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Senior Research Associate - ELSA: European Lighthouse on Secure and Safe AI

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £35,326 to £40,927
Closing Date:   Sunday 14 August 2022
Interview Date:   Friday 26 August 2022
Reference:  0410-22

The School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University is looking to employ a Senior Research Associate for a period of up to 36 months within the Lancaster Intelligent Robotic and Autonomous systems (LIRA) Centre. You will be in charge of the research on safe and secure human-centred machine learning including explainable and interpretable deep learning. 

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals with experience in relevant aspects of Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics or Electrical Engineering. You must be able to demonstrate a research background in the area of Machine Learning and AI, and have excellent programming skills (preferably Python). Familiarity with the technologies and tools used in deep learning would be advantageous. We will also value highly your ability to learn rapidly and to adapt to new technologies beyond your current skills and expertise.

Your work will primarily support LIRA’s research on machine learning and AI and more specifically within the ELSA consortium (led by CISPA- Germany) funded by the EC. Your findings will also feed into the ELSA project. 

For the position you should hold a PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or a related discipline. 

Surrounded by three national parks and the Irish Sea, Lancaster is a great place to work and live. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address equality issues in higher education and research. We warmly welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. 

This is a full time post. You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 31st August 2025

 Informal enquiries to Prof. Plamen Angelov, email:

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We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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