Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed Term)

University of Nottingham - Computer Science

Location: Jubilee Campus
Salary: £26,052 to £38,183 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29301 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

An outstanding candidate is required join the School of Computer Science to develop novel interaction devices to deliver interventions for mental health, in particular virtual human and other machine intelligent interaction devices with a payload of algorithms to detect depression and anxiety from audio-visual cues.

You will be expected to do original research in face and voice analysis insofar as this relates to human behaviour that is modified by underlying medical conditions. In addition, you will be expected to design, develop, and deploy novel interaction devices, in collaboration with stakeholders as well as researchers from other disciplines.

In your role, you will work as part of a wider team of research fellows, PhD students, and academic staff, both those working on the Biomedical Research Centre within the School of Computer Science as well as in the wider university. You will be expected to manage these projects in a relatively independent manner and meet with your line manager (Dr Valstar) periodically to discuss progress and new ideas. The Biomedical Research Centre is a £23M, 5-year project spanning 5 themes. This role is for the theme of mental health.

The successful candidate will work within the School’s Mixed Reality Laboratory, building on Nottingham’s strong track record in human computer interaction as well as computer vision and machine learning for automatic human behaviour understanding and face analysis.

Applications are invited from highly skilled researchers with a strong background in Computer Vision, Image Analysis, and Networks and Systems. Strong software engineering skills are required, as well as evidenced experience of working with customised computer hardware. Experience of working in a multidisciplinary environment of computer scientists and health is an advantage.

Applicants must hold or have a PhD (or equivalent) near completion in Computer Vision, Image Analysis or a closely related discipline. They should have experience with running user-interaction studies. They should be able to work both independently and collaboratively and be able to meet tight deadlines. Good communication skills, allowing effective work within distributed, multidisciplinary teams, are crucial. Candidates will be expected to disseminate research results in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

This full time post is available from as soon as possible and will be offered on a fixed-term contract of 24 months.

Enquiries about this post may be addressed to Dr Michel Valstar (, Tel: 0115 8466510). Please note that any applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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