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Research Fellow in Maritime Autonomous Systems

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £34,804 Pro rata per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 31/12/2021)
Closing Date:  Thursday 22 April 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1353921DA

Looking to work with Maritime Autonomous Systems?

We are offering you an ideal opportunity to be involved with research into the application of robotics to heterogenous squads; mission planning and execution of multi-domain maritime autonomous systems; and developing viable solutions that will be tested in both synthetic and field trials. 

You will be working with the range of maritime autonomous systems including surface platforms, sub-surface platforms and interacting with colleagues working with aerial platforms. In addition, you will be participating regularly in field trials on locations within the UK with occasional overseas trips to present research findings to conferences.

To be successful you will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications in engineering (maritime, mechanical, aerospace, or software) or computational science. You will have experience programming in at least one of Python, C++, or JavaScript programming languages and demonstrate excellent communication skills and the proven ability both in writing and verbal for formal reporting. It is essential you are able to demonstrate initiative in problem solving and able to work independently under your own initiative. 

You will be working under the supervision of Dr Jon Downes and closely with the industry sponsor. 

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities

 The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

**subject to qualifying criteria 

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk.  Please quote reference 1353921DA on all correspondence. 


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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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