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Research Assistant / Research Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Fixed Term positions exist for two Research Assistants/Associates working in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMPT) and the Department of Physics, connected to the Accelerate Programme for Scientific Discovery.

The Accelerate Programme for Scientific Discovery is a high-profile Cambridge University initiative promoting the use of machine learning to tackle major scientific challenges. Working across disciplines within the University, Accelerate is advancing research at the interface of AI and science, providing training in data science for science, and building a community of research and practice.

We are inviting applications for Research Assistants/Associates to join Accelerate. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about advancing science through machine learning and about helping other researchers do the same. Successful candidates will be responsible for developing research projects and contributing to the Programme's community-building activities.

These posts will be based in either DAMTP or the Department of Physics, with candidates working with the following supervisors: - With Professor Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb (DAMTP), working on inverse problems and image analysis for scientific research challenges. - With Dr Sarah Teichmann FMedSci FRS (Physics), working on the application of machine learning methods to biological datasets.

The roles are offered on a fixed term basis for two years. We strongly encourage candidates to review the Supervisor profile pages and their associated research group to learn more about current research projects and opportunities. The successful applicants will be expected to have: - A PhD in a relevant specialist subject; - Research experience in a relevant discipline, demonstrating sufficient specialist knowledge and methods to work within established research programmes; - Experience of working in interdisciplinary environments and strong motivation to apply AI for scientific discovery; - Organisational skills and the ability to manage their own workload; - Communication skills and the ability to communicate research clearly to diverse stakeholders; - Relationship-building skills and the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.

Details are provided in the attached Further Particulars document. Salary Range: Research Assistant (Grade 5) £27,929 to £32,348. Research Associate (Grade 7) £34,308 to £42,155.

Please ensure that you upload the following in the upload section of the online application: - A CV and publications list; - A covering letter outlining how your experience relates to this post's core skills (please state clearly, your preferred department and supervisor, to work with); - 2 page research proposal; - Names of two referees.

If you upload any documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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