Research Associate in Complex Systems Modelling at University of Sheffield

Position until 12th August 2020 (subject to extension)

Are you passionate about working for a world top 100 university?
We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Computer Science for someone with a real passion for complex systems looking to use their skills in computational and mathematical models to advance the state-of-the-art of distributed systems design.

You will join the Sheffield Robotics group in our large and diverse academic department of Computer Science. Your standing and approaches will further strengthen our strong international research profile. You will work in a well-connected team with world-leading reputations in the area of decentralised systems and collective decision-making. We are well-known internationally for our research, and are one of the largest research groups in collective robotics in the UK.

You will use your mathematical and statistical analysis skills to provide essential support to the Swarm Awareness project helping to advance our understanding of complex, decentralised systems using techniques and concepts from statistical physics, nonlinear dynamical systems analysis, statistical decision theory, psychology, neuroscience and behavioural ecology. You will design models of decentralised consensus processes and perform symbolic and computational dynamical system analysis.

This role offers you the opportunity to independently develop creative approaches to problem solving by playing a key part in the research activities of the project. In this varied and dynamic role, you will be responsible for synthesising published research findings, identifying promising avenues of future research, and pursuing these. Working alongside Prof James Marshall and Dr Andreagiovanni Reina, the role will offer you an opportunity to work effectively under own initiative and within a team. As this role requires an interdisciplinary approach, it provides an excellent opportunity to develop a scientific network with leading researchers from different fields pursuing similar scientific questions.

With responsibility for modelling decentralised consensus in swarm systems, you will add substantial benefit to the Swarm Awareness project by creating high-quality software for computational models, network analysis, and multiagent simulations. Other key aspects of the role will include the generation, statistical analysis, and multi-level modelling of simulation data. You will be responsible for disseminating research findings through the production of papers for high quality journals and presentation at international conferences, as well as to assisting with the implementation of swarm robotics experiments that showcase the theories developed in the project.

We are seeking candidates with a PhD (or equivalent experience) in mathematics, physics, or computer science, as well as experience of implementing and analysing numerical simulations. As this role involves multi-level modelling of decentralised systems, experience in symbolic analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems is highly desirable. Work on the project will require publication of results and travelling to conferences. Given the interdisciplinary nature of this research project, familiarity with areas of collective behaviour, swarm robotics, information theory, opinion dynamics, and complex networks would be an advantage.

We are one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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Contract Type: Fixed term fixed-term to start as soon as possible with an end date of 12th August 2020 (subject to extension)
Working Pattern: Full-time
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Department: Department of Computer Science
Location Sheffield Robotics, Pam Liversidge Building
Salary: Grade 7, £31,302 to £39,609 per annum
Closing Date: 18th October 2018