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
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
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
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.
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, email@example.com
Closing Date : 11 October 2022
Interview Date: TBC
Reference Number: 044435
Date advert placed: 13 September 2022
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