Research Associate/Fellow

Closing Date
Tuesday, 31st October 2017
Job Type
Computer Science
£26495 to £38833 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for a Research Associate/Fellow with the University of Nottingham’s new Rights Lab, a Beacon of Excellence ( This large-scale world-leading initiative is delivering research to help end contemporary slavery. One of our flagship projects, the Slavery Observatory, is developing new machine-learning techniques for antislavery interventions that use satellite technology.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the role-holder will support research on the Slavery Observatory project under the supervision of the Machine Learning lead, Professor Thomas Gärtner, and the Observatory co-leads, Professor Stuart Marsh and Dr Doreen Boyd. This part of the Slavery Observatory aims to use existing and develop new machine learning and/or data mining techniques to observe activities associated with slavery. These will include illegal fish farming, logging, brick making, mining and so on. Its objectives are:

•           To compile, synthesise and integrate spatial data to detect and eventually prevent slavery.

•           To develop automated methods dealing with as much data as possible (and available) at as low as possible cost, with known levels of uncertainty.

The role holder will support and conduct research in relevant areas of machine learning and/or data mining and apply the algorithms to various kinds of geospatial data such as satellite images and mobile phone records. In particular, relevant techniques include (but are not restricted to) active learning and search, multi-relational mining and learning, one-class learning, outlier detection, multi-view learning, and rare pattern mining.

We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates, as well as from applicants with postdoctoral experience.

This full-time post is fixed-term for the academic year 2017-18 ending 31 July 2018 with the potential for continuation.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Thomas Gärtner , email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.