Teaching Fellow in Machine Learning

Employer: UCL
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£39,353 - £42,701 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.
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We are looking to appoint a Teaching Fellow in Machine Learning to work in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will take up the position by the start of the first term of the 2019-2020 academic year.

UCL is one of the foremost universities in Britain and the world. The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL is recognised as one of the leading Departments for research in its subject area, worldwide. Current broad research areas in the Department include Communications and Information Systems; Electronic Materials and Devices (including Nanotechnology); Optical Communications & Networks; Photonics and Sensors, Systems and Circuits.

The Department also has an extensive teaching programme, both at undergraduate (BEng and MEng) and masters levels. The Department launched new BEng and MEng degrees in Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) in 2014. They include a range of new departmental and cross-faculty modules, incorporating problem and scenario-based learning at all stages. This creates a highly engaging learning environment where students put their theoretical knowledge to practical application. The Department has also launched a number of MSc degrees over the years, including a recent MSc Integrated Machine Learning Systems. All programmes encompass the execution of major projects where students work on various engineering or research topics.

Main purpose of the job

The main purpose of this post is to support the Department in launching the new MSc Programme in Integrated Machine Learning Systems in 2019-2020. This will involve contributing to planned courses in the broad area of machine learning (including aspects associated with data acquisition, analysis and processing as well as data security and privacy), contributing to the formulation of new courses in the broad area of machine learning, supporting the supervision of project students, as well as other planning, tutoring, and assessment activities. It will also involve enhancing the research profile of the department in the area of machine learning. The role will also involve working closely with academics in the Department, and with appointed postgraduate teaching assistants (PGTAs).

The post-holder is expected to take responsibility for their work, duties and results.  Please note that, within reason, the duties and role of the post-holder may be changed after appropriate consultation in response to changing organisational requirements. The post-holder is required to follow actively all UCL policies including Equal Opportunities policies.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Contribute, organise, assess, or deliver specific aspects to existing modules in the MSc in Integrated Machine Learning Systems such as Applied Machine Learning Systems 1, Applied Machine Learning Systems 2, Data Acquisition and Processing Systems, or Security and Privacy. These modules cover a wide range of aspects in the area of machine learning systems engineering; the modules encompass both a series of lectures and lab sessions. Duties will also include after-lecture support to students (revision sessions, answering student's questions in office hours and on the Q&A online forum for the module), and leading experimental labs associated with the modules with the support of PGTAs.

  • Lead or contribute to the development of new modules for the MSc in Integrated Machine Learning Systems that would be formed as the programme develops, such as in Natural Language Processing  or Computer Vision or Speech Recognition, with the view to launch one such module in 2020/2021

  • Supervise MSc project students in the MSc in Integrated Machine Learning Systems or other MSc and Undergraduate project students in Electronic and Electrical Engineering as appropriate.

  • Supervise undergraduate project students in the BEng and MEng third and fourth years in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Supervision of MSc projects could be undertaken as appropriate.

  • Organise, oversee and run tutorials involving a small group of students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

  • Liaise regularly with students and staff to ensure smooth running of modules and the MSc programme as a whole.

  • Participate in the Departmental Teaching Committee and attend other staff meetings as required.

  • Maintain their own continuing professional development including some research in the area of Robotics and related areas. (A maximum of 20% of time is available for direct research activities).  In addition, keep up to date with developments in teaching methods and techniques.

  • Actively follow and promote UCL policies, including Equal Opportunities.

  • Maintain an awareness and observation of fire and health and safety regulations, including acting as a fire marshal.

  • Carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job, the title of the post and its grading as requested by the Head of Department and Head of Teaching.

In addition the candidate will be encouraged:

  • To publish outcomes of work in relevant recognised journals, both specialist technical journals and engineering education journals.

  • To apply for additional funding from internal and external sources to support and extend their work.

Please see job description for full person specification.

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