Research Fellow in Computer Science
University of Birmingham Department of Computer Science
United Kingdom

Full Time/Part TimeFull Time
Duration of Post: Fixed-term for up to 24 months
Post is open to: External and internal candidates
Salary Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.
Additional InformationInformal enquiries can be made to Iain Styles;

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Job Purpose


The University of Birmingham (UoB) is an academic partner in the Alan Turing Institute (ATI), the UKs national institute for AI and data science. This position is associated with the UoB-ATI project "Topological Hierarchies in Complex Image Data" as part of a wider programme of activities at UoB on "Data Analytics and Computer Vision for Image Dataset on Many Scales" and the ATIs "Data Science for Science" programme.

Working within the School of Computer Science at UoB, the successful applicant will be contributing to the advancement of knowledge by developing new mathematical and computational approaches to understanding complex images. The proposed approach will combine the concept of a compositional model in computer vision with methods from computational topology to develop new ways to learn the underlying latent structure of an image in such a way that it reveals the intrinsic properties and structures of the objects in the image. The main application areas will be in the biological sciences, and the project will benefit from access to data from some of the most advanced imaging instruments available through the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE) and other collaborations, including state-of-the-art super-resolution microscopy and advanced mass spectrometry imaging techniques. The project will also benefit from access to the UK's largest IBM PowerAI cluster at UoB, and Microsoft Azure cloud services through ATI.


The successful applicant will have a strong first degree in a numerate discipline and have completed (or be about to complete) a PhD in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related fields. They will have strong analytical and programming skills and be able to communicate complex ideas with clarity in multidisciplinary environments. There will be extensive opportunities to interact with the wider research community at UoB and ATI, and at national and international conferences. It is expected that the project will lead to publications in highly respected journals and presentations at leading international conferences.
• Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids
• Operate within area of specialism
• Analyse and interpret research findings and results
• Contribute to generating funding
• Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.
• Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
• Contribute to writing bids for research funding
• Analyse and interpret data
• Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
• Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc


Person Specification• First degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or an equivalent numerate discipline and have completed (or be about to complete) a PhD in a related field.
• Strong background in programming (Python preferred)
• High level mathematical and analytical capabilities
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly
• Demonstrable skills in the development and application of computational and mathematical methodologies.
• Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
• Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
• Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort

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