AI Foundry Project - Technical Specialist (Data Sc...

Location: Manchester

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A bit about the School of Science, Engineering & Environment (SEE)…

The School aims to transform the quality of life for society and the well-being of future generations through a better and more sustainable future, offering students programmes from Architecture to Zoology.
Industry collaboration is at the core of what we do. This is combined with a passion for research and finding solutions to real world problems and those that we may face in the future. Our work is truly interdisciplinary with a strong focus on developing our knowledge for our colleagues as well as students.

The University’s Campus Masterplan includes three new buildings for the SEE School and marks a real step change in our ability to deliver world leading research and innovation. The SEE School itself will have a brand-new dedicated building that will house many of our colleagues under one roof, a new ERDF funded Robotics Centre, as well as our ‘Energy House 2.0’ – an unrivalled environment to develop future energy saving products.

So, what will the role involve?

During difficult times, the University of Salford are proud to announce that the School of Science, Engineering and Environment (SSEE) have a fantastic opportunity for not one but two AI Foundry Project - Technical Specialist (Data Scientist)!

The ERDF GM AI Foundry is an exciting project that brings together 4 major North West universities in a high profile, collaborative consortium. They will assist regional SMEs in developing business growth through the application and utilisation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for innovation.

As with any role it is really important we find the right people. You will believe in and exert all our Salford Behaviours, as this will ensure you fit right in. As a test for a few of these, can you connect with people and genuinely form inclusive networks and positive relationships that generate energy and debate? Can you positively influence people and situations and communicate complex ideas and personal opinions simply and objectively – put simply are you inspiring? Can you openly collaborate with others to bring the best minds to a situation and facilitate new thinking and innovative solutions – in other words co-create? If the answer to these is yes, then read on.

Whilst Salford Behaviours lie at the heart of what we do, as a key player you will be highly motivated, hold high standards and have the ability to work in an evolving fast-paced environment. You will be confident, either as a team or working on your own initiative and have the ability to work under pressure. You will have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and you will stand out from the crowd with your knowledge and experience of data science and AI toolkits, methods and languages.

The University also recognises the work it needs to do around diversity. A key part of this role is therefore to contribute to our thinking and be challenging on how Salford can transform the way it addresses equity disparities, embraces diversity and becomes more inclusive.

If you have the behaviours and skillset as outlined above, then we definitely want to hear from you.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Sunil Vadera at

Please note this vacancy closes at 23:59 on the date specified.
Please note the starting salary for this role is £28,331.

What’s in it for you?

With over 200 languages spoken across Greater Manchester, we want to create an inspirational, inclusive learning and working environment, celebrating the diversity of our University community in our everyday conversations. Our student population is already incredibly diverse and we want to ensure this is reflected across our colleague profile as well.

To help you, we have wide ranging colleague support networks, promoting awareness events throughout the year and giving you the opportunity to share your experiences with others. Our extensive faith centre facilities reflect our continuing commitment to support the student and colleague experience and the beliefs and values you bring to our community.

There is a varied benefits package available through ‘MySalford’ where you can tailor your benefits to suit your own lifestyle – everything from additional annual leave, savings on High Street shopping, travel discounts as well as health and wellbeing support. To maintain work/life balance, when appropriate you can connect to work from wherever you are. Whether it’s our Peel Park Campus, MediaCityUK or your couch at home, the tools are there for you to do your best work. Flexibility on working from home is supported where possible, however the role will be based on the University of Salford campus.

However you identify, whatever your pathway has been to get here, come and join us at the University of Salford where we are all proud to belong - watch us in action here!

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