Artificial Intelligence Topic Leader

Barcelona
Health Moonshot – AI
Full-time
Are you  a rising star in academia, you are on top of your game involving grant applications, student supervision, university administration, and communication and outreach? 
Then it is time to take the next step into a space where you get the chance to solve some of the biggest challenges Artificial Intelligence (AI) has to offer in order to make the world a better place. We are currently creating exactly this environment, and we want you to come over and join us in building it together!
More information below.


Alpha
Europe’s first Moonshot innovation company, with a solid backing, and access to massive data sets -- is building a team to work on groundbreaking and life changing projects and products in the health and energy sector. More and different moonshots to come.
 
TLDR
You (being an experienced and passionate AI/Machine Learning Research Scientist with an entrepreneurial mindset) should join our new Alpha Health AI Research team as a Research Lead because we can offer you:
Very challenging research problems and a long-term horizon under the following topical keywords: Empathic AI; Distributed & Anonymous AI; Trustworthy AI: among others. 
Growth Opportunities in a new and ambitious project 
Build and lead your own team 
Flexibility to manage your own research budget 
Set and manage your own research agenda on AI problems (as aligned to the Moonshot objective to eradicate behaviorally-caused diseases from the top 10 causes of death) 
Freedom to publish your work 
Other perks can be added too. 
 
Alpha AI team
The newly founded AI team in Alpha Health is set up to tackle some of the biggest AI and Machine-Learning challenges we face when working on the Moonshot of eradicating chronic diseases from the list of top causes of death. Our team will consist of an interdisciplinary team of world-class research scientists in the fields of computer science, maths, computational neuroscience, physics and machine-learning. We build proof-of-concept stage prototypes to solve some of the key challenges in AI and Machine-Learning in the field.
 
Specifically, this means solving 3 key challenges in AI:
 
“Empathic AI”: Understanding and reacting to human emotion, measured by multi-modal input 
 
“Anonymous & Distributed Machine-Learning”: Development and implementation of a framework to train ML algorithms without “touching” or “seeing” the users data. (example: Federated Learning & Homomorphic Encryption) 
 
“Trustworthy AI”: Design and implementation of ML algorithms that are “explainable” and no longer a black-box, and therefore help build trust in AI for sensitive use-cases 
 
 
We are looking for a Senior Research Lead to drive Alpha Health’s efforts to push the edge in AI research in any of the above areas.
 
Your responsibilities 
 
● Lead at least one specific work stream to solve the above challenges 
○  Contribute with ideas for possible approaches 
○  Assess the feasibility of approaches and decide on which ones to test and how 
○  Lead the development process of prototypes to test ideas with a technical team 
○  Validate scientifically the performance of approaches 
○  Manage a small portfolio of research projects with external partners 
○  Help recruit technical talent and develop them through your leadership 
○  Publish results or new concepts to contribute to the scientific community 
 
●  Day-to-day responsibility for the Alpha Health AI research strategy - working with the Strategy Director and Head of AI 
○   Ensure that there is a coherent and up-to-day AI research strategy 
○   Horizon scan for possible AI research challenges and opportunities that could become part of our strategy 
○   Engage and manage Alpha Health’s AI stakeholders as far as needed 
○   Work with the contracting process for research partnerships 
 
Your skills and expertise 
 
Established academic (preferably assistant professor/lecturer-level and beyond, but in exceptionally strong cases also PhD and several years of postdoctoral experience) in the field of AI/ML or closely related 
Programming skills (any common of the languages Python, Julia, Matlab, C/C++) 
Experience with research and foundational work in any of the relevant tangent fields (cryptography, distributed systems, psychology, cognitive science, logic etc.) 
Proven entrepreneurial mind-set 
Ability and willingness to lead a research team and set a research agenda 
Significant experience working in interdisciplinary teams in an international setting (preferably working across several time zones) 
Networked in relevant scientific communities 
Good motivator and leader 
Experience publishing in relevant journals and conferences, as well as organizing high-profile events both within academia as well as for a general audience. 
 
Alpha Health 
Worldwide, healthcare costs have been increasing faster than GDP for 50 years, whilst key indicators such as life expectancy have plateaued in many countries.  The root cause is a change in disease burden – across the world, today’s biggest diseases and biggest killers are chronic diseases such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, and mental health disorders.  In fact, for every life saved from infections since 2000, we’ve lost two lives to chronic disease.
However, it’s now well-established that the main cause of chronic diseases is everyday behaviours such as poor diet, lack of exercise, using tobacco, excessive alcohol, or lack of sleep. To make tackling everyday behaviours even harder, pioneers in neuroscience and behavioural economics have begun to reveal that people are not even really in conscious control of their behaviour.
At Alpha, we believe that advances in neuroscience, mobile computing, and machine learning now mean we can help people to take control of their own behaviour, optimise their life, and limit the effects of unhealthy behaviour on their bodies and their minds.
To support our work, we are partnering with the best academics, developers, companies, and professionals around the world.
 
Perks
We provide all the necessary help and perks to make your life at work and outside of work fun and comfortable. This includes full first-class healthcare coverage, cash allowance to pay for your outside activities like gym etc. and of course help moving to Barcelona!
 
Your workplace and equipment will be the latest of its kind and of course you can choose your tools to help you be as effective as possible.
 
Our offices are located in a modern and open space with an amazing view over Barcelona and the Mediterranean coastline. We provide catered lunch and snacks and all throughout the day. 


Anything else you’d desire we can of course take in consideration!