University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Robotics Design Engineer

Robotics Design Engineer

Oxford Robotics Institute, central Oxford

We are seeking a full-time Robotics Design Engineer to join our team at Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI), an independent institute within the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is fixed-term to Jan 31st, 2026 in the first instance.

A recent winner of The Queen's Anniversary Prize for innovation in autonomous robotic technologies, the ORI is a diverse and collaborative community composed of researchers, engineers, and students all united in our drive to transform what robots can do for us. Our current interests are diverse – from flying to grasping, from inspection to running, from haptics to driving, from exploring to planning. We are the only group in the UK that specialises in large-scale mobile autonomy - both indoors and outdoors. We validate our thinking and challenge ourselves by deploying robotic systems in real application environments.

As the successful candidate, you will have a background in developing bespoke electro-mechanical hardware and be comfortable working with software such as Linux, ROS, Python etc. You will be part of a diverse team who are responsible for designing building, programming, testing, and maintaining a large fleet of robots and systems.

The scope of the role spans the entire concept-to-deployment process. You will get to work on projects such as developing long term autonomy, quadrupeds exploring underground tunnels, to navigating in extreme weather using RADAR. As part of the engineering team, you will have the opportunity to provide hardware support during field trials; working with on-site teams to oversee robotic platforms from both a technical and health and safety standpoint. For more information about the ORI, please see:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Chris Prahacs (email: [email protected])

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. For more information about working at the Department, please see: www.

Only applications received before midday on 28th May 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, (describing how past experience fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Contact Person : Chris Prahacs Vacancy ID : 172931 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 28-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum

Job details


Robotics Design Engineer


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 16, 2024

Application deadline

May 28, 2024

Job type



Computer Science,Engineering

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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