Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Research Fellow - Computer Vision

Research Fellow - Computer Vision School of Digital, Technology, Innovation and Business

Location: Stoke Campus Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 Per Annum Full Time Fixed Term for 12 Months Release Date: Friday 03 May 2024 Closing Date: Friday 24 May 2024 Interview Date: Thursday 30 May 2024 Reference: DTIB67-24

Project: Nature-FIRST Funded by: European Commission

About the Role

Staffordshire University's Department of Computer Science is excited to offer a position for a Research Fellow dedicated to developing innovative deep learning models. These models will be used for object detection, classification, re-identification, and counting, specifically tailored for nature conservation stakeholders as part of the Nature-First project.

Project Overview

Nature-FIRST aims to enhance nature conservation efforts across Europe by developing predictive, proactive, and preventative capabilities. This interdisciplinary project integrates ecological theory, environmental forensics, and both satellite-based and on-site environmental observations to create a tested and demonstrated Proof of Principle in 4 European regions covering 6 biogeographical areas.


Develop and refine advanced methods for deep learning and computer vision applications.

Conduct high-level research in collaboration with senior academic staff.

Engage in data collection, analysis, and the development of new computer vision techniques.

Assess competitive software to identify strengths and weaknesses, and compile comprehensive reports.

Disseminate research findings through academic conferences and public engagements.

Develop high-quality techniques for object detection and related fields.

Support and mentor students through workshops using cutting-edge software and direct case studies.

Maintain and expand collaborations with academic and industry partners.


Proven experience in developing deep learning models for computer vision applications.

Proficiency in Python programming.

Ability to work effectively with diverse teams and stakeholders.

Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Professional Development

Engage in continuous professional development and training as required by the project and university policies.

Contribute to the university's Environmental Sustainability Policy through responsible practices.

For Further Information

For an informal discussion or to learn more about the role, please contact Prof. Mohamed Sedky at [email protected].

Who is Staffordshire University?

Staffordshire University is an award winning, teaching-intensive and research- inspired university with a focus on work integrated learning, digital innovation and enterprise engagement. With over 100 years' experience, we are a successful, confident and ambitious modern university, with a foundational purpose of providing higher and applied learning opportunities relevant to our region and beyond.

Spread across three main campuses in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and London, our future-focused courses and next-level teaching ensure our students can unlock the potential the world needs now to support better futures.

This is a key reason why we are ranked 2nd in the UK for quality education (Sustainable Development Goal 4, THE Impact Rankings 2023) and why we're in the top 10 of UK universities for career prospects (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023).

As a university it is important that we are at the forefront of research, delivering impact across the globe and informing how and what we teach. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, 87% of our research impact is recognised as “outstanding” or “very considerable”, demonstrating how we continue to push further to create a better tomorrow for our local and global communities.

When you join Staffordshire University, you join a highly supportive, supportive, boundary-pushing culture where insight and innovation is celebrated, expertise is valued, and excellence is rewarded. We can't wait to see the contribution that you make to the continued growth and success of the Institution.

Rewards and Benefits

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available

• Competitive incremental rates of Pay

• 37 days Annual Leave plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days

• Excellent Pension Scheme

• Access to continued professional and personal development

• An opportunity to become part of the wider University community

• Access to an Employee Assistance Programme

• Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus

• Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans

At Staffordshire University, we believe that every student and staff member needs to be carbon literate if we are to help tackle the climate emergency and achieve our One Planet Pledge of carbon neutrality by 2030, and we are proud of our Bronze Carbon Literacy Award status. As part of our ongoing commitment we particularly encourage applications from candidates who have already completed carbon literacy training, or are prepared to undertake this training as part of their ongoing professional development.

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  • Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

    We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University.

    We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.

    Job details


    Research Fellow - Computer Vision


    Staffordshire University


    United Kingdom


    May 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 24, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    Established in 1914, Staffordshire University is a government university offering various undergraduate, graduate, professional, and distance learning programs. The university is divided into six academic departments, including computing and digital technologies, creative arts and Engineering, Health and Social Care, Law, policing & forensics, Staffordshire Business School and life sciences, and education.

    In the year 1988, the institution changed its name to Staffordshire Polytechnic, and in 1992, it officially became Staffordshire University. The university raises funds to foster a better, safer, and healthier society.

    Equipped with the latest technologies and student-friendly amenities, the campus of this university offers a range of activities and a supportive environment. Presently, the university has one main campus called Stroke-on-Tent Campus and two different centers, namely Stafford Centre of Excellence and Shrewsbury Centre of Excellence. The main campus of the university is easily accessible as it is located near the city. The campus has well-connected transportation facilities and libraries that open 24/7 during critical times of the academic year. The Stafford Centre of Excellence has the latest technologies and equipment to support health care learning. Additionally, the Shrewsbury Centre of Excellence located within the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital has clinical training facilities and the clinical simulation suite.

    Staffordshire University owns Unitemps, which is the official recruiting agency of the institute. It was formed to help businesses recruit talent from the university. It also provides internship opportunities and short-term shift employment services. Over 90% of the recruiters at the university choose to take their interns on as full-time employees. Additionally, internship services offered by Unitemps are divided into Graduate Internship services and Student Internships. To support the financial needs of students, the university grants several funds and allowances. Some of these funds are the Exceptional Learning Support Fund, the Hardship Fund, and the Student Experience Fund.

    Home to many notable alumni who are now leading successful careers, Staffordshire University has produced many exceptional leaders and pioneers. The list of prominent alumni of this university is endless and includes names like famous football player Jermaine Allen, artist Alex Frost, Tabloid journalist Emma Jones, Studio potter David Leach and poet Ian McMillan. The university has an online portal named The Staffordshire University Alumni Online, which connects all alumni with the university. It also has an alumni magazine called Horizon, which features famous success stories.

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