Research Associate/Assistant

King's College London

Job id: 069105. Salary: £40,333 – £42,474 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 15 June 2023. Closing date: 13 July 2023.

Business unit: Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sci. Department: Informatics.

Contact details:Amanda Coles / Andrew Coles. [email protected] and [email protected]

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

Job description

The department of Informatics is looking to appoint a Research Associate/Research Assistant (RA) to work on Explainable AI Planning.  The research fellow will work on the AFOSR funded p “Explaining the Space of Plans” and the EPSRC funded project ”COHERENT: Collaborative Hierarchical Robotic Explanations”. 

The RA will develop and implement AI Planning techniques for autonomous/robotic systems, with an emphasis on Explainability, in collaboration with the investigators and partners on research projects in the Department of Informatics. The RA is expected to contribute to the research climate within the department; to conduct and publish high-quality research; and to attend project meetings, conferences, and other events as required. 

Applications are encouraged from those with a range of related backgrounds including, but not limited to: AI task or motion planning, Robotics and Explainable AI. 

We are happy to consider applications either from candidates with PhDs for the role of Research Associate (appointed at grade 6); or applications for the role of Research Assistant (appointed at grade 5, spine point 30) from strong candidates who are currently studying for a PhD (this could be taken e.g. as a paid internship).   

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract until 31st May 2024; though depending on the outcome of pending grant extension requests we may be able to offer a contract up to 31st October 2024. 

This is a full-time post

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake research and development work in explainable AI Planning/Robotics as required to meet project objectives.
  • To work collaboratively with project partners.
  • To publish high-quality research papers and reports.
  • To attend project meetings, conferences and other events as required.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential Criteria (Grade 5)

1.       Experience of undertaking research in a field of AI related to the project

2.       Ability to contribute to the development and delivery of high quality research

3.       Ability to contribute to research reports and papers in styles accessible to academic audiences

4.       Programming Skills

5.       Effective communication skills (oral and written)

6.       Ability to work as part of a team on research programmes.

Essential Criteria (Grade 6)

1.       PhD in a field of AI related to the project or suitable experience

2.       Ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research

3.       Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to academic audiences

4.       Programming Skills

5.       Effective communication skills (oral and written)

6.       Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes.

Desirable criteria

1.       Experience of working in AI Planning or Explainable Planning/Robotics

2.       Ability to present research to an academic audience

3.       Experience of working with PDDL

* Please note that for the grade 6 (PhD level) role candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

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