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Research Fellow/Lecturer

Computer Science
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
38,832 - 47,722 a year
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Role Description

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Research Fellow/Lecturer for a permanent post in AI and Machine Learning/Data Analytics in Games.

Initially you will take a leading role as Research Fellow within Digital Creativity Labs, a world centre of excellence for impact-driven research in games and interactive media, transitioning to a permanent Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science from October 2020.

DC Labs is a major (£18 million) investment by research councils, universities and over 100 collaborative stakeholder organisations, alongside the £12 million EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (

You will complement this interdisciplinary team, bringing specific expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and/or Analytics to conduct high impact research in areas such as decision making, autonomous agents and computational creativity in games. You bring a record of high quality scientific publications and a willingness to grow your research area through research funding. You bring experience in software engineering and can program effectively in one or more of C#, C++, Python, or Java and use game engine technologies like Unity or Unreal. You also bring a multidisciplinary approach and an enthusiasm for working with teams of researchers, games companies and other stakeholders to co-create research questions and generate research impact. Ideally you will have experience of delivering impact, working with the creative industries.

Within DC Labs you will have the opportunity to co-supervise up to three funded PhD students already in place in this area, and to work with many industry partners. You will grow your entrepreneurial skills and learn more about these industries through collaborative projects, seeking world-class research outcomes with economic, social and cultural impact. Experienced mentors will be on hand to help you publish, generate impact and attract funding to build your career, providing an opportunity to grow an interdisciplinary industry-facing team of PhD students and researchers in AI, ML, Data and Games. Projects will necessitate travel for meetings and short placements with partner organisations

You will engage primarily in research during the initial fellowship period (including submitting research grant applications, research management/supervision, and preparing material for advanced taught courses). Research will continue to be a focus of your work after October 2020, with the aim of securing further research funding, and the expectation that you will participate in teaching, such as in advanced postgraduate courses in areas of digital games and interactive media.  In addition, you will design, develop and deliver teaching across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and will undertake effectively a range of administrative and managerial responsibilities

DC Labs is a fun, friendly, exciting and dynamic environment for your career in digital creativity research to grow.

Salary will be within the range: £38,832 - £47,722 a year. and the post is available on an open contract.  The post is full time. The hours of work are 37 per week.

Informal enquiries regarding this vacancy can be made to Professor Peter Cowling by email  

Closing date: midnight on 27 March 2018

Interview date: 12th April 2018

For further information and to apply on-line, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

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