Research Associate Neurorobotics - University of the West of England, Bristol

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Closing Date
27 Jun 2019
£29,515 to £33,199
Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England, Bristol

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory ( seeks an enthusiastic engineering/computer science post graduate to join the EU funded flagship Human Brain Project for an initial period of 10 months with the potential to extend for 3 additional years and PhD. funding.

The Human Brain Project ( is an EU funded 10 year research project to develop ICT platforms and infrastructure to promote neuroscience research of the human brain. The Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England is partnered with 110 other institutions across Europe in the project, contributing through the use of robotics to embody and situate models of cognitive neural structures. The project is funded by the Horizon 2020 scheme to which the UK is fully committed for the duration of the project (April 2013 - April 2023)

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory has recently commissioned a new rodent-like, visual-tactile robot to validate neuro-plausible models of spatial memory and multi-sensory reconstruction being developed in close collaboration with neuroscience and other engineering partners. The focus of the current phase of the project is evaluating and incorporating event-driven, or "spike based", models of spatial memory and other cognitive capacities in the control of mobile robots. This will include the use of real-time, embedded neuromorphic hardware to realise the neural models and to interface with robotic hardware.

You will have experience in developing micro-controller based systems, be familiar with conventional robotic control and systems integration, and be literate in contemporary computing tools and languages; Linux OS, C/C++, Python, Matlab, Git and ROS. The role will involve assisting with prototyping and developing neural components and structures, and integrating state of the art neuromorphic computing devices with physical robots.

The post will be based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory but will require frequent travel within Europe to attend project alignment meetings and workshops, as well as attendance at international robotics conferences.

In line with the European Commission's gender agenda for Horizon 2020 (, the HBP aims to play a pioneering role in advancing gender equality by aiming for a balance between male and female scientists in research teams and decision-making, as well as promoting awareness of gender equality in research and innovation.

This position is full time and fixed term for 10 months.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:

- a generous holiday allowance of 27 Days

- up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;

-  flexible working;

- excellent defined benefit pension schemes;

- option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;

- family friendly policies;

- onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus.

Please see the attached full Job Description and information for applicants for the role.

If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion, please contact Martin Pearson on 0117 32 86321 or email:

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

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Contact Details

Martin Pearson:
0117 32 86321