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Research and Innovation Associate/Fellow - Assuring Autonomy

University of York - Department of Computer Science

Location: York
Salary: £36,024 to £54,395 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th December 2023
Closes: 2nd January 2024
Job Ref: 12894

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The successful applicant(s) will join a new Centre in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York. The Centre will build on the work of the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) which pioneered approaches to assuring autonomous systems and their machine learning (ML) components. The approaches developed by the AAIP are already being applied in industry and influencing standards and regulations and this post will give you the opportunity both to accelerate take-up of these ideas, and to further them, e.g. to explore how assurance of ML can be sustained through life as applications evolve. The Centre will contribute to the assurance pillar for the Institute for Safe Autonomy (ISA) and the successful applicants will be based in ISA.

Roles

Ever at the forefront of system safety research, York is now pioneering safety of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) including their roles in supporting autonomous systems and robotics. We are inviting applications for four posts whose remit is both to conduct research and stimulate the uptake of research in industry. Two posts are at Grade 7, and two at Grade 6; the key differences in responsibilities are:

  • Grade 7: Research and Innovation Fellow – leading engagement with industry, regulators and policy-makers, planning and managing research projects and seeking external funding to foster innovation and research impact.

  • Grade 6: Research and Innovation Associate – work with colleagues to foster and sustain partnerships with external stakeholders, to facilitate uptake of research and to inform the research agenda.

The four posts will help to capitalise on York’s long history in safety of computer-controlled systems and on recent investment amounting to over £30M – the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) focusing on safety assurance of robotics and autonomous systems, Lifelong Safety Assurance of AI-enables Autonomous Systems (SAINTS) a Centre for Doctoral Training focused on AI Safety, and the Institute for Safe Autonomy (ISA) which provides extensive lab facilities to support research and engagement with industry and regulators.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

Grade 6

  • PhD, or in final stages thereof, in safety, robotics, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence or a related discipline, eg human factors, machine learning or applied ethics or equivalent experience
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience both within and outside academia, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Evidence of engagement, or willingness to engage, outside academia, e.g. with industry, regulators, general public or policy makers 

Grade 7

All of the above and in addition:

  • Track record in safety, robotics and autonomous systems, or a related discipline, e.g. human factors, machine learning or applied ethics, to engage in high quality research and innovation
  • A demonstrable understanding of the relevance, and application of your work to challenges faced by external partners
  • Ability to lead projects 

Interview date: week commencing 22nd January 2024

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor John McDermid - john.mcdermid@york.ac.uk

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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