Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computer Vision and Machine Learning job with DURHAM UNIVERSITY | 235683 – Times Higher Education (THE)

Department of Computer Science

Grade 7:-33,797 - 35,845Fixed Term-Full TimeContract Duration:24 monthsContracted Hours per Week:35Closing Date:28-Dec-2020, 7:59:00 AM

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the Universitys Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Department

The Department of Computer Science is rapidly expanding it will more than double in size over the next 10 years from 18 to approximately 40 staff. A new building for the department (joint with Mathematical Sciences) will be built to house the expanded Department, and is expected to be completed in 2021. The current Department has research strengths in (1) algorithms and complexity, (2) computer vision, imaging, and visualisation and (3) high-performance computing, cloud computing, and simulation. We work closely with industry and government departments.

Research-led teaching is a key strength of the Department, which came 5th in the Complete University Guide. The department offers BSc and MEng undergraduate degrees and is currently redeveloping its interdisciplinary taught postgraduate degrees. The size of its student cohort has more than trebled in the past five years. The Department has an exceptionally strong External Advisory Board that provides strategic support for developing research and education, consisting of high-profile industrialists and academics.

Computer Science is one of the very best UK Computer Science Departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students.

The Role

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to join Prof. Toby Breckon's research team at Durham University. The post is funded, for an initial fixed-term period of 24months, by an ongoing portfolio of research work primarily spanning aspects of automatic object detection and classification for wide-area visual surveillance (in collaboration with a large industrial partner) in addition to use in aviation security (in collaboration with UK and US government) and sensing for future autonomous vehicles (in collaboration with a number of industrial collaborators).

The researcher will have the opportunity to work on common themes of machine learning research with applications across several funded work streams within the group. They will consider the use of cutting-edge deep learning algorithms for image classification and generalized data understanding tasks (object detection, human pose and behaviour understanding, and materials discrimination), in addition to integrated aspects of visual tracking and stereo vision across a range of image modalities. Specifically, they will investigate novel aspects of automatic adaptability of contemporary machine learning approaches as an aspect of these tasks. They will develop software algorithms, manage their own academic research in addition to project delivery to a range of external industrial and government collaborators.

In addition to published research output, the candidate can expect their research to have significant impact across a range of industrial/governmental collaborators and form a major innovation contributor to future visual surveillance and vehicle autonomy applications.

The post the offers an outstanding opportunity to gain a strong research track record in an exciting and fast-moving area of applied computer vision and machine learning whilst working in an environment with high levels of external collaboration and industrial research impact.

Further details on the research portfolio can be found on the following website:

Prof. Toby Breckon, publications and demos:


ThisPostdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) post at Durham University requires an enthusiastic researcher with expertise in the development of computer vision, image processing and/or machine learning techniques.The project work with external collaborators requires someone who can develop robust, well-documented code efficiently and have an ability to work with exotic sensing hardware as required. Researchers lacking evidence of code development in a delivery environment, or strong potential to work as part of a multidisciplinary team spanning multiple organisations are unlikely to be successful.It is fixed term for 24 months due to external funding.

While the post is based for the full period in Durham, it will be necessary for the researcher to travel for meetings and/or system trials as part of the project. There will also be the opportunity for the researcher to attend national and international conferences to present the work, and there will be opportunities to gain experience of teaching at undergraduate level. The researcher will join the Innovative Computing Research Group within the Department.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post byJanuary 2021.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contactProf. Toby Breckon, enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in theUniversity.

What to Submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

Next Steps

The assessment for the post will includeformal interview and a presentation of recent research results.Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment (Date TBC)

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DBS Requirement:Not Applicable.

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