[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Reinforcement Learning at the University of Oxford

Shimon Whiteson shimon.whiteson at gmail.com
Fri Sep 9 08:13:02 PDT 2016

Researcher on Reinforcement Learning Project
Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford
Grade 7: £30,738 - £37,768 p.a.
A full-time postdoctoral position is available for a researcher in the area of reinforcement learning. This is a European Research Council-funded project, working with Professor Shimon Whiteson. The goal of the project is to develop a new class of reinforcement learning and sample-based decision-theoretic planning methods that overcome fundamental obstacles to the efficient optimisation of control policies for autonomous agents. Creating agents that are effective in diverse settings is a key goal of artificial intelligence with large potential implications in robotics, e-commerce, information retrieval, traffic control, etc.

The postholder will be expected to collaborate in the preparation of research papers, development and analysis of new algorithms, present papers at conferences, act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific procedures and experimental techniques, which may include stochastic optimisation, Bayesian optimisation, Bayesian quadrature, and deep learning.

The postholder will require a doctoral degree (or be very close to completion) in Computer Science or a related area, together with a documented track record of published, peer-reviewed research in machine learning and/or decision-theoretic planning (or a related area) and possess strong mathematical skills in probability and statistics together with strong programming skills. Experience of conducting large-scale experiments with complex datasets and simulators is highly desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 7 October 2016. Interviews are expected to be held in mid-late October 2016.

For further details and to apply please visit: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.recruit.ox.ac.uk_pls_hrisliverecruit_erq-5Fjobspec-5Fversion-5F4.jobspec-3Fp-5Fid-3D125326&d=DQIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=qoWcA24OjnpoqLxd2oo-n_hK3vYPbLzh_EikboKahts&s=otoMMwC0JBIzP7gVuvSTldZ5-9VcSqutu9BCkUeVSyQ&e= 

Shimon Whiteson | Associate Professor
Dept. of Computer Science | U. of Oxford
Room 407 | Wolfson Building
Tutorial Fellow | St. Catherine’s College
Room 3 | Alan Bullock Building
+44 (0) 1865 283 515 (dept. office)
+44 (0) 1865 281 574 (college office)
+44 (0) 7443 287 697 (mobile)
shimon.whiteson at cs.ox.ac.uk 

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