Research Fellow, COG MHEAR

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
£33,309 - £39,739 (Grade 5) per annum, pro-rata
27 Apr 2022
End of advertisement period
22 May 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Edinburgh Napier University is looking to appoint a full-time, although part-time will also be considered for this role, Research Fellow for the prestigious EPSRC funded Programme Grant: COG-MHEAR, led by Programme Director (PD): Professor Amir Hussain, based in the School of Computing.

COG-MHEAR is a world-leading cross-disciplinary research programme funded under the EPSRC Transformative Healthcare Technologies 2050 Call. It includes academic partners from 6 other UK Universities and a strong User-Group comprising industrial and clinical collaborators, and end-user engagement organisations. The ambitious programme aims to develop the world’s first multi-modal hearing-aid demonstrator by radically exploiting and integrating the transformative potential of privacy-assuring and explainable AI, 5G, IoT and cybersecurity, coupled with flexible (skin-based) electronics.

Further information about the School of Computing can be found here. Additional facts and figures on the University can be found here.

The Role

The role involves taking a leading research role in one or more individual, collaborative project in COG-MHEAR, under the direction of the Programme Director. Flexible, part-time appointments may also be considered.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Programme Director, the post-holder will:

  • Undertake world-leading research in one or more individual, collaborative project in COG-MHEAR, under the direction of the PD, to develop, test and validate a real-time COG-MHEAR prototype demonstrator. Priority research areas for the research fellow include one or more of the following:
    • Real-time audio-visual (AV) speech enhancement, listening effort (cognitive load) and AV speech intelligibility prediction, preferably with a focus on federated/distributed machine learning and optimisation for mobile/Edge based hearing-aid demonstrators.
    • Real-time 5G-enabled AV hearing-aid prototype development, including exploring novel approaches to RF MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) antenna integration and brain-inspired flexible/quantum-electronics based implementations. (This work will involve external stays at the University of Manchester).
    • Embedded system design and high-performance computing with a focus on hardware reconfiguration techniques for full-system-on-chip implementation of brain-inspired computing architectures for real-time AV speech enhancement. (This work will involve external stays at the University of Wolverhampton and University of Edinburgh).
  • Undertake management, supervision and administrative responsibilities associated with research duties
  • Preparation of peer-reviewed publications for high-impact journals, conferences, and dissemination of research results at international and national conferences.
  • Plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with other COG-MHEAR project teams.
  • Participate in external research networks or appropriate events in order to build new relationships, exchange ideas and disseminate findings, including through the development of relationships with researchers, PhD students and COG-MHEAR User-Group members.
  • Regular liaison with other COG-MHEAR project researchers, our collaborating companies, clinicians and end-users in the User-Group to ensure overall programme goals are met
  • Develop and contribute to proposals to secure future research funding.
  • Undertake other activities as appropriate to COG-MHEAR, under the direction of the PD.

Who We Are Looking For

A highly motivated, dynamic, and enthusiastic individual who brings:

  • World-class research experience in machine learning, speech processing, computer vision, hearing-aid signal processing and/or high-performance computing
  • Strong relevant publications record in top journals and conferences
  • A track-record of contributing to funding proposals and making effective independent contributions to collaborative research teams
  • a demonstrated ability to multi-task to meet deadlines, solve real-world problems independently and make original contributions to research
  • Excellent programming and quantitative research and teamworking skills

For a detailed list of the requirements,please read the full role profile here.

Informal inquiries can be made to Prof Hussain (a.hussain@napier.ac.uk)

Benefits We Offer

Salary: £33,309 - £39,739 (Grade 5) per annum, pro-rata

Further information about our benefits can be found here.

Additional Information

Application Closing Date: Sunday 22 May 

Interviews: Monday 16 May, with a start date as soon as possible thereafter.

Edinburgh Napier is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels proud, confident, challenged and supported and are holders of Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Diversity Champion status. Please see here for more information.

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