Research Scientist – AI for Climate & Sustainability – 3 Months Intern

at IBM
Published January 25, 2023
Location Daresbury, United Kingdom
Category Machine Learning  
Job Type Internship  


Your Role and Responsibilities

IBM Research in the UK is seeking high-calibre candidates with skills in AI, scalable architecture design, and data science to join the IBM Research UK Climate and Sustainability (C&S) team. As a member of the C&S team, you will research, develop, operationalise, and scale novel techniques, and work with complex materials and large climate datasets for discovery and making them consumable in science and business.

We offer a stimulating research environment comprising multi-disciplinary teams with diverse expertise working on challenging projects in a world-class research organisation. We have access to cutting-edge facilities and strong ties with industrial, national, and academic research labs around the globe.


IBM Research is building the next generation of AI and cloud-enabled systems to accelerate scientific discovery across multiple disciplines: from Climate and Sustainability to Therapeutics and Biomarkers. To achieve this, we’re working on projects utilising the latest computational, computer science, and artificial intelligence techniques developed by research scientists.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

We are looking for research scientists with at least a graduate qualification in Computer Science (especially Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science), Engineering, Computational Sciences, or related topics. The following are essential skills for you to succeed in the role.

  • Expertise in natural language processing using LLM, Deep QA, or AI and modelling for geosciences.
  • Strong programming skills using at least one common AI framework.
  • Strong academic record, ideally with publications in top peer-reviewed scientific journals and/or conferences.
  • Ability to listen to others, establish requirements and formulate problems derived from real-world use cases.
  • Carry out independent research and demonstrate research outcomes via advanced prototypes.
  • Strong communication skills and excellent command of the English language, both verbally and in academic writing.

Preferred Technical and Professional Experience

As a preference, you will also be able to show the following:

  • A PhD in Computer Science (especially Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science), Engineering, Computational Sciences, or related topics.
  • Experience in machine learning methodologies and their application in a scientific domain (e.g., materials science) or climate-informed decision-making.
  • Experience working in cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary environments.

Required Education

Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Education

Doctorate Degree

About Business Unit

With more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents, IBM Research brings together hundreds of researchers who possess unparalleled industry expertise to address some of the world's most challenging problems. Join us as we do pioneering work in areas such as cognitive computing, augmented intelligence, quantum computing, and blockchain, to name a few.

Wonder if IBM is the one for you?

In a world where technology never stands still, we understand that, dedication to our clients success, innovation that matters, and trust and personal responsibility in all our relationships, lives in what we do as IBMers as we strive to be the catalyst that makes the world work better.

Being an IBMer means you’ll be able to learn and develop yourself and your career, you’ll be encouraged to be courageous and experiment everyday, all whilst having continuous trust and support in an environment where everyone can thrive whatever their personal or professional background.

Our IBMers are growth minded, always staying curious, open to feedback and learning new information and skills to constantly transform themselves and our company. They are trusted to provide on-going feedback to help other IBMers grow, as well as collaborate with colleagues keeping in mind a team focused approach to include different perspectives to drive exceptional outcomes for our customers. The courage our IBMers have to make critical decisions everyday is essential to IBM becoming the catalyst for progress, always embracing challenges with resources they have to hand, a can-do attitude and always striving for an outcome focused approach within everything that they do.

Are you ready to be an IBMer?

This job requires you to provide your COVID-19 vaccination status with supporting documentation, where legally permissible.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.

Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we’re also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business.

At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

Other Relevant Job Details

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.


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