[CogSci] Faculty job in Computational Cognitive Science at Edinburgh

Christopher Lucas C.Lucas at ed.ac.uk
Fri Dec 2 05:51:14 PST 2022

Applications are invited for a Lecturer/Reader position (comparable to Assistant/Associate Professor) in Computational Cognitive Science in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, as part of an expansion in cognition, neuroscience, and AI.

The successful candidate will have (or be near to completing) a PhD in a relevant area, an established research agenda and the enthusiasm and ability to undertake original research, to lead a research group, and to engage with teaching and academic supervision. We are seeking current and future leaders in the field.

In the case of exceptional applicants, appointments may be available as a Reader (Grade UE09). Job descriptions for each level are outlined below. The level of appointment would be determined by the selection panel following interview in Edinburgh in early 2023.

All applications must contain the following supporting documents:

    * Teaching statement (1-2 pages)
    * Research statement (2-3 pages)
    * Full CV and publication list, which should identify the applicant’s 3 most relevant/representative publications

Please note that two references will be sought for all shortlisted candidates. Please indicate on your application form if you are happy for your referees to be contacted.

Further Information

We seek candidates with inter-disciplinary research interests, who seek to answer questions about cognition using computational methods, and have an interest in advancing the state of the art in AI by understanding how humans excel in domains that remain challenging for computers.

The candidate's research programme should complement the School's contributions in computational neuroscience, cognitive science, robotics, and artificial intelligence. There are ample opportunities to collaborate with researchers in foundational sciences such as systems neuroscience and cognitive psychology.

The candidate's research focus might involve, for example:

    * Judgment, decision-making, and planning
    * learning and memory
    * cognitive or neural development
    * motor control
    * comparative cognition
    * social cognition
    * vision and perception

Candidates should demonstrate a strong technical and empirical track record and should be able to teach undergraduate and master’s level courses in cognitive science. Ideally, they will also be able to teach courses in AI and machine learning.

The successful candidate will help to build stronger ties between different institutes within the School of Informatics, as well as with Edinburgh’s Psychology Department in the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences.

Salary ranges:

  Lecturer: UE08 £43,414 - £51,805 per annum

  Reader: UE09 £54,949- £61,823 per annum

The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is one of the largest in Europe, with more than 120 academic staff and a total of over 500 post-doctoral researchers, research students and support staff. Informatics at Edinburgh rated highest on Research Power in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. The School has strong links with industry, with dedicated business incubator space and well-established enterprise and business development programmes. The University of Edinburgh has recently established the Bayes Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, which provides a locus for fruitful multi-disciplinary work, including a range of companies collocated in it. The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. We are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions actively promoting LGBT equality.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christopher Lucas (c.lucas at ed.ac.uk).

More details:


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