Research Associate in Efficient Machine Learning Systems for Earth Observation (Fixed Term)

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to work on efficient machine-learning systems for earth observation. The post holder will be part of the Computer Architecture group under the guidance of Prof. Robert Mullins.

The role involves developing new low-power systems and algorithms to significantly enhance the capabilities of onboard AI when used within small satellites. The project is a collaborative effort involving teams at the University of Manchester and University of Southampton and partners at the Alan Turing Institute and HMGCC. The research will seek innovations at both the software and hardware level. The use of a novel memory system and recent advances in low-power machine-learning accelerators will create significant scope to explore new research directions. On-board processing tasks will include object detection, compression, interpretation and various image retrieval tasks. The "Perfect Recollection for Clearer Insight" project is funded by EPSRC.

Successful candidates must hold a PhD in a relevant subject area. Excellent knowledge of machine learning and experience of applying machine learning techniques is expected. Familiarity with efficient ML techniques, edge AI hardware platforms, efficient and low-power computing techniques, ML for earth observation would be desirable.

Applicants should be prepared to collaborate with other project researchers to help develop complete hardware and software demonstrators. They will have excellent programming skills (e.g. in Python, C++, etc.).

Pre-employment screening

The successful candidate will be required to undergo security checks, to be carried out by the National Security Technology Innovation Exchange (NSTIx) before the appointment is confirmed.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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Interviews will be held in early March.

Please quote reference NR40352 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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