Research Associate in Natural Language Processing

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a two-year Research Associate position in the University of Cambridge, working with Dr Nigel Collier (PI) on the EPI-AI project. The project is funded by a newly awarded grant from the UK's ESRC (ESRC) under the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative. EPI-AI aims to develop high impact Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques for real-time digital disease surveillance from online news streams.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate include but are not limited to research in innovative machine learning methods that address the challenges of text mining (e.g. entity recognition/linking, relation extraction) in the health domain.

The position will involve close collaboration with colleagues at McGill University in Canada and end-user partners such as Public Health England and the World Health Organisation. The project will take place at the Language Technology Lab: and within the larger community of NLP researchers at the University of Cambridge. This arrangement provides an excellent environment for research and career development, as the post holder will benefit from the expertise of both NLP and domain partners in this multidisciplinary project.

Candidates will have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field such as NLP, Information Retrieval, Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning and be able to demonstrate a strong track record of both independent and team research as well as strong software engineering skills. Essential skills include: excellent programming (Python, LAMP, Google maps), NLP techniques, machine Learning, as well as proven communication skills. Prior experience with deep neural network architectures is essential. Familiarity with the health domain and data annotation will be an advantage.

The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applicants must provide the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work in the relevant field whom we can contact for a reference once the vacancy has closed.

In order for your application to be considered, please upload a covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a list of publications (if not included in your CV) and one sample of a recent publication.

The closing date is midnight (GMT) on Sunday 6 December 2020. Interviews are planned week commencing 14 December, subject to confirmation. The post is intended to start on 1st February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries may be made to Nigel Collier ( For questions on the application process or procedure, please contact Ruth Farley, HR Coordinator on

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