Research Assistant / Associate in Human-robot Interaction

Imperial College London is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening postdoctoral scholar position in mechanical engineering. Applicants should apply before December 16, 2018.

The Biomechanics group within the Department of Mechanical Engineering have received funding to explore human-robot interfaces. It is well accepted that for a robot to interact effectively with humans, it should manifest some for of believable behaviour and establish social expectations and regulated interaction. Our project aims to use electroencephalography (EEG) experiments with elderly patients in developing countries in order to assess levels of engagement and develop robot behaviour to subsequently encourage socialisation.

This work is part of the Psychosocial Robotic with Elderly in Developing Nations project funded by the EPSRC. You will be heavily involved with psychiatrists, neurologists and engineering to develop robots which maximise the engagement of elderly patients with robots.

We are looking for an individual who has a background in Computer Science, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (or a closely related discipline).

You must have knowledge of Robotics and have practical experience of signal processing, programming and neurorobotics.

This is a fixed term position for up to9 months in the first instance.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 33,380 – 35,061 per annum.

The College cannot normally apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post under Tier 2 of the UK Border Agency's Points Based System. Any candidate, who is considering applying for this position and requires sponsorship, must ensure that they are able to obtain permission to work in the UK through an appropriate immigration route.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr R Vaidyanathan at

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click "APPLY NOW" to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham at

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