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2 x Professor / Reader of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

University of Surrey
Country of Position: 
United Kingdom
Contact Name: 
Dr Mark Manulis
Subject Area: 
Applies to General Signal Processing
Signal Processing Theory and Methods
Machine Learning for Signal Processing
Computational Imaging
Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing
Image, Video and Multidimensional Signal Processing
Start Date: 
August 20, 2021
Expiration Date: 
September 16, 2021
Position Description: 

2 x Professor / Reader of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Department of Computer Science
University of Surrey
Guildford, UK


The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey seeks to recruit two research leaders with an international profile and an outstanding research and publication track record to lead a substantial and sustained portfolio of research in any of the following areas within Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI):

  • Trustworthy AI (explainable, secure and privacy preserving machine learning)
  • Deep learning for natural language processing
  • Computational neuroscience and machine learning
  • Distributed machine learning and optimization
  • AI planning and optimal control

The Department of Computer Science has a world-class reputation in these areas and regularly publishes at top-level conferences and journals. The Department is home to the Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering (NICE) group. The group has 10 academics and holds world-leading expertise in evolutionary computation, computational neuroscience, autonomous and self-organising systems, reinforcement learning, Bayesian learning, privacy-preserving machine learning, explainable AI, computer vision, and image and natural language processing. The research group maintains close links with leading industries, the public sector, and governmental bodies, leading to a strong heritage of real-world impact.

The NICE group is a key partner in the new Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI, a major strategic investment bringing together world-leading expertise in fundamental AI theory with cross-university domain expertise to realise and shape AI impact for public good. It is expected that the postholders will play a leading role in this new Institute.

Each successful candidate will have proven success in leading multi-Faculty research proposals and securing funding through collaborative group bids. One postholder will also be considered for the strategic leadership role of the Head of the NICE group. Each postholder will also take an active role in training the ML scientists of the future by leading teaching activities at both undergraduate and postgraduate level within the University’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.

These are full-time and permanent positions. The postholders will benefit from a dynamic working environment on a leafy campus close to London, with access to world-class leisure facilities nearby. The role brings a substantial salary and generous relocation package, as well as a variety of academic and professional development opportunities.

The qualifications required and job specification is detailed in the job profile. In addition to completing the online application form, please submit:

  • A two-page supporting statement on your future research and research leadership plans
  • Your CV
  • A list of your publications and externally funded research projects (if not included in your CV)

Interviews will be held remotely in September. Positions are available for immediate appointment and the candidates will be expected to start as early as possible after that and no later than March / April 2022.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and the Department is proud of its friendly and inclusive culture. The University and the Department specifically are committed to building a culturally diverse organisation. Applications are strongly encouraged from female and minority candidates. The Department of Computer Science was awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to equality and diversity.

Applicants are encouraged to check the associated role profile for this post. Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Mark Manulis (m.manulis@surrey.ac.uk). Otherwise, we look forward to receiving your online application at: https://jobs.surrey.ac.uk/037121 

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