AI Research Placement For PGRs

As featured in DC News, 18 October 2022, this is placement is available through the Locus-UoS Placement Stream. Opportunities available through this scheme are only open to University of Surrey postgraduate researchers – those undertaking a doctorate. The aim of the scheme is to fund opportunities for postgraduate researchers to create connections between academia and industry. If you’re interested in this opportunity, scroll down for more details.

Organisation: Reliable Data Systems International Ltd

Role: AI Research Engineer

Business Sector: Technology & Telecoms

No of Employees: 1-10


Company Overview: RDS International is a pioneer in developing advanced train positioning technology for the rail industry. It uses real time machine vision from forward facing cameras in train cabs.

Key Duties/tasks: To utilize bespoke railway industry imagery, along with existing localisation technology, to develop novel strategies for localisation of trains in the railway industry. Special consideration will be given to technologies that are efficient, simple to deploy and can run on embedded hardware.

Knowledge & Skills required: AI for Navigation, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Real-Time Robotics Experience, ROS (Robotic Operating System), Hardware deployment of AI systems.

Skills post graduate researcher will have an opportunity to develop: The PGR will develop real-world expertise in deploying their AI research into embedded hardware in a commercially viable solution. The student will develop their real-time systems experience, as well as their Robotics, AI and Computer Vision skills applied to a specific industry. The student will also develop fundamental projective geometry.

Dates of placement: Ideally Nov start

Duration of opportunity: 3 months

Hours per week: 10-20 hours per week depending on PGR availability

Location: Virtual

IT requirements: Laptop/Computer, WiFi connection

Deadline for applications: 30th October 2022


• Apply for this opportunity by:

Completing the PGR Locus Expression of Interest Form


o Sending your CV and covering letter, addressed to Richard Shenton, Managing Director, to Applications will be forwarded on once the opportunity has closed.

• If you would like an informal chat about the role and to learn more about the work of the organisation before submitting your application, contact for Richard Shenton’s email address.

• If you would like 1:1 support with your CV or preparing for interview, please book an appointment with a Careers Consultant via this link or by emailing

Please ensure you have your supervisor’s agreement for undertaking a placement prior to applying.

Successful candidates receive £10.61 per hour whilst on placement. Preference will be given to those PGRs who are not in receipt of UKRI funding.