University of Bath

University of Bath

Research Associate in Human Centred Design (FM11649)

Job title Research Associate in Human Centred Design

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £37,099, rising to £44,263

Grade Grade 7

Contract Type Full Time, Fixed Term

Placed on Tuesday 30 April 2024

Closing date Tuesday 28 May 2024

Interview date To be confirmed

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About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the University of Bath as a Research Associate on a new 3-year European funded project, entitled ‘Fluently'. This is a multinational project with 21 academic and industrial partners across mainland Europe. Fluently will explore and develop novel solutions to enable collaborative working between robots and humans within different production scenarios. Please see the following link for a detailed overview of the project: https: //

You will be working with existing researchers in Bath and a team of EU partners. The position will require some travel to mainland Europe to collaborate on research with both industrial and academic partners. You will be working on a day-to-day basis with academic staff, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, based at the University of Bath. The core focus will be on human-centred design and human data modelling to support development of the training programme within the context of human-robot collaborations in different production scenarios.

This role is full time starting ASAP with an expected fixed term end date of 31st May 2025.

As a member of Research Staff at the University of Bath, you will be encouraged to take up a minimum of 10 days professional development pro rata per year.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Vimal Dhokia (PI) at [email protected] or Dr Elies Dekoninck (CI) at [email protected]. Please ensure you submit your application through our website.

About you

This role will suit you if you:

  • hold a PhD degree in a subject area of direct relevance for the project (human centred design, training programme development, digital manufacturing, computer science, data science, data modelling)
  • have previous experience of one or more of the following: human centred design, information and data modelling, ontologies and information standards applied to design and manufacturing applications
  • are self-motivated and possess project management and technical communication skills
  • have some experience of computer programming languages used for robotics research (e.g. C++/ Python etc)
  • have some knowledge of semantic mapping, ontology related software (e.g. Protégé)
  • About us

    What we can offer you:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.
  • Find out more about our benefits.

    We consider ourselves to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

    Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

    Further details:
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  • We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

    Job details


    Research Associate in Human Centred Design (FM11649)


    University of Bath


    United Kingdom


    May 01, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 28, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    Situated in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, University of Bath is a public university that received its royal charter in 1966. The University of Bath has been consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK and is known for its expertise in research and teaching. In 2004, the university launched the SET squared Partnership with the universities of Bristol, Southampton, and Surrey. This is the largest partnership ever, comprises of a combined staff of 6,400 researchers, and has a research budget of £266 million.

    The university is known for its four faculties: management, science, humanities and social science, and engineering and design. The university has been recognized for its excellence in research facilities and according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 87 percent of the university's research has been defined as world-leading. Notably, the university's research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people won a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. The university's research grants and contracts portfolio is worth around £150 million.

    The university constantly finishes at the top of student satisfaction rankings and excelling in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology. It was also awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Because of its high-quality teaching, Bath's graduates are highly sought after by the UK's top employers.

    In 2004, Bath University invested in creating a sports training village, which has emerged as one of the best training centers for athletes in Europe. In 2013, the University became a founder member of GW4, an alliance of universities sharing intellectual and physical resources. Also, in the same year, the university opened a block of 75 flats for students living on campus. In 2012, the university began a three-year campus improvement project to improvise and expand student accommodation, teaching space, and a £10million arts centre. The university has invested over £450 million on its campus over the last decade.

    In 2015, the university inaugurated a specialized area for arts, education, and events. The University of Bath has a well-built infrastructure with all the essential facilities and amenities a student will require. The university gives equal focus on sports and offers one of the best sports facilities in the UK. The university-based athletes won six medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Almost one-fourth of the students enrolled are from outside the UK, so, the university offers a perfect internationally diverse experience. Airbus, World Bank, Nike, Ford, and Rolls Royce are some of the industry leaders, which collaborate with the university.

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