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Research Fellow in Control Systems

Vision, Learning and Control Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,301 to £36,001 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term - 2 years
Closing Date:   Tuesday 04 April 2017
Interview Date:   Thursday 11 May 2017
Reference:  843017FP

We are looking for a highly-motivated post-doctoral researcher in the field of control systems.  The post holder will work under the guidance of Dr Bing Chu and Dr Chris Freeman in undertaking research on the development and assessment of novel control approaches. Some experience in the area of iterative learning control, model predictive control, networked dynamical systems, distributed optimisation, or optimal control is desirable but not essential. Experience in experimental implementation of control algorithms is also desirable (e.g. in robotics, automation, power inverters, or rehabilitation systems).

 The post is split between 80% research and 20% teaching activities. The latter is expected to comprise:

  • Supervising projects at postgraduate student level in the area of control systems
  • Supervising laboratory experiments in the area of control systems
  • Giving a limited number of lectures in the area of control systems at postgraduate level

It is also expected that candidates can provide evidence of the following:

  • An awarded PhD* or equivalent qualification related to control systems (theory and/or implementation)
  • The ability to work independently and a good team work attribute
  • A willingness and ability to assist with the supervision of postgraduate students
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills and proven track record in journal publications and conference presentations

The job provides an opportunity for you to develop your academic career and gain a wide range of research experience; you will be supported by an experienced research team who are international leaders in their fields.

*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.

Host Institution: The University of Southampton (UoS) is one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom, was founded in 1952 and is a member of prestigious Russell Group of UK Universities. UoS has more than 19,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 postgraduates and is an excellent venue for conducting cutting-edge research and for providing high quality education. It is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (QS world university rankings 2014-15) and in the top 15 research led universities in the UK (REF 2014), and is participating in a high number of collaborative research projects and related initiatives.

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) is the leading university department of its kind in the UK, with an international reputation for world-leading research across computer science, electronics, and electrical engineering. Research takes place in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment and draws on our outstanding facilities. With over 550 researchers from many different subject backgrounds, the research culture in ECS is fast-changing and dynamic. Our degree programmes provide intensive and challenging courses. Our internationally renowned teaching and research have been ranked among the highest in the UK.

Further enquiries about the position should be directed to Dr Bing Chu (tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 6653; email: or Dr Chris Freeman (tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 3486; email:

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Electronics and Computer Science 

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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