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Research Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd September 2021
Closes: 18th October 2021
Job Ref: GO28213

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) invites applications for two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work on the RECOG-AI project. RECOG-AI is a two-year DARPA-funded project on the Robust Evaluation of Cognitive Capabilities and Generality in Artificial Intelligence. The project's main objective is to use a cognitive measurement framework to improve evaluation of capabilities in AI systems. The work will be drawing from multiple disciplines, but primarily from computer science, and animal and human psychology. The appointment will be for 21 months in the first instance, and is based in Cambridge. There are two postdoctoral positions available. 

The Leverhulme funded CFI is a highly interdisciplinary AI research centre based at the University of Cambridge, with partners at Oxford, Imperial, and Berkeley, and close links with industry and policymakers. These posts are within the centre's Kinds of Intelligence program. Candidates should have (or shortly achieve) a PhD in a relevant field and should provide evidence of potential for outstanding research and publication. The appointee will also play an important role in the project's interdisciplinary activities (e.g. workshops). 

In this highly interdisciplinary project, we are seeking a combination of skills in the team. The following will be an advantage (independently / in combination) but we don't expect any given candidate to have experience in all fields. 

 - Background in Psychology - particularly comparative/developmental/psychometrics: Our evaluation framework will be firmly grounded in cognitive science, combining the carefully controlled experimental methodologies from comparative cognition with the measurement layout evaluation structure of psychometrics.

 - Expertise in AI, and particularly in areas of machine learning such as (deep) reinforcement, multimodal models, causal models, etc. This project centres around the robust assessment of AI systems. Thus experience and expertise in AI and/or AI evaluation would be an advantage

 - Experience with Coding/Game Development, particularly in Unity: Much of this project will be working with the AnimalAI platform ( to create new tests, functionalities and environments. 

More information can be found in the Further Particulars, and at  

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Please upload a CV, Covering Letter and the contact details of two referees. For further information on how to apply, please see the Further Particular document below. 

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST), on Monday 18th October 2021. Interviews are expected to take place during the week commencing 25th October 2021, subject to confirmation. 

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Molly Carrick at For any questions about the role and the project, please contact Dr Lucy Cheke on or Dr Matt Crosby at Please quote reference GO28213 on all correspondence about this vacancy. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. 

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