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Research Assistant in Machine Learning and Human Vision

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years.

A Research Assistant position is available from October 2017 to work on "Machine Learning for modeling Human Vision". It is expected that a suitable candidate would also apply to the PhD program in the Computer Laboratory during their employment. The project aims to create applied models of the human visual system that can be used to improve image quality and rendering speed for graphics and image processing problems. The secondary goal of the project is to explore how machine learning can help in modeling various aspects of the human visual system. A successful candidate is expected to work with human visual perception data, create models predicting such data but also create a new methods to efficiently collect new data.

Essential requirements: Candidates should have a 1st class degree in computer science, electronic engineering, mathematics or a closely related discipline, with experience and interest in one of the following areas: Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Vision, Human Vision, Computer Graphics and Image Processing. Very good programming skills are required.

Candidates need to meet all prerequisites for admission to the PhD in Computer Science (please refer to: The application must include a research proposal that is aligned with the topic of the project and presents the candidate's approach to the problem. Please refer to for the details on the format of the research proposal.

Desirable skills: It is desirable that a candidate has expertise in machine learning methods. If a candidate has a track record of publications, it should be included in the application as a link to Google Scholar or ORCID profile.

This position is funded through the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. The candidate is expected to register as a full-time PhD student at the University and study for the degree. However, the position also has the benefits of becoming an employee of the University. The successful candidate will be eligible to pay staff rate tuition fees for the PhD, which for 2017-18 will be £2,619 per annum for three years. The position is open to both UK/EU and non-EU applicants.

In the Faculty of Computer Science and Technology, all first-year research students are admitted on a probationary basis, and will be registered for the Certificate of Postgraduate Studies in Computer Science. Funding in the second and subsequent years will be conditional upon successful completion of the first and second years' progress reviews and registration for the PhD Degree.

Applicants should contact Dr Rafal Mantiuk ( for further information.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter, and a research proposal. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR11628 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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