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Research Associate in Machine Learning (3 positions available)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017239

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/11/2021

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum (depending on experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Computer Science

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: starting 1 October 2021 for 2 years with an option of extension

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

Applicants are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Research Associate in probabilistic machine learning.

You will join a team of probabilistic modelling and machine learning researchers developing new principles for AI-assistants, which are able to help their users 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 of 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 drug design and synthetic biology, and design of digital twins and decision making with them. Prior experience on the application domains is a plus but not required.

The team is funded by an UKRI AI World-Learning Researcher Fellowship, and will be based in a new centre for Fundamental AI Research being established at the University of Manchester. You will have excellent opportunities for working with top-notch collaborators on use cases in application fields in the University of Manchester and industry, and machine learning collaborators at The Turing Institute and ELLIS.

More information about these Fellowships in general, and this grant specifically:

Manchester has a long and distinguished track record in the research and teaching of core Computer Science, and across interfaces to adjacent disciplines. Founded upon the pioneering work of Williams, Kilburn and Turing, the School was the first academic Department of Computer Science in the UK and one of the first to run an undergraduate programme. The research strength of the school is reflected in consistently strong returns in UK research assessment exercises (5* in RAE 2000, 2nd in Research Power in RAE 2008, 4th in overall GPA in REF 2014 and ranked equal 1st for research environment).

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:

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


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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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