Robot Teleoperation

An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD studentship in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), UWE Bristol.  The studentship will be funded by UWE Bristol. The studentship reference is 1920-JAN-FET09.

The expected start date of this studentship is Wednesday 1 January 2020.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 November 2019.

This is a re-advertisement and previous applicants need not apply. 

About the studentship

Robotic teleoperation has recently become a hot topic in the field of robotics. It is increasingly becoming a challenging research line at the crossroad of robotics, control science, AI, etc.  A large number of problems in this area are waiting to be addressed by creative and passionate researchers. With this PhD project, your work will involve researching and developing novel approaches and advance techniques to facilitate the state-of-the-art robotic teleoperation.

You will be directly supervised by Professor Charlie Yang, who is an expert in the field of robotics with extensive academic resources. We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly self-motivated candidate to join our Immersive Teleoperation group at BRL. You should have a strong background in robotics, control, computer science or other relevant fields. You are also expected to be a team player who can collaborate well with other researchers. You should also have the desire to develop your own personal research agenda. This PhD project is expected to yield potentially high impact results in the field of robotic teleoperation.

Your research will take place at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) which is the most comprehensive academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. It is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE) and the University of Bristol (UoB), and home to a vibrant community of over 200 academics, researchers and industry practitioners. BRL can provide an exciting academic environment for you with countless opportunities for scientific collaboration with outstanding research groups.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Professor Charlie Yang at

Funding details

The studentship is available for a period of for a period of three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £15,009 per annum. In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three and a half years (Home/EU rates only).

A successful international applicant will therefore be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates in each year of study. Please see our fees and funding webpage for information.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and ideally will have a Master’s degree in relevant fields. The following skills/research experience are preferred:

  • good programming skills such as C++, Python, MATLAB
  • research experience of robotics (particularly robotic teleoperation).

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted, please use the reference number 1920-JAN-FET09.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application so please have these available when you complete your application.

References: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references before you submit your application.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 November 2019.

Further information

Interviews will take place around 20 November 2019.  If you have not heard from us by that date, then we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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