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Research Associate in Al for Radio Astronomy
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-15241

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/03/2020

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Starting as soon as possible until 30 September 2024

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in AI for Radio Astronomy, funded by an Alan Turing Institute AI Fellowship. This post is available immediately up until an end date of 30 Sept 2024. 

The post will be held at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) at the University of Manchester, and will work on the development of AI approaches to image-based object classification for large-scale radio surveys in the key science areas of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. In particular the post will focus on the use of Bayesian Convolutional Neural Networks and their application to radio astronomy data, including their sensitivity to rare objects, their use in minimising training data and implementing active learning approaches, as well as the development of application specific model selection. 

You will work with Prof Anna Scaife and her research group, and will be expected to interact with the wider international SKA community, including staff at the SKA Organisation in order to develop the SKA processing and post-processing systems. 

You should have a PhD or equivalent (by the start date) in Astrophysics or Computer Science. Strong programming skills and demonstrated previous experience in machine learning are required. You should also be well-organised and self-motivated with excellent oral and communication skills. A good publication record in internationally peer-reviewed journals is of strong benefit.

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

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: Prof Anna Scaife

General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004

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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