Research Associate – Safety of Robotics and Autonomous Systems – York – University of York – Heslington Campus

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You will conduct research as part of the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) (, a major international programme developing approaches for the safety assurance of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) for a range of applications and domains such as health care, industrial robotics and automotive. This will encompass consideration of a broad range of challenges including areas such as human-robot interaction, requirements elicitation and validation, systems and software engineering, and safety cases and assurance processes. In this role, you will collaborate closely with external companies and other academic institutions in order to support real-world demonstrator projects and maximise the impact of the results of the research. You will disseminate the research results through publications, conference presentations and outreach activities. You will also help to ensure the results of the research are integrated into the AAIP Body of Knowledge on the state-of-the-art for the assurance of RAS.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • You will have a first degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and a PhD in STEM (or equivalent experience). You must have knowledge of safety assurance, ideally in the context of RAS. You will have a good understanding of research techniques and methodologies, and ideally, knowledge of software safety approaches.
  • You will also have highly developed communication skills and the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals; to engage in public dissemination; and to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for your own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor.
  • You will have some experience of working on the safety assurance of systems. Ideally, you will also have experience of working with RAS related technologies, and some experience of working on industrial projects is desirable.
  • Essential personal attributes for this position include a willingness to work proactively with colleagues, a positive attitude to colleagues and students, and a collaborative ethos. It is also essential that you have attention to detail and commitment to high quality. You must have an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the AAIP and an ability to plan and prioritise your own work in order to meet deadlines. It is essential that you are willing to travel in order to collaborate with research partners as required.

This is a fixed-term contract until 31 December 2022

Interview date: 20/03/2020 To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Prof. John McDermid on

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Job CategoryApplied Science, Automation systems, Autonomous, engineering, Innovation, Research, Research and Analysis, Research Engineer, Robotics

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