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Research Fellow in Machine Learning (Leverhulme Trust Project)

UCL - Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £37,873 to £38,898 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th September 2022
Closes: 9th November 2022
Job Ref: 1887595

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

As part of our work in Machine Learning, the UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering invites applications for one (1) postdoctoral research position in Machine Learning associated with a Leverhulme Trust Research Project on “Liability for Autonomous Decisions Systems”. The research project addresses two issues: (1) It aims to develop new technical instruments to diagnose the quality of machine learning (ML) decisions, identify its failures, and identify root causes of such failures (2) It also aims to build on these instruments to formulate robust legal principles attaching liability to different actors involved in the production/operation of faulty ML systems. This research is also supported by a team of scientists working at the intersection of technology and law. We are looking for a talented postdoctoral researcher to join our team to help us fulfil the project’s goals. The work will involve the development of new mathematical, statistical, and machine learning based tools to diagnose the quality of machine learning decisions, identify its failures, and identify root causes of such failures. The successful candidate will work within an established research team led by Prof. Miguel Rodrigues. The post is available from January 2023 and funded for 24 months in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available.

Applicants should have a PhD (or about to submit) in a relevant subject area, or similar experience demonstrated via publications in international journals/conferences or patents. Experience of working with machine learning and statistical tools and techniques is essential, in addition to knowledge of statistical theory, machine learning theory, and/or information theory & processing. Knowledge of machine learning technology, engineering, and operations is desirable. If the successful candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, appointment will be made as a Research Assistant (Grade 6B). Payment at Grade 7 will be backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections, once the PhD has been awarded. The salary scale for Research Assistant (Grade 6B), point 24-26 is £33,184 - £34,976 per annum.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply’ button above. Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about  the post to Professor Miguel Rodrigues m.rodrigues@ucl.ac.uk. Any queries regrading the application process can be sent to Rebecca Thomas at becca.thomas@ucl.ac.uk.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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