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Senior Research Associate (TAILOR)

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Monday 21 June 2021
Interview Date:   Friday 09 July 2021
Reference:  A3385

A Senior Research Associate (postdoctoral) position is available to undertake exciting and ambitious research as part of the EU H2020 project “Foundations of Trustworthy AI - Integrating Reasoning, Learning and Optimization (TAILOR)”. 

The EU H2020 project (TAILOR) is one of four AI networks in the H2020 program ICT-48 Towards a vibrant European network of AI excellence centres. The purpose of TAILOR is to build the capacity of providing the scientific foundations for Trustworthy AI in Europe by developing a network of research excellence centres leveraging and combining learning, optimization and reasoning. Lancaster University contributes to make AI systems explainable by developing methods and guidelines to novel AI systems capable of interacting with users with different backgrounds and needs, revealing the “Why?”, “Why not?”, “What if?” and capable to generate multimodal explanations and quantifying the degree of interpretability. 

The candidate should have a background in computer science, computer engineering, or related areas with past experience on the practical implementation and development of image processing and machine learning. Further, a good understanding of explainable AI is beneficial. The outcome of the research must contribute to the projects but it is also expected that the results are published in high-quality research papers in order to disseminate results. Other research activities have to be undertaken as needed. Please, see Job Description for further details. 

A PhD or equivalent degree in computer science or a closely-related field is required for this position.  The ideal applicant will have a track record of high-quality publications in areas of relevance to the projects and the willingness to undertake ambitious and challenging research.  For more details, please see the detailed Person Specification for this position. 

The School of Computing and Communications offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development, and you will be exposed to a range of further opportunities over the course of this post. 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 gender equality in higher education and research. 

You will join us on an indefinite contract. However, the role remains contingent on external funding which, for this position, will be for 15 months. 

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Hossein Rahmani ( or Prof. Plamen Angelov ( for further inquiries.

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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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