About the placement

This is an exciting opportunity to join us as a placement student and work with our outstanding team and to contribute to advancing the state of the art in machine learning. We have five research placements available in 2021 in the area of probabilistic modelling and Bayesian optimisation.

Candidates may either choose to work on one of the proposed topics or to submit their own research proposal. Here are the links to possible projects where you can get involved:

Efficient sampling from GP models

Bayesian optimisation with deep Gaussian process models

Bayesian optimisation for the automated statistician

Secondmind is home to a world-class, cross-disciplinary team of researchers and engineers. As a member of Secondmind Labs, you will pursue original research ideas as well as contribute to developing algorithms that will be used in products with our existing and future customers.

Led by Professor Carl Rasmussen and Dr Nicolas Durrande, the team publishes findings at top ML venues including NeurIPS, ICML, JMLR and ICLR (Click here to learn more). We have an outstanding track record publishing influential papers and we have received the best paper awards at ICML 2019, AISTAT 2020 and AISTATS 2021.

What will you be responsible for?

  • You will conduct a three month research placement as part of one of our research teams
  • You will produce research code that may become part of Secondmind's ML internal tools, or part of an open source project (such as GPflow, GPflux or Trieste).
  • You will write a short report on your research, typically with a view to submit at an ML conference.
  • You will participate in and engage with research activities within the company including seminars, research meetings and discussions.  

What skills, experience and qualifications are we looking for?

  • You’re currently part of a PhD program in machine learning
  • Programming skills in python/tensorflow
  • Good scientific communication skills, e.g. through publication at a machine learning conference.

To apply, please provide

  • A copy of your CV that shows evidence of your research experience (e.g. publications or links to submitted work)
  • A cover letter that specifies which project(s) described in the link above you’d like to work on, or if you would like to put forward a topic of your own.
  • If relevant, a one-page project proposal outlining your intended research and how it fits with the work at Secondmind.

Contract and Location - Successful applicants will be offered a three months fixed term working position. Although this may be revisited depending on how the situation evolves, we currently expect applicants to be present physically in Cambridge during the placement duration. Applicants are thus expected to be able to fulfil the requirements associated with right to work in the UK.

Intellectual Property Rights - We will require a signed agreement from your University assigning the ownership of any IP generated during the course of your placement to Secondmind. It is recommended that you make contact with an authorised signatory at your University early in the application process to minimise any delays.

About Secondmind

We are Secondmind, born in 2016, with a mission: to empower people to make better decisions. We are a cross-disciplinary team of researchers, engineers and product managers based in Cambridge, UK, a global centre of AI excellence. Through combining branches of mathematics and engineering in ways that have never been done before, our integrated approach - and our industry-leading research credentials - gives us a unique competitive advantage.

We take pride in our diversity, valuing the experience and expertise that people from different backgrounds bring to our organisation. Our team of talented people from all over the globe is collaborative, innovative, ambitious, optimistic and curious.

We are on a mission to empower people to make better decisions. Because people powered by AI, make better decisions.

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For informal enquiries about the role, please get in touch with Victor Picheny at victor[at]secondmind[dot]ai.

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