Research Associate in Facial Synthesis (fixed-term post)

Job title Research Associate in Facial Synthesis (fixed-term post)

Department Computer Science

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

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Friday 09 July 2021

Closing date Monday 09 August 2021

Interview date Friday 27 August 2021

Reference CC8447

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The Department of Computer Science wish to appoint a Research Associate to work with a team of Computer Scientists at the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA).

Working with a current system developed in CAMERA for generating facial expressions using Genetic Algorithms you will develop approaches to scale-up it’s use from only a few users to hundreds across multiple locations. Incorporating new methods to increase the diversity of identities in the model and the fidelity of faces by linking with PhD researchers and translating prototype research results into the system. You will be expected to open source the software and publish details on the system in an appropriate journal or conference.

As part of a wider EPSRC funded project with Psychologists at Queen Mary University (QMU) and University College London (UCL) you will be collaborating closely with their teams. This will involve helping deploy the tool in clinical and psychological studies and contributing to scientific articles in appropriate venues. 

CAMERA is a leading UK research impact centre based at the University of Bath which contributes to research across multiple disciplines: creative industries (eg with The Foundry, The Imaginarium, REWIND, Aardman), Sport (eg British Skeleton) and Rehabilitation (eg Ministry of Defence). You will have the opportunity to apply your work outside the project to other research in the centre, including commercial projects with the creative industries. CAMERA has a strong track record of commercial work, recently delivering projects with eg Aardman (11:11 Memories Untold) and REWIND (Madame Butterfly).

This is a fixed-term role until December 2022.

For informal enquires please contact Darren Cosker ( or Vinay Namboodiri ( however, please submit your application via the University website.

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

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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.

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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.