Experimental Officer in Design and Fabrication of In-Pipe Robots for Inspection and Maintenance

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7195190 (Ref.No. EPSME1149)
Posted: November 20, 2023

Job Description

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced researcher in applied robotic systems? Are you looking for a new and exciting challenge as part of a world class robotics team?  Do you want to design and create robotic systems that will change our lives?

This is your opportunity to make a tangible impact within the robotics field while collaborating with a team of brilliant minds in a dynamic research environment. In this role you will lead on the development of new robotic actuation technologies and building novel in-pipe robots to tackle real-world inspection and maintenance challenges.    

You will become part of the Real Robotics lab, at the University of Leeds, that has a current involvement in research projects of total value >£20m. The lab research includes robotic manufacturing and manufacturing of robots including world class robot fabrication facilities, and robotic systems to inspect and repair city infrastructure.  Current major externally funded projects include Pipebots, Trustworthy Autonomous System Verifiability Node, and recently awarded strength in places funding linked with the Advanced Machinery and Productivity Institute (the AMP Institute). The real robotics lab consists of 10 full time academics and technicians, >10 post-doctoral researchers >20 PhD students.  

In this role you will lead the design, prototyping, and optimisation of miniature in-pipe robots for various network environments across multiple projects. You will design and conduct experiments to evaluate the performance of these robots in real-world scenarios. You will conduct pioneering work on innovative systems integration for robotics, and autonomous control strategies. Author research papers, and patents in the field of inspection and maintenance in top-tier journals to share your findings with the global scientific community.


To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Robert Richardson, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2156 or email: [email protected]

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mechanical Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £37,099 to £44,263 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £39,347 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Up to 2 years - to complete specific time limited work.)
Release Date:  Friday 17 November 2023
Closing Date:  Monday 01 January 2024
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSME1149

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