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Research Associate in NLP Robustness

London (Greater) (GB)
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19 Mar 2024

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The Department of Informatics is looking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the EPSRC project "A framework for evaluating and explaining the robustness of NLP models" led by Dr Oana Cocarascu at King's College London, starting in June 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The project focuses on developing approaches to evaluate the robustness of NLP models, in particular for argument mining and fact verification in various modalities, and to generate explanations for robustness failures.

The successful candidate will be responsible for researching and delivering novel methods to evaluate the robustness of NLP models for argument mining and fact verification as well as novel algorithms for robustness explanations. The RA will also be expected to collaborate with our industrial partners and submit publications to top-tier conferences and journals in NLP and AI.

Candidates will have completed a PhD (or be close to completion) in a relevant field such as Natural Language Processing or Artificial Intelligence, and be able to demonstrate a strong track record of independent research and high-quality publications. Essential skills include excellent Python programming, NLP techniques, ability to work with others and organise own work, and proven communication skills.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a maximum of 27 months, or until the end of the grant on 30 November 2026 depending on start date.

This is a full-time post.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

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