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Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) at the University of Cambridge invites applications for a 0.4 FT (14.8 hours per week) Research Assistant to the "Kinds of Intelligence" project Animal-AI. It is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to support and maintain the national and international reputation for excellence in research of the CFI.

CFI is a highly interdisciplinary research centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, CFI is based at the University of Cambridge, with partners in the University of Oxford, Imperial College, and UC Berkeley. The Centre also has close links with industry, policymakers, and many academic disciplines.

This Research Assistant post is within the Kinds of Intelligence program, based in central Cambridge (current Government Guidelines regarding home/remote working are being followed). The Animal-AI Project, led by Dr Matthew Crosby and Dr Lucy Cheke, uses the Unity platform to create cognitive tasks based on research in Animal Cognition. These are then used to assess and explore the cognitive capacities of AI agents, with the aim of developing new benchmarks within machine intelligence. The team ran the "Animal-AI Olympics" competition in 2019, and are now in the process of upgrading the environment and test bed for the next generation of cognitive tests. The new Animal-AI will support all the arenas used in the old version, but also add a host of new features to allow it to incorporate more cognitive tasks. One particular goal is to release a version of the environment that is more user friendly for use outside of the machine learning community.

The role will involve using Unity, along with ML-Agents, to expand and improve the Animal-AI environment. Experience working with Unity is thus essential. An ideal applicant would also have interest and experience with developing AI systems for complex problem solving. However, we will prioritise applicants with experience and interest in game development, particularly with a portfolio of game development within Unity.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy you can contact Dr Matt Crosby on, or about the application process, please contact Molly Carrick, HR Coordinator on

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 3 March 2021. We expect to hold interviews (online due to COVID-related travel restrictions) with shortlisted candidates in the week commencing 15th March 2021 subject to change.

Please quote reference GO25680 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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