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Research Scientist

7 months ago


Improbable Defence, building on the backbone of SpatialOS, has combined world class scientific modelling, market leading AI, mission specific user interfaces and a uniquely flexible and secure deployment model to create a powerful simulation platform tailored to the needs of the war fighter.

Our mission? To enable the most realistic and effective military simulations ever experienced, making defence users more effective on operations and decreasing the cost of military preparedness.

Your Mission

is to help us achieve step changes in capability for simulations of unprecedented realism and complexity, for the purpose of ‘in-silico’ experimentation with the effects of aggressive and defensive action on socio-technical systems: the intertwined systems that make up the environment and society. Via R&D in machine learning, statistical inference and computer science, we produce novel methodology and tooling for modellers of complex systems.

We are a team of experienced researchers and software engineers interested in removing computational and information bottlenecks in the design and validation of models of complex systems, typically aimed at counterfactual analysis and simulation.

We aim to ensure that models of complex systems are sound, statistically calibrated against real-world evidence, and built in a modular fashion to ensure that more complex models can be synthesized by combining models of simpler components. We are also interested in policy optimisation and reinforcement learning strategies for multiple autonomous agents operating within this synthetic environment. This puts our work at a crossroads between agent-based modelling, multi-agent systems and complex systems.

We collaborate with some of the leading academic research groups in the UK. We take inspiration from the success of general-purpose tuning algorithms and resulting frameworks for deep learning (e.g., Tensorflow) and hierarchical Bayesian models (e.g., Stan or Pyro), and aspire to build analogous tools for modelling complex agent systems. Our prior work includes an in-house probabilistic programming language, Keanu.

Areas for Impact

We'd like to hear from you if you identify with the following:

While we think the above experience could be important, we’re keen to hear from people that believe they have valuable experience to bring to the role. If you identify with the team and mission, but not all of our requirements, then please still apply!!

Equal Opportunity

The best ideas are often the least expected and require new ways of thinking; that’s why our teams at Improbable are made up of an incredible range of talented people. Improbable is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, colour, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any other legally protected status.

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