Research Associate (IROHMS)

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
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Cardiff School of Engineering



Research Associate - Cardiff Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics And Human-Machine Systems (IROHMS)
Cardiff School of Engineering

You will conduct research within AI, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals, and pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same. The appointment will be made at the School of Engineering but the successful appointee will work across Engineering, Computer Science & Informatics, and Psychology.
This post is full time, available from 1 December 2019 and is fixed term until 30 September 2022.
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Rossi Setchi at
For informal enquiries about working at Cardiff School of Engineering please contact Mr David Brown at
Date advert posted: Monday, 18 November 2019

Closing date: Thursday, 19 December 2019
Please NOTE: Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.
The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. For this vacancy we actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

Job Description


  • To conduct research within the field of AI, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems and contribute to the overall research performance of IROHMS, the School and University by the production of measurable outputs aligned to the requirements of the IROHMS business plan, bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students. 
  • To develop collaborative research objectives and proposals aligned to those of IROHMS for own or joint research and to identify opportunities for the development of further research funding proposals for the long term sustainability of IROHMS.
  • To attend and or present at relevant conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required.
  • To undertake, where appropriate, administrative tasks associated with IROHMS, including the planning and organisation of associated research projects and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field to support the development of high quality research papers and project proposals.

Internal and External Interaction
  • To ensure that the IROHMS Management Team and all other relevant colleagues within the Centre are kept fully appraised of developments, undertakings and issues with respect to your research activities and to be well acquainted with research activities across IROHMS.
  • To participate where appropriate in wider School and University research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of IROHMS and its associated research projects.
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally,  nationally and internationally to raise awareness and the profile of both IROHMS and the School, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of relevant activities. These activities are expected to contribute to IROHMS and the School to enhance their regional and national profiles.

  • To liaise with the IROHMS Centre Manager and your Project/Activity Leader to ensure that, where required, appropriate agreements and contracts have been put in place over the lifetime of projects / activities in which you are involved and that your interactions on such projects/activities are formally recorded in compliance with Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) requirements.
  • To liaise with appropriate contacts within any partner organisations with which you may be working, ensuring that they deliver on their agreed commitments with respect to provision of evidence of inputs and results and to ensure that the IROHMS Administration Team receive such information in a timely manner.

  • To prepare internal progress reports on your activities for the IROHMS Management Team, providing information such that they are in an informed position to make decisions on quality, resource and timing matters.
  • To prepare appropriate source material on your activities for use in progress reports to WEFO and/or industrial partners as well as for other publicity raising mechanisms and materials. 
  • To take an active role in translating project outputs into case studies and high quality academic and practitioner orientated publications.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1.            Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area and / or a relevant Masters level qualification with significant industrial experience in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and/or Human-Machine Systems.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2.            An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within at least one of the following research fields:
i.              Human-robot interaction and Human-robot collaboration
ii.             Digital transformation, localisation and human tracking
3.            Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field
4.            Proven ability to publish in high-quality nationally and/or internationally recognised journals
5.            Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies
Communication and Team Working

6.            Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
7.            Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals

8.            Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
9.            Proven ability to work without close supervision
Desirable Criteria

10.          Relevant professional qualification(s) e.g. Chartered Engineer
11.          Evidence of collaborations with industry.
12.          Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
13.          Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.

Additional Information

Job description - Other

  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Additional information

The IROHMS Centre will be established to provide national coordination and research leadership, bringing together a critical mass of UK and internationally leading researchers and state-of-the-art facilities to deliver an ambitious programme of transformative research, engaging stakeholders to define the research agenda for future human-centred systems with applications in high-value digital manufacturing and healthcare.
The objective of the Centre is to increase the success of Welsh research institutions in attracting competitive and private research funding.

The Centre seeks to consolidate and enhance currently dispersed multi-disciplinary teams across a strategically important area where Cardiff University has established internationally significant expertise.
The Centre will directly target new funding opportunities emerging in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics and Human-Machine Systems (HMS). The Centre will deliver demonstrable research power and state-of-the art facilities that can re-define relationships with UK and international research collaborators and funders, resulting in a step-change in research and innovation grant capture for Wales.
IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable criteria.
As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance, 8800BR.

Job Category

Academic - Research

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