Research Fellow in Collaborative Robotics
University of Nottingham Department of Computer Science
United Kingdom

Collaborative Robotics Research Fellow (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Friday, 3rd June 2022
Job Type
Computer Science
£31406 to £40927 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

We seek a talented researcher with a background in Collaborative Robotics (Co-bots) to develop and/or research interactive robotic and autonomous systems. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary national research Hub on Trustworthy Autonomous Systems, funded by UKRI until 2024 (, working with experts in Computer Science, Engineering, Policy, Medicine & Health, Sociology and Psychology1. The role holder will work alongside interdisciplinary researchers in Horizon DER ( and the Mixed Reality Lab in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham.  

We look to appoint a candidate with a background in the technical development of robotic systems, and an interest in Human-Robot Interaction to contribute or lead research projects that build and study collaborative robotic systems that are trustworthy in principle and trusted in practice in areas such as health and wellbeing, the future of work, recovery from the pandemic, pathways to net zero, and an inclusive, fair and just world.   

You will have experience in the design, development, and evaluation of novel collaborative robotic systems. Prior experience should include strong software development skills (with an emphasis on Python and/or C/C++) and the use of Robot Operating System (ROS) middleware, Git and Linux. A demonstrable background in relevant robotic development utilising skills such as networking, computer vision, sensors, embedded systems, additive manufacturing, and other hardware (Raspberry PI, Arduino, microcontrollers) would be desirable. Exposure to docker, database development and web development would be advantageous. Furthermore, experience in Human-Robot Interaction, human-centred design, or user studies would set you apart.  

You will work with colleagues and robotic equipment in the university’s Cobot Maker Space (, which includes a range of anthropomorphic, mobile, telepresence, and gripper arm robots. You will also undertake independent research as well as working as part of a team - this will include using approaches or methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research, and being responsible for writing up your work in order to contribute to published outcomes. You will have the opportunity to use your initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend your research portfolio. 

The post will be held at Horizon Digital Economy Institute ( the School of Computer Science. 

This is a full-time post (36.25 hours), fixed term for 2 years. Arrangements for job share would be considered. Start date: 1 June 2022.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Derek McAuley ( or Dr Joel Fischer ( Applications must be submitted online via; please note that applications sent by email will not be accepted.

Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.

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