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Research Assistant in Subsea Robotics

Requisition ID:  1080

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  01-Nov-2019

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £28,331 - £30,046  

Closing Date: 15 November 2019



The role

We are seeking a dynamic researcher to work on a short-term project in subsea robotics. You will develop new ideas on subsea robotics that follow on from previous work in the group. The ideal candidate will hold a degree in a relevant subject (electronics, electrical engineering or computer science), have strong software engineering skills and experience in the development of embedded systems.

The appointee will be based in the School of Engineering, working alongside other researchers involved in similar projects.

The post is available fixed term for 4 months in the first instance.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Nick Wright (

As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


Key Accountabilities

  1. Develop subsea robotic technology.
  2. Engage with potential industrial and academic collaborators.
  3. Actively disseminate research outcomes, including preparation of manuscripts for high quality journals, delivery of poster and oral presentations at international conferences.

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of developing, setting-up and running embedded electronic systems - Essential
  • Good data analytical skills, with the ability to work methodically and accurately in designing, executing and writing up research independently - Essential
  • Experience of team working with project colleagues - Desirable
  • A developing track record of peer reviewed publications in internationally recognised journals and experience of presentation of work to the national/international research community - Desirable


Attributes and Behaviour 

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability and willingness to communicate your research at national and international conferences, to fellow academics in other disciplines and to stakeholders - Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build trust with collaborating groups - Essential
  • The ability to work well both independently and as part of a team - Essential
  • Good planning, organisational and time management skills - Essential
  • Willingness to undertake field-work - Essential



  • A good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant subject e.g. Computer Science, Electronics, Electrical Engineering – Essential

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

Requisition ID: 1080