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Research Software Engineer / Research Fellow in AI/ML

Southampton, United Kingdom
£34,980 to £39,347
Closing date
14 May 2024

Astronomy Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,980 to £39,347
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Tuesday 14 May 2024
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2695624WF

The Astronomy Group of the University of Southampton's Department of Physics & Astronomy is inviting applications for a Research Software Engineer or for a Research Fellow with AI/ML background. This role is central to an STFC IAA funded project aimed at enhancing medical diagnostics through the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In this capacity, you will lead the development of algorithms to improve the accuracy and efficiency of medical image analysis, contributing significantly to the creation of innovative diagnostic solutions.

We are looking for candidates with a strong background in computer science or a related field, who have demonstrated expertise in Python and a solid history of working with ML/AI technologies, especially in image processing. A PhD is preferred, but we also highly value practical experience and a portfolio of relevant projects.

This position offers the chance to apply your technical skills to impactful medical research, providing a unique opportunity to contribute to the advancement of healthcare diagnostics.

The position is available from 1st May 2024 on a full time basis but flexible working will be considered. The post is for 9 months but can be extended depending on performance and  funding availability. 

The Southampton Astro-group provides a stimulating and collegial environment with many opportunities to collaborate with other group members. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Physics and Astronomy. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population, and in recognition we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2018 and the Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion status in 2019. Physics and Astronomy gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly, including part-time, and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy**, and onsite childcare facilities. For further information please visit

Applications should consist of a cover letter and a CV. Please upload all documents as one pdf file. Moreover, the contact details of two referees must be provided on the application.

Informal inquiries are particularly welcome. Please contact Prof. Diego Altamirano ( and Dr. Mehtap Ozbey Arabaci ( 

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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