KTP Associate (Natural Language Processing)

University of Essex - School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are a unique UK-wide activity that help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity by making better use of the knowledge, technology and skills within universities, colleges and research organisations.  Further information is available at: www.ktponline.org.uk


The University of Essex in partnership with Essex County Council offers an exciting opportunity to a graduate to design a potentially marketable product using Natural Language Processing which could produce summaries forming briefing notes, and improve quality of information available to decision makers. This post is fixed term for 24 months and is based at the Essex County Council offices in Chelmsford.

Please note this role is subject to funding approval (funding outcome expected early November 2017).


The duties of the post will include:

  • To embed and exploit Natural Language Processing to process large volumes of government information – as agreed by Essex Council, producing a number of key products through the following analysis:
  • Automatic text processing and summarisation.
  • Develop machine learning (or deep learning) techniques where suitable in order to accelerate the testing and development of the product range. 
  • Develop a multi-document summarisation tool.
  • Develop a single-document and query-based summarisation.
  • Promote wider adoption of Natural Language Processing within the Council.
  • Assess and build appropriate data sets, plans and maintains database structures.


The post holder must have:

  • MSc in Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related discipline.
  • Good theoretical and applied knowledge in a range of statistical and computational techniques, particularly Natural Language Processing, classification methods and/or machine learning, Artificial Intelligence and data visualisation.
  • Experience of working with unstructured data.
  • Good knowledge and experience of high level programming languages (preferably R, C#, Java or Python).
  • Knowledge and experience of working with databases (preferably SQL Server).
  • Knowledge of Javascript.


As a KTP Associate, the post will offer the following benefits:

  • Research Budgets: A personal development budget of £4,000, travel budget of £4,500 and consumables budget of £3000 (exclusive of salary).
  • The potential to study a part fee-waived qualification via the university.
  • Management training and mentoring by an Innovate UK KTP Adviser.
  • Opportunity to learn first-hand how local government policy is designed and implemented.
  • To contribute toward evidence-based policy making, in an interesting and challenging role, with exposure to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Full access to university resources to complete the project. 
  • World-leading Academic and Company project supervision, with project support by a dedicated, sector leading KTP Office.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button below to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

Our website http://www.essex.ac.uk contains more information about the University of Essex. If you have a disability and would like information in a different format, please telephone (01206) 874588 / 873521.

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