We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Dynamic Robot Systems Group of the Oxford Robotics Institute and the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is fixed-term until 31 March 2021.


The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to our research effort towards the ORCA Hub for robotics in offshore environments, as part of the EPSRC’s Hubs for Extreme and Challenging Environments.

The project will develop navigation and planning approaches suitable for legged mobility in the context of industrial facilities. The goal is to further develop our motion planning approaches that are capable of utilising different modes of locomotion to adapt to different terrain, and close the loop with online perception. A broad range of approaches is applicable and the focus will be decided according to the background and aims of the successful candidate.

You will be responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of motion planning methods suitable for legged locomotion in physically realistic simulated environments and on the real ANYmal quadruped robot.

You should hold or be close to completion of a PhD/DPhil in robotics, computer science, machine learning, informatics, AI, or a closely related field. You will have an excellent academic track record in topics relevant to legged locomotion; path and motion planning, whole-body control, multi-contact locomotion, machine learning and optimisation, avatar animation or related areas. You have experience working on real robots and great team working skills.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Ioannis Havoutis at ioannis@robots.ox.ac.uk or apply here.

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 7 October 2019 can be considered.