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WMG - Research Fellow in User Evaluation of Autonomous Vehicles

Industry Sector:
Manufacturing, Mechanical, Research & Development
West Midlands

Research Fellow in User Evaluation of Autonomous Vehicles
£29,799 - £38,833 per annum
Fixed Term Contract until 31 May 2018

Whilst this role is available on a full time basis, we also have the flexibility on this project to consider applications from those wishing to work on a part-time basis, and would strongly encourage you to apply highlighting your preference.

WMG, at the University of Warwick, is looking to recruit an enthusiastic researcher with experience in the area of user evaluations (which includes human behavioural testing, practical experimentation and/or Human Factors) for an exciting project involving autonomous vehicles. You will be working as part of WMG’s Experiential Engineering and Intelligent Vehicles research groups – which has a rapidly expanding portfolio of autonomous vehicles projects, world-leading facilities and established research team. You will possess (or be near to completion of) a PhD in a relevant area.

You will be working as part of a team of researchers at WMG and JLR as part of a wider collaborative project testing driverless vehicles on UK roads. The project is funded by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) via their contribution to the UK Autodrive driverless car trials. As part of this flagship, multi-partner project, JLR’s responsibilities include the development of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) strategies and lead the real-world trials of these technologies in low-speed autonomous vehicles, or Pods. This position is to assist JLR with the development and evaluation of these HMI through a series of user trials. These user trials are planned to include evaluating virtual prototypes, physical prototypes and initial concepts using WMG’s unique 3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles, as well as test track facilities (Gaydon), Urban Development Lab (Coventry) and UK Autodrive test sites (Milton Keynes or Coventry). A willingness to travel to these sites (costs covered by project) is an essential part of the project.

You can view the full job description here.

WMG was founded by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya in 1980 to help reinvigorate UK manufacturing. From its inception, WMG’s mission has been to improve the competitiveness of organisations through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies, and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice. Today we are one of the world’s leading research and education groups, with over 500 people working across six buildings on the Warwick campus plus collaborative centres in seven countries. 

An academic department of the University of Warwick, we are at the forefront of innovative technology, leading major multi-partner projects to create and develop exciting new processes, products, and services that can lead to major breakthroughs and be of huge benefit to organisations, both in the UK and globally. These projects have seen us impact a wide range of sectors including automotive, aerospace and defence, digital, construction, energy and utilities, finance, food and drink, healthcare, IT, pharmaceutical and rail.

We are a leading centre for world class management studies, offering unrivalled innovative postgraduate and professional education programmes that meet business and industry needs. Each year we attract high calibre students and executives.

A cornerstone of our strategic vision is our Outstanding People goal and we are fully committed to providing continuing professional development and attracting/ retaining staff of the highest calibre.  Many of our research and teaching staff have significant industrial/ business experience and come from a wide range of disciplines including materials science, chemistry, economics, computer science, engineering, design, physics and management studies.

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