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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th May 2019
Closes: 20th June 2019
Job Ref: 80780

School of Computer Science

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 24 months

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

A Research Fellow is sought to work on the project “Topological Hierarchies in Complex Image Data”, a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the Alan Turing Institute (ATI), the UKs national institute for AI and data science.

Working within the School of Computer Science in Birmingham, the successful applicant will develop new mathematical and computational approaches to understanding complex images, using ideas drawn from compositional models in computer vision and computational topology to develop new ways to learn the underlying latent structure of an image. The main application areas will be in the biological sciences, and the project will benefit from access to data from some of the most advanced imaging instruments available through the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE) and other collaborations, including state-of-the-art super-resolution microscopy and advanced mass spectrometry imaging techniques. The project will also benefit from access to the UK’s largest IBM PowerAI cluster in Birmingham, and Microsoft Azure cloud services through ATI.

Main duties will include:

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc

The successful applicant will have a strong first degree in a numerate discipline and have completed (or be about to complete) a PhD in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related fields. They will have strong analytical and programming skills and be able to communicate complex ideas with clarity in multidisciplinary environments.

The University of Birmingham is a leading global university and a founding Russell Group member. Our main campus is located not far from the vibrant multicultural city of Birmingham and its international airport. We proudly promote diversity.

Please contact Dr Iain Styles ( with informal enquiries.

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 80780 in all enquiries.

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