Research Associate - Robotics for Health

The Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies Group and the Human Robotic Interaction Group in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University is recruiting a robotics for health software engineer. The position represents a unique opportunity to work with truly world leading academics and research associates on frontier research for robotics in assistive home environments.

The role is ideal for a computer scientist with a strong interest in robotics and a wide background covering: software development, user centered design, development and evaluation, and an interest in smart living environments and robotic systems. The main duties of the role will include supporting and interacting with the internal ITT Group and HRI Group researchers to facilitate the research activities in the HRI and Assistive living labs.

This position may be full time for 6 months or part time for a longer period depending on negotiations at interview.

Key duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Gaining an understanding of underlying research in Human Robot Interaction and Health.
  • The ability to design and develop robotic pilots (including programming these routines on different robotic platforms) or the capacity to learn, in order to support activities in the Assistive Living and HRI labs to facilitate rich interactions with externals.
  • Being able to operate and either know, or have the capacity to learn, to programme the OpenHAB (Assistive Living lab software)
  • Assist and sometimes lead demonstrations of the technology to end users and visitors.
  • The successful candidate will have a strong interest in HCI and an MSc or PhD in Computer Science or strongly related area.

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  • Location: Edinburgh
    Salary: £31,604 to £36,613
    Hours: Full Time, Part Time
    Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
    Placed on: 30th April 2018
    Closes: 14th May 2018
    Job Ref: IRC14749