Research Associate in the Department of Informatics

London (Greater) (GB)
19 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate in the Department of Informatics

Job ID: 016046

Salary: £38,304 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Posted: 11-Feb-2021

Closing date: 28-Feb-2021

Business unit: Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department: Informatics

Contact details: Dr Hana Chockler, 

Strand Campus   Research    

Job description
This project is part of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) programme, funded through the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund and delivered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The TAS programme brings together research communities and key stakeholders to drive forward cross-disciplinary, fundamental research to ensure that autonomous systems are safe, reliable, resilient, ethical and trusted.

This post is specifically associated with the UKRI Research Node on TAS Governance and Regulation, led by Prof Subramanian Ramamoorthy from the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. The post holder will be supervised by Dr. Hana Chockler and also work closely with the project PI Prof. Subramanian Ramamoorthy and with Dr. Ajitha Rajan and Dr. Vaishak Belle (from the School of Informatics, University of Edunburgh).

This Research Node is a collaboration with academics from the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, King's College London, University of Nottingham, and the University of Sussex. The researchers will also work closely with a diverse group of external project partners. The Node takes a multidisciplinary approach to its work, bringing together researchers with backgrounds in Computer Science and AI, Law, AI ethics, Social Studies of Information Technology and Design Ethnography.

The diverse team offers a uniquely holistic perspective that combines technical, social science and humanities research to guarantee that autonomous systems can be trusted and integrated into society with confidence.

This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract for 24 months.

Key responsibilities

  • Fundamental as well as deliverable-driven research in a collaborative team environment
  • Occasional travel to partner sites and project meetings
  • Leading the writing and submission process associated with papers at the leading international conferences and journals
  • Attending international conferences to present results and
  • Regularly reporting progress to the granting agency (EPSRC).

The research will be carried out in the Department of Informatics, King's College London under the supervision of Dr Hana Chockler.

In general, the work associated with the post are to support the Supervisor/Principal Investigator of a specific project in achieving the goals of the project, under his/her direction.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience
Essential criteria 

  • PhD (or near completion) in Artificial Intelligence, Logic, Software Engineering, Formal Verification, or a closely related field
  • Publications in the top conferences in the field
  • Excellent proven programming skills in Python and Java/C++ or equivalent
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to meet deadlines, effective communication and technical writing skills
  • Experience with causal reasoning and logical representations
  • Some familiarity with probabilistic graphical modelling

Desirable criteria

  • First Class degree in computer science, engineering or similarly quantitative field
  • Knowledge in data science, specifically time series
  • Knowledge of Machine Learning concepts
  • Experience with multi-disciplinary projects

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

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