[Univ of Cambridge] [Dept of Engineering]

Dialogue Systems Group








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Research Assistant/Associate in Open-domain Statistical Spoken Dialogue Systems (Fixed Term) New

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate position in statistical spoken dialogue systems in the Dialogue Systems Group at the Cambridge University Engineering Department. The position is sponsored by an EPSRC Research Grant Award.

The main focus of the work will be on the development of techniques and algorithms for implementing robust statistical dialogue systems which can support conversations ranging over very wide, potentially open, domains. The work will extend existing techniques for belief tracking and decision making by distributing classifiers and policies over the corresponding ontology.

The successful candidate will have good mathematical skills and be familiar with modern machine learning techniques. S/he will have the ability to design tests and experiments and to design and develop new methods and algorithms to address research objectives and find solutions. Preference will be given to candidates with specific understanding of Bayesian methods, deep learning and reinforcement learning and experience in spoken dialogue systems or a related technology. Good communication and writing skills are essential and knowledge of semantic web technologies would be an advantage. Candidates will either have (or shortly obtain) a PhD in a relevant subject, or will have gained comparable research experience.

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the leading groups in statistical speech and language processing. Cambridge provides excellent research facilities and there are extensive opportunities for collaboration, visits and attending conferences.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: 24,775 - 27,864 Research Associate: 28,695 - 37,394

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a statement of research interests and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application as soon as possible and no later than midnight on the closing date. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Elisabeth Barlow, email Elisabeth.Barlow@admin.cam.ac.uk (Tel +44 01223 765692). Please quote reference NM05125 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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