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Research Assistant - Major Transitions (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Location: Cambridge

Role information

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) invites applications for a 0.15 FTE (5.5hours per week) Research Assistant to work on the project The Major Transitions in the Evolution of Cognition, which spans multiple disciplines including machine learning, cognitive science and philosophy. The appointment will be for two years in the first instance, and is based in Cambridge.

This is a new post within the project, The Major Transitions in the Evolution of Cognition. This is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge (Marta Halina), Macquarie University (Andrew Barron), and The Australian National University (Colin Klein) that was launched in November 2020. This Research Assistant will be based at the University of Cambridge, working with Marta Halina and the Animal-AI Testbed team (led by Matthew Crosby) as part of the Kinds of Intelligence programme at CFI.

The role will involve carrying out research and communication tasks including assisting with literature reviews, workshop organisation, and social media. The assistant may fit their own research and publication interests around these tasks. This position would be ideal for someone currently pursuing a PhD in a related field, or considering doing so.

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Please upload in the Upload section of the online application (1) your Curriculum Vitae (CV); (2) a Covering Letter of no more than 1,000 words, outlining a proposed research direction, and explaining how your skills and proposal would contribute to this project in particular, and CFI more broadly; (3) a Sample of Writing of no more than 5,000 words that demonstrates your suitability for this project; and (4) the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Molly Carrick at Please quote reference GO26940 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The closing date for applications is Midnight (BST) on Friday 30th July 2021.

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