomous systems that can evolve in functionality.
  • Prepare conference and journal papers for publication of findings.

You should apply if

  • A good honours degree (or equivalent) with subject knowledge in Robotics, Engineering, Computer Science, Maths or closely related discipline, and some research experience.
  • A relevant postgraduate research degree or equivalent professional qualification/experience, or be working towards one.
  • Expertise running human trials to assess robotic technologies.
  • Expertise managing ethics approval processes.
  • Expertise developing outreach activities.
  • The ability to write up research results and present these to diverse international audiences through conferences, industry interactions and public engagement.

For a full view of requirements refer to the job description below, but if the aforementioned describes you, we’d encourage you to apply.

Why choose us?

Join a top-ranked UK research university and benefit from attractive perks, a strong pension scheme, and access to development and well-being programs. Embrace our inclusive culture, join diverse staff networks, and become part of a supportive community.

Don’t miss this chance to be at the forefront of engineering trustworthy robot swarms. Apply now to join our dynamic research team!

Additional information

For informal queries please contact Sabine Hauert –

To find out more about what it’s like to work in the Faculty of Engineering, and how the Faculty supports people to achieve their potential, please see our staff blog:

Interviews are anticipated to take place on 13th September 2023.

Our strategy and mission

We recently launched our strategy to 2030 tying together our mission, vision and values.

The University of Bristol aims to be a place where everyone feels able to be themselves and do their best in an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. We want to attract, develop, and retain individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives – particularly people of colour, LGBT+ and disabled people – because diversity of people and ideas remains integral to our excellence as a global civic institution.

Available documents

Please refer to the Job Description for a complete list of skills and experience that will support your application for this role.

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