Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Neuromorphic Computing

University of Hertfordshire

United Kingdom

October 11, 2022


Post Title: Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow in Neuromorphic Computing

SBU/Department: School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science

FTE: 1 FTE (working 37 hours per week)

Duration of Contract: Fixed term contract – 2 years 4 months, with the expectation to extend

Salary: UH7 £35,333 – £42,155 per annum on achieving designated skills and experience

Location: College Lane Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Research at the University of Hertfordshire was able to grow at an exceptional pace in recent years. We have moved up 21 league places in the last REF, and 90% of the Computer Science outputs submitted in the last REF have been classified as world leading or internationally recognized. The VCRF will enter a dynamic research environment that strives to extend its reputation for international excellence.

The Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow (VCRF) is a prestigious position that provides outstanding candidates with the opportunity to shape their field of research and build a career in research.

An appointment to this role may require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

Main duties and responsibilities

The VCRF in Neuromorphic Computing will be embedded in a leading team of researchers who advance computational olfactory neuroscience, mapping the chemical space of odorants, electronic gas sensing, and gas-based navigation. The successful candidate will therefore have the unique opportunity to develop an internationally leading research agenda in this field.

The candidate will be associated to the Biocomputation group that has a strong international reputation in exploring computation in the brain and translating these processes to algorithms.

The VCRF is expected to publish research articles of high significance, rigour, and originality, to disseminate research world-wide at conferences and workshops, and to interact with collaborators around the globe. We also expect the VCRF to participate in bids to secure external funding. In accord with the CONCORDAT for professional development of researchers, the candidate may be given the opportunity to undertake a limited amount of appropriate teaching, upon mutual agreement.

Skills and experience required

The successful candidate will already have established themselves as an independent researcher capable of developing a programme of research activity within the scope of the project. A track record related to neuromorphic computing, electronic olfaction, or computational neuroscience is therefore expected, documented by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The fellow should have knowledge of research methodology appropriate for the subject area, e.g., data science and machine learning, spiking network simulations, event-based signal processing or other relevant methods.

The candidate should be able to establish a good working relationship within the group, the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, and with external collaborators. We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the ability to effectively work in a research team. Excellent oral and written communication skills in both spoken and written English are required. Previous success in securing external funding is desirable.

Qualifications required:

You will be educated with an undergraduate honours degree at a minimum 2:2 (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline. You will also hold a PhD degree, or close to completion (no more than 3 months prior to viva) in a quantitative research-oriented discipline, e.g., computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, computational neuroscience, or related disciplines or equivalent experience.

Please view the job description and person specification and annex for a full list of the duties and essential criteria.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries

Dr Michael Schmuker, Professor of Neural Computation,

Closing Date : 11 October 2022

Interview Date: TBC

Reference Number: 044435

Date advert placed: 13 September 2022

Our vision is to transform lives and UH is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and building a diverse community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their protected characteristics, and recognise there are different ways applicants may achieve the criteria in this document. We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave, flexible location opportunities within the UK, discounted Sports Village memberships, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts

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