Postdoc position in AI and Robotics at Royal Holloway University of London

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Oct 29, 2021, 6:51:06 AM10/29/21
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Postdoc position in AI and Robotics (Subsea Autonomous Systems) at Royal Holloway University of London

Outstanding candidates in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are invited to apply for a post of Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science at Royal Holloway University of London.

The Project

The position is funded by the two-year Innovate UK  grant “Squads of Adaptive Robots (SoAR)”, held by Prof Sara Bernardini, in the context of the program “Subsea autonomous systems: next generation technologies”. The project will be carried out by a consortium including industry (Sonardyne, Planet Ocean, and HydroSurv Unmanned Survey), research institutes (National Oceanography Centre) and end users (Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult). SoAR is focused on delivering a fundamental shift in the use of marine robotics through the networking of heterogeneous fleets of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and uncrewed surface vehicles overseen by a fleet-level autonomy engine capable of adaptive mission planning.

The Department

The Department is one of the top departments of Computer Science in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), it scored 11th for the quality of our research output, with a third of the publications recognised as world-leading and a further half internationally excellent (87% in total).

The Candidate

The successful candidates will hold a PhD or equivalent, have a strong research record in Artificial Intelligence and/or Robotics and have a keen interest in practice-driven research. Experts in Autonomous Systems, Agent/Multi-Agent Systems, AI Planning, Cognitive Robotics, Autonomous Navigation and Exploration are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience in engaging with industry or contributing to outreach activities would also be valuable. The duties and responsibilities of this post include:
  • Conducting individual and collaborative research on the project's themes.
  • Developing software based on the project's needs.
  • Writing reports on the advancement of the project.
  • Producing high-quality outputs for publication in high-profile journals or conference proceedings.
The Position

The post is based in Egham, Surrey, where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near Windsor Great Park and within 20-minute commuting distance from London, one of Europe’s most dynamic technology hubs. This is a full-time and fixed-term post (extensions are possible), available from December 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

To Apply

For an informal discussion about the post, please get in touch with Prof Sara Bernardini (

To view further details of this post, please visit and

To apply: 

Closing Date:  Midnight,  19th November 2021  

Interview Date: W/C 29th November 2021

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