Research Associate – Robotic Sensing

Posted on Mar 18, 2019 in Job Opportunities in Acoustics

A great opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to join a prestigious Programme Grant funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and led by the University of Sheffield. The project aims to develop a new swarm robotics technology platform for buried pipe inspection which can measure the pipe conditions (e.g. leaks and blockages) and their deterioration autonomously and pervasively. Your will be to design, model, test and integrate new sensor solutions (acoustic, optical or RF) with small robots which will be able to navigate, communicate and sense the environment while being left inside the pipe. A key outcome of this Grant will be the specification of the new sensing platform and signal processing algorithms to be used by the industry as the next generation of autonomous inspection solutions for buried pipes.

This new technology will yield a step change in the way the buried pipes are inspected, rehabilitated and managed. This role offers you the opportunity to develop new fluid-borne sensors to be carried by robots in a pipe, simulate their performance using a valid numerical model, to integrate these sensors with a working robot prototype and to validate their simulated performance experimentally. It is expected that the results of this work will be sufficiently novel and significant to warrant their publication in refereed academic journals.

You should have strong experimental and theoretical skills, understanding of the wave phenomena, signal processing, numerical modelling and to have the ability to write computer code and to analyse experimental data efficiently. You should be self-motivated, able to work both independently and as part of a large, trans-disciplinary team, and have the ability to present and communicate complex information to our partners and potential customers in a concise and clear form.

You will hold a good BEng/MEng level degree (minimum 2:1) and a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Computing, Mathematics or related discipline. Some experience in buried pipe infrastructure or robotics would be beneficial. The post holder must be willing to undertake frequent travel within the UK and overseas.

This post is fixed-term for 36 months with an anticipated start date of 1 May 2019 or as soon there after.

More details about the job and application process are here.


Closing date for applications: 18 April 2019