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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence: Adaptive & Cognitive Systems

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research within the Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town (UCT) is looking to recruit an outstanding candidate for a post-doctoral researcher position. The researcher will work within the Adaptive and Cognitive Systems Lab and will be based in Cape Town.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence: Adaptive & Cognitive Systems

Research focus area

The lab investigates architectures and frameworks for self-learning cognitive systems. The lab's research revolves around integrating various AI techniques including: logic based models (ontologies), probabilistic models (Bayesian networks), and system models (multi-agent systems) for simulation; semantic event analysis, situation detection and situation prediction; representation and reasoning of spatial-temporal event patterns and cognitive vision systems. The lab has a strong applied focus and is involved in projects in the earth observation, astronomy, biodiversity, financial, and health domains.

Value and Tenure:
The value of the fellowship is fixed at R220 000 per annum and is a full-time position, based in Cape Town, and is tenable for one year. No relocation expenses are available. The fellowship carries no benefits and a directive for tax exemption will be applied for by UCT on behalf of the successful candidate.

Conditions and Eligibility:
Both South African and foreign candidates are eligible. Applicants must have completed their doctoral study in the last five years. Applicants may not previously have held full-time academic posts.

·         The applicant will be expected to have an outstanding educational profile in Computer Science, with evidence of interest and an ability to undertake research in the above-mentioned field.

·         The successful candidate will be expected to publish at least one, but ideally two journal or conference publications in DoE accredited journals or conferences, during the fellowship tenure.

·         The successful candidate will be required to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Cape Town and a Memorandum of Understanding with his/her Principal Investigator.


Application requirements:
Applications must include the following:

  • A covering letter explaining the candidate's suitability and experience, as well as his/her availability.
  • The applicant's full curriculum vitae and a full list of publications.
  • The names and contact details of at least two academics who have taught, supervised or worked alongside the applicant.
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts (undergraduate, Honours (if (applicable), Masters (if applicable) and PhD).

All applicants are subject to the policies, procedures and rules according to the postdoctoral sector at the University of Cape Town.

Application deadline
The application deadline is 5 June 2017. Potential candidates are encouraged to contact A/Prof Deshen Moodley ( You should include a CV, academic transcript and a research proposal.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to make no awards at all, to cancel the award if the conditions are not met, and to effect changes to the conditions of the award. The University of Cape town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications.

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