University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Accelerate Programme for Scientific Discovery (Fixed Term)

United Kingdom

Closing in 12 days

Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Accelerate Programme for Scientific

Discovery (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2026.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to become an engine for scientific discovery across disciplines. The Accelerate Programme for Scientific Discovery (https: // is a high-profile University initiative promoting the use of machine learning (ML) to tackle major scientific challenges.

Accelerate Science:

  • provides researchers with specialised training in AI techniques, equipping them with the skills they need to use machine learning and AI to power their research.

  • pursues an ambitious research agenda that applies machine learning to the scientific challenges of the 21st century.

  • nurtures a community of researchers working at the interface of machine learning and the sciences.

  • Generating well-designed software will increase the scope, productivity, reliability, replicability and openness of research. In pursuit of these goals, we are seeking experienced Senior Machine Learning Engineers (SMLE) to lead the development of our software culture.

    Role holders will facilitate the application of machine learning for scientific discovery across a range of projects and activities. By providing software engineering support, advising on the development of diverse research projects, and delivering training and mentoring to researchers across the University, successful candidates will help create an environment in which researchers from across domains are empowered to create and support high- quality research software. For example, Senior Machine Learning Engineers will collaborate with researchers and Accelerate's partners across Cambridge to develop research objectives, projects, and proposals, providing strategic advice for research software through routes including the AI Clinic (https: // The role- holder will also contribute to teaching activities, including training researchers from across disciplines in core concepts and practical applications of AI. They will act as evangelists for machine learning in science, helping create a community of researchers working on pressing scientific and societal challenges across the University.

    We're looking for experienced machine learning engineers who have:

  • The specialist knowledge that will allow them to tackle challenges in machine learning development and deployment, including knowledge and experience of core methods in machine learning, data science, and programming.

  • A broad range of software skills that they can adapt to diverse challenges.

  • The ability to collaborate effectively with scientists from different domains.

  • The ability to work independently, with a high degree of self-motivation, including the organisational skills to manage projects.

  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability engage audiences with different levels of familiarity with technical concepts.

  • For further information about the skills and responsibilities associated with the role, please see the further particulars provided alongside this post.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Please note that we provide the support of applying for the relevant visa (if required) and we reimburse the cost of the first visa.

    The post is offered on a full time basis, however we would be open to discussing part time or flexible working arrangements. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Jessica Montgomery ([email protected]).

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    To apply, please submit a CV and publication list, a cover letter explaining how your experience relates to the core skills required for the role, a short summary (max. 1 page) setting out your view on "what role do you believe software engineering can play in building the Cambridge AI for science community?" and names of two referees who may be contacted during the application process. If you upload any documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

    Please quote reference NR41680 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

    Further information
  • Further Information
  • Department/Location

    Department of Computer Science and Technology, West Cambridge








    15 May 2024

    Closing date

    13 June 2024

    Job details


    Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Accelerate Programme for Scientific Discovery (Fixed Term)


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    May 16, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 13, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

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