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Senior Research Associate - AI4ME

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £36,386 to £42,155
Closing Date:   Sunday 26 March 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  0688-21-R-R

We are seeking a senior research associate to work on AI4ME, an exciting new multi-year EPSRC & BBC-funded Prosperity Partnership that will address the key challenges involved in creating and delivering personalised content at scale. AI4ME brings together the BBC, Lancaster University and the University of Surrey to design entirely new types of media experiences that can adapt to individual preferences, accessibility requirements, devices, and location. 

AI4ME builds upon the rapid changes underway within the industry in how media experiences are produced and delivered, from television and films to video games. In television and broadcast media, the prevalence of Internet-based delivery supports the independent transport of different parts of a stream – including audio, video, and additional media experience components – to be composed together at the point of playback. This paradigm is enabling new forms of hyper-personalised and immersive storytelling and represents both opportunities and new challenges in the network delivery of these experiences. 

At Lancaster we are building the world’s first hyper-adaptive end-to-end delivery infrastructure to deliver personalised object-based media on an unprecedented scale. By combining novel systems-building technology with advanced real-time machine learning, this infrastructure will continually monitor popular content at a regional and national level, along with end-user personalisation preferences, to constantly drive the delivery system towards a more optimal form. 

We are looking for a senior research associate to join this exciting project and help contribute to solving this delivery challenge for personalised media. The ideal candidate will have a background in computer networking and distributed systems; more details on the relevant research fields can be found in the Person Specification.  Whilst existing knowledge in these areas is desirable, we seek to build a team with complementary strengths. We therefore will also consider applications from general computer science researchers. 

Candidates will be expected to implement and test systems throughout the project and so good programming skills are highly desirable. You will work with three project investigators who are strongly committed to mentoring, and be encouraged and supported in developing your profile, and new research proposals. 

You will join us on an indefinite contract. However, the role remains contingent on external funding which for these positions is initially for 36 months.  

If you have any informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Nick Race (

 We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognizes and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.


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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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