Research Associate: How to (re)represent it?

University of Cambridge - Department of Computer Science and Technology

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2019.

The University of Cambridge is looking to appoint an enthusiastic researcher to join this project concerned with exploring and computationally modelling how people choose and use representations for problems that they are solving. The project is entitled "How to (re)represent it?" and is led by Dr Mateja Jamnik. It runs jointly with Prof Peter Cheng at the University of Sussex. This EPSRC funded project is part of the EPSRC new and emerging area in ICT on Human-like Computing and AI.

The aim of this project is to identify and study how humans represent information that they want to work with and from which they will obtain new knowledge. We want to model in computational systems the inherently human ability to choose or change appropriate representations, and make machines do the same. See Further Information for full project proposal details and role summary.

The ideal candidate for this position should:

  • Have a strong background in several of: diagrammatic reasoning, theorem proving, logic, ontology engineering, mathematics, artificial intelligence;
  • Have experience in designing formal logical representations, and implementing and evaluating reasoning systems;
  • Have a PhD in Computer Science or Engineering (or be very close to submitting their PhD) and have a strong publication record;
  • Have good communication and team working skills to collaborate with cognitive scientists;
  • Be prepared to travel frequently between the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex for group meetings for which overnight trips are envisaged (funded by the grant).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Mateja Jamnik: (

Start date: 1 April 2018.

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 12th February 2018. Interviews will take place shortly after either in person or by telephone.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure you upload your curriculum vitae; a statement of the particular contribution you would like to make to the project (maximum 500 words); a description (max 1 page of A4) of the research project you are most proud of and your contribution to it; a transcript of your university grades; and a cover letter with details of your visa status and earliest possible starting date. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR14483 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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