Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom

Early Career Research Fellowships 2020 (Post-doctoral Positions) in UK

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University: Join Durham University’s Department of Computer Science as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bio-Hybrid Robotics Design. This exciting opportunity involves working on the EU-funded RoboRoyale project, which aims to develop a system combining micro-robotic, biological, and machine learning technologies to support the well-being of honeybee queens. The successful candidate will be responsible for micro-robotic design, hardware development, programming, and the development of multi-agent controllers. This position is full-time and fixed-term for 36 months.

Designation: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Area: Bio-Hybrid Robotics Design

Location: Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom


  • A good first degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, or a related subject.
  • A PhD (or be close to submission) in Robotics, Mechatronics, Electronics, or a related subject.
  • Strong experience in conducting high-quality academic research in micro-robotic design, hardware development, and control in real-world robotic applications.
  • Demonstrated experience of mechanical design using standard CAD software.
  • Demonstrated experience of software development background, especially in low-level microcontrollers.
  • Experience in programming languages such as C++, Python, ROS, etc.
  • Strong theoretical and practical background in mathematical modelling.
  • Demonstrated ability to write material of a quality commensurate with publication in highly-ranked journals, evidenced by a publication record.

Job Description:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bio-Hybrid Robotics Design (Job Number: 23000770)

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • Design novel mechanisms for a micro-robot system, with a focus on the social behavior of honeybees.
  • Understand and convey highly technical material to the team through presentations and discussions, leading to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to various audiences.
  • Publish high-quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
  • Assist in the development of research objectives and proposals.
  • Collaborate with the Principal Investigator, colleagues, and external partners to identify areas for research, develop new research methods, and extend the research portfolio.
  • Manage own research activity, resources, and contribute to the planning of research projects.
  • Deliver training in research techniques/approaches and assist in student supervision.
  • Foster a collegial and respectful working environment that is inclusive and welcoming.
  • Engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • Engage in continuing professional development through participation in teaching programs, departmental committees, relevant training, and development courses.

How to Apply: For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Farshad Arvin at To apply, please submit your application online via the Durham University Vacancies Site at Provide details of three (preferably academic/research) referees and your current line manager for employment reference.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and candidates from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, as they are under-represented in academic posts at the University.

Please submit the following documents:

  1. A CV (maximum 4 pages)
  2. A 1-page covering letter detailing your experience, strengths, and potential in the requirements set out above.

Last Date for Apply: 14-Jun-2023, 7:59:00 AM

Please note that the assessment process will include a formal interview and a technical interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in July 2023.



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