Postdoctoral Research Associate in Reinforcement Learning

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

August 19, 2021


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Reinforcement Learning

Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.

We are pleased to announce an opening for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Reinforcement Learning. The aim of the project is to conduct basic research on the topic of deep reinforcement learning. Depending on the skills and preferences of the selected candidate, the research will focus on one of the following two areas. The first is cooperative multi-agent reinforcement learning in which teams of cooperative agents learn to coordinate their behaviour so as to maximize a shared team reward signal. The second is Bayesian meta-reinforcement learning, in which posterior beliefs are maintained to model epistemic uncertainty and planning and/or learning are performed in the space of such beliefs in order to derive optimal behaviour in the face of that uncertainty.

The primary selection criteria are a doctoral degree (or close to completion) in Computer Science or related discipline, together with relevant experience. Successful candidate must possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes and have strong publication record in machine learning or closely related area.

The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and present the research group at the meetings.

If you have any questions about the positions, please email Professor Shimon Whiteson ( ).

The post is a full time fixed-term contract for 2 years. All applicants must complete an application form and submit a CV and supporting statement. Job shares will be considered.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 19 August 2021. Interviews are expected to be held in September.

We are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, Living Wage and Mindful Employer, holding an Athena Swan Bronze Award, HR excellence in Research and Race Equality Charter Bronze Award.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and we proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diversity groups and champions, for example https:// www. , as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example shared parental leave.

Demonstrating a commitment to provide equality of opportunity. We would particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic applicants who are currently under-represented within the Computer Science Department. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria.

Contact Person : HR Administrator Vacancy ID : 152350 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 19-Aug-2021 12:00 Contact Email :

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