Research Associate on the Mathematics of Deep Learning (Maths4DL) fixed-term post

Job title Research Associate on the Mathematics of Deep Learning (Maths4DL) fixed-term post

Department Mathematical Sciences

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Tuesday 25 May 2021

Closing date Wednesday 30 June 2021

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC8323

Apply Online


The Department of Mathematical Sciences is inviting applications from candidates for a three year Research Associate position starting in January 2022 in the EPSRC Programme Grant EP/V026259/1 on the “Mathematics of Deep Learning” (Maths4DL).

Math4DL is a joint programme run by the University of Bath, the University of Cambridge and University College London. The successful candidate will join a close-knit team hosted by all three universities and led by Prof Chris Budd OBE and Dr Matthias Ehrhardt (Bath), Profs Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb and Richard Nickl (Cambridge), and Profs Simon Arridge and Bangti Jin (UCL).

This is an exceptional opportunity to conduct ambitious research at the forefront of mathematics, statistics and machine learning. There are generous funds available for conference attendance, travel, computer equipment, training and career development.

The Vision and Ambition of Maths4DL is to develop a comprehensive mathematical, statistical and computational framework that addresses i) the foundational challenges on interpretability of the trained Deep Neural Networks (DNN), ii) robustness and generalisation of DNN on test data, iii) statistical confidence in DNN-outputs and iv) computational challenges with large-scale models and high-dimensional training data.

The three university team which the successful candidate will join, combines leading expertise in deep learning, interdisciplinary mathematics, statistics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), optimal transport, optimisation, environmental modelling, numerical analysis, geometric integration, scientific computing, image processing, probability, and inverse problems.

Duties of the research associate include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects as part of the overall work of the Maths4DL programme. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects,  provide instruction and plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area of Maths4DL.

Applicants must have (or about to receive) a PhD degree in mathematics or statistics (or a closely related discipline). The ideal candidates will be experienced in one or more of the following areas: inverse problems, machine learning, mathematical imaging, mathematical or computational analysis, optimisation and/or data science. Experience in programming is desirable (e.g. MATLAB / Python, Tensorflow / PyTorch).

You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae, and examples of or links to some of your work (not to exceed three pages).

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Prof Chris Budd OBE ( or Dr Matthias Ehrhardt (, however, please submit your application via the University website.

Start date: 30 January 2022 or by mutual agreement.

To view the Cambridge University advert please visit:

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Email details to a friend

Further details:

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our applicant information webpage  before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.