Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed-term)

We are inviting applications for a Computer Scientist/Computational Linguist Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow.

We seek a talented researcher with a background in Natural Language Processing or Computational Linguistics to conduct research on the public perception of Autonomous Systems. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary national research hub on Trustworthy Autonomous Systems, funded by UKRI until 2024, working with experts in Computer Science, Engineering, Policy, Medicine & Health, Sociology and Psychology. The role holder will work alongside interdisciplinary researchers in Horizon DER and the Mixed Reality Lab in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham.

The candidate will have experience in Natural Language Processing or Computational Linguistics to develop, conduct and present sentiment analysis of social media and news content online. Experience in evaluative methods such as user studies, surveys, interviews and focus groups and a demonstrable interest in autonomous systems would be a welcome addition. Furthermore, experience in HCI or human-centred design, and/or experience in building interactive dialogue systems would set the candidate apart.

The post holder will be expected to undertake independent research as well as working as part of a team – this will include using approaches or methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research, and being responsible for writing up their work in order to contribute to published outcomes.

The role holder will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio.

The post will be held at Horizon Digital Economy Institute  within the School of Computer Science at The University of Nottingham.

This is a fixed-term post for 3 years. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Derek McAuley or Dr Joel Fischer.  Applications must be submitted online. Please note that applications sent by email will not be accepted.

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