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Research Assistant in Digital Twins for Machine Learning based Autonomous Navigation

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a part-time Research Assistant to join the Prorok Lab in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, at the University of Cambridge, UK. The position is available at 20 hours per week and on a four month contract. Ideally this should start as soon as possible.

The Prorok Lab has a variety of robotic platforms (aerial and ground), and boasts expertise in controlling and deploying them in practice, as well as in designing coordination strategies for them. A high degree of self-motivation, research-oriented thinking, and a drive for getting real robotic systems up and running are all essential traits in members of this lab.

The Research Assistant will work together with a team of PhD students and research collaborators on the evaluation and suitability of Digital Twinning technology for industrial autonomous navigation applications. Together with the project team, the Research Assistant will perform field research to identify the technical specifications of viable products and a technology development roadmap.

This project is part of an Impact Accelerator fund for the commercialization (spin-out) of the laboratory's research inventions. The project, "Planning with a Hundred Eyes", envisions visual sensor-based navigation for challenging work environments.


The successful candidate must hold (or be near to completion) a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Business Studies, or a STEM related subject area. They will have excellent communication skills (written and oral), show business acumen, be results driven and comfortable working with technical products and specification. Detailed information on the requirements for the role can be found in the further particulars.

The Department of Computer Science and Technology is an academic department that encompasses computer science along with many aspects of engineering, technology and mathematics. We have a world-wide reputation for academic research with consistent top research ratings. The Department has an open and collaborative culture, supporting revolutionary fundamental computer science research, strong cross-cutting collaborations internally and externally, and ideas which transform computing outside the University. Please follow the link : to find out more.

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Please quote reference NR42368 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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