Job opportunity: Systems Engineering Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Trustworthy Autonomous Systems

Cutting-edge autonomous systems can change functionality during operation through autonomous learning and adaptation. This gives them enormous potential, including being able to operate autonomously in complex and dynamic real-world environments. However, the ability to evolve in functionality also poses significant challenges to current processes for specifying, designing, analysing, verifying, and validating these systems.

This position sets out to address this Systems Engineering challenge with a focus on ensuring that these adaptive systems are safe, reliable and demonstrably trustworthy. The research will involve working with a multidisciplinary team to develop new systems engineering approaches and apply them to specific case studies in swarm robotics, soft robotics and machine learning unmanned air vehicles.

Further information

For more details about the role and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol job site: Vacancy ref. ACAD106473

Closing date: 5 December 2022


Job opportunity: Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Aerial Robotics

This exciting research position sets out to develop flight control systems for Uncrewed Air Vehicles (UAVs) based on machine learning. You will be developing reinforcement learning based flight control systems for micro quadcopters and hybrid flight control systems for morphing wing UAVs. You will then experimentally test and validate these using advanced free flight and wind tunnel testing facilities.

This position is part of our multidisciplinary UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Node in Functionality which explores how to develop trustworthy adaptive autonomous systems. The successful applicant will be part of a large multidisciplinary team of researchers from ethics, sociology, computer science and engineering working together to develop design-for-trustworthiness techniques for a wide range of autonomous systems, including swarm robotics, soft robots, and unmanned air vehicles. They will also be a part of the larger national £33 million UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme.

The position will be based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, the largest centre for multidisciplinary research in the UK. This position will also involve close interaction with the Bio-inspired Flight Lab, and the Bristol Flight Lab at the University of Bristol.

Further information

For more details about the role and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol job site: Vacancy ref. ACAD106468

Closing date: 1 December 2022