AI Institute recruitment

Join our truly innovative and cross-disciplinary environment putting people at the heart of AI. You will pioneer the future of trustworthy, responsible and inclusive AI for education, healthcare, wellbeing, social interaction, entertainment, work and sustainability. We are looking for the next generation of inspiring research leaders with a passion for shaping AI to create a brighter future for everyone.

AI Institute recruitment pack

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The pan-University Institute brings together Surrey’s core AI-related expertise in vision, speech and signal processing, computer science, and mathematics, with its domain expertise across engineering and physical sciences, human and animal health, law and regulation, business, finance and the social sciences.

Breaking down the traditional barriers of academic research, the Institute is a home for research leaders with a strong interdisciplinary ethos and a shared vision of shaping AI responsibly for the public good. As an academic within the pan-University Institute, you will become a catalyst for driving this transformation, playing a pivotal role in building the University’s activity in AI, as well as nurturing and inspiring the next generation of AI specialists.

AI research at Surrey

Number one in the UK for computer vision and audio-visual AI research, we have 30 years of leadership in both fundamental AI theory and world-leading applications of people-centred AI, and a strong track record of partnership with industry leading to successful commercialisation of our research.

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We are currently looking for candidates to work within two areas of artificial intelligence:

People-centred artificial intelligence

We’re looking for talented and enthusiastic people with a strong track record in core AI disciplines, and domain specialists with a track record of advancing AI-related research (in their domain). Relevant areas of AI include:

  • Computer vision
  • Natural language processing  
  • Machine perception
  • Machine learning
  • Deep learning 
  • Reinforcement learning 
  • Data science.

We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community. Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

Positions available

The academics appointed will themselves shape the Institute within strategic areas it encompasses, so while we are broadly looking for candidates to fill the areas of interest listed below, we are open to applications from academics outside these topics who feel they have something unique to contribute in the field and to lead the next generation of research in people-centred AI (PDF).

Once you have decided on your area of research and level you'd like to apply for from the below listings, please apply online.

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made to Professor Adrian Hilton by email at

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Chair in machine learning and artificial intelligence

We are also looking for two professional candidates who can lead a substantial and sustained portfolio of research in any of the following areas:

  • Trustworthy AI (explainable, secure and privacy preserving machine learning)
  • Deep learning for natural language processing
  • Computational neuroscience and machine learning
  • Distributed machine learning and optimisation
  • AI planning and optimal control.

We are looking to recruit two candidates at professor or reader level.

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made to Dr Mark Manulis by email at

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