Research Fellow in Robotics and Control Ref 3340

School/department:School of Engineering and Informatics
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 24 months
Reference: 3340
Salary:starting at £33,797, rising up to £40,322 per annum
Placed on: 07 May 2020
Closing date:  08 June 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 01 July 2020 or soon thereafter

Job description

We are looking for a Research Fellow (post-doctoral researcher) at the School of Engineering and Informatics of the University of Sussex, to work in the area of physical human-robot interaction and robot control. 

The research fellow will be part of an EPSRC New Investigator Award investigating human-robot interaction by using differential game theory and its application in robot-assisted physical training.

Our vision is to develop a unified framework to analyse various interaction behaviours, and more importantly, to design a robot controller to achieve natural and efficient human-robot interaction. The research fellow will undertake most of the work in the modelling of human-robot interaction, development of the robotic controller and design of the physical robot-assisted training system based on a robotic platform in our group.

Within this project, the Research Fellow will be expected to

  1. extend existing algorithms used in our group and develop a game theory framework with estimation of the human partner’s controller;
  2. combine game theory controller and system observer to yield a stochastic game theory controller for physical human-robot interaction;
  3. design a robotic interface for upper limb physical training and demonstrate advantages of the stochastic game theory controller in improving the training system and predicting human behaviours;
  4. explore the use of the stochastic game theory controller for other applications of physical human-robot interaction such as collaborative object manipulation and exoskeleton;
  5. publish these results in scientific venues and help in grant applications;
  6. help in supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students and teaching of related units.

The position would be suitable for someone with broad knowledge and experience in the area of robotics and control with good skills in programming and hands-on implementation. We seek a highly organised and motivated individual able to multi-task and work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining excellent attention to detail and bring energy and enthusiasm to a fast growing research group. Excellent written and communication skills are also essential.

Employment will be subject to the right to work in the UK. You will work directly with Dr Yanan Li, with a base in the Department of Engineering and Design. You can find more information about Dr Li at

For informal inquiries please contact Dr Li, Department of Engineering and Design, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH, UK;

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