University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Department of Statistics, 24-29 St Giles', Oxford

This post is fixed-term until 31 August 2024.

We invite applications for a part-time Research Assistant funded by the European Union, working in the group of Professor Yee Whye Teh at the University of Oxford. The post holder will be a member of Oxford Computational Statistics and Machine Learning (OxCSML) with responsibility for the provision of research support in the area of reliability of language models. The successful candidate will hold a relevant Bachelors or Masters degree in statistics, computer science, information engineering, or a commensurate technical discipline and be working towards a doctorate in machine learning. They should also possess sufficient specialist knowledge and interest in statistical machine learning, deep learning and large language models.

We proudly hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award and a departmental Athena SWAN Silver Award, which guide our progress towards advancing racial and gender equality. As part of our commitment to openness, inclusivity and transparency, we would particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in positions of this type at Oxford. Applicants will be selected for interview purely based on their ability to satisfy the selection criteria as outlined in full in the job description. You will be required to upload a statement setting out how you meet the selection criteria, a curriculum vitae, and the contact details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please direct informal enquiries about the post to Professor Yee Whye Teh ([email protected]), quoting vacancy reference 170785.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon UK time on 19 February 2024 can be considered. Interviews are anticipated to be held on 23 February 2024.

Contact Person : Andrea Williams Vacancy ID : 170785 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 19-Feb-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 6 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £32,332 – 38,205 per annum pro rata

Job details


Research Assistant


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 07, 2024

Application deadline

February 19, 2024

Job type



Computer Science,Engineering,Mathematics

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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