Research Associate in Offshore Robotics
University of Edinburgh
Closing Date: 21 September 2018
The position targets cutting-edge research in the area of Autonomous Offshore Robotics. In particular, the successful candidate will investigate underwater navigation, positioning and manipulation in dynamic environments. A major challenge for marine robotic systems, both top-side and subsea, is the presence of disturbances caused by waves, sea currents and wind loading while deploying sensors onto structures that may be moving.
The post holder will study these interactions to improve controllability and station-keeping, collaborating with 3 RAs at the Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS) who investigate low-cost mobile sensor-networks that contain many (10+) exterioceptive sensing modalities as well as low-power local/global communications.
The successful candidate will play a leading role in developing novel proof of concept robotic systems for underwater manipulation in the dynamic environments typically found in the offshore energy industry.