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Research Associate in Machine Learning (two posts available)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-020743

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/01/2023

Salary: £34,308-£42,155 per annum depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Computer Science

Hours Per Week: Full time

Contract Duration: From as soon as possible for 36 months

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

Applicants are invited for the post of a Research Associate in probabilistic machine learning applied to cancer research.

You will join a team of probabilistic modelling and machine learning researchers developing new principles and models for AI-assistants in cancer, which are able to help domain experts  even when the goals are only partially known, such as in the beginning of scientific research.  This will require expertise on multiple topics; you are expected to have experience in one or more of these and be interested in working with experts on the others. Keywords include advanced user modelling, automatic experimental design, Bayesian inference, human-in-the-loop learning, machine teaching, privacy-preserving learning, reinforcement learning and inverse reinforcement learning, and simulator-based inference. Initial applications will include decision making in personalized medicine, steering experimental design in cancer clinical trials, and design of digital twins for decision making in oncology. Prior experience in working in the biomedical domain is a plus.

The team is part of a new initiative between the Centre for AI Fundamentals being established at the University of Manchester and the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC). You will have excellent opportunities for working with top-notch collaborators on both machine learning and oncology research, targeting to deliver benefits to patients.

The MCRC is a unique partnership founded in 2006 by The University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. Since its creation, the MCRC partnership has expanded to encompass cancer research activities across Manchester, driving a consistent, compatible and integrated cancer research strategy with the ultimate aim of creating a future free from the burden of cancer.

As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI)

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Bronze Award for their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a god work-life balance. We positively welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here​​​​​​​

Blended working arrangements may be considered             

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.​​​​​​​

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Samuel Kaski, Dr Andre Freitas

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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