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Research Fellow/Officer in Crime Data Analytics

University of Leeds - Faculty of Education, Social Sciences & Law - School of Law

Location: Leeds
Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 p.a. pro rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th July 2018
Closes: 17th August 2018
Job Ref: ESLLW1108

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a research interest in crime data analytics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

You will work on a research project funded by the N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP) led by Professor Graham Farrell with Dr Dan Birks (both School of Law) and Dr Nick Malleson (School of Geography), in collaboration with a consortium of eight police forces with West Yorkshire Police as the lead. 

Police forces collect extremely large volumes of data from their Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems. These are placed strategically to identify vehicles that are associated with crime in some way. Although these systems have been collecting substantial amounts of information about the movements of vehicles, there has been very little work looking at their efficacy beyond assisting with criminal investigations, nor how forces might make the best use of this complex data set. The successful candidate for this role will have responsibility for key aspects of data analysis and data collection and will assist in the data analysis, writing of interim and final reports and the dissemination of the findings. 

With a Master’s level degree in computing, data science or equivalent relevant experience, you will possess excellent research, analytical and writing skills and the ability to deal with a variety of tasks to set deadlines. The ability to work alone, as part of a team and with a range of people is essential, along with strong organisational skills. You may be required to undertake background checks including a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The University of Leeds is a diverse, multi-cultural environment. We welcome applications from all sections of society and the successful applicant will be expected to work within University values and policies which are designed to promote dignity, diversity and inclusiveness.

As part of your application, please could you submit copies of your two strongest publications? These should represent your best work in terms of originality, significance and rigour and both should be published since January 2014. One could be a draft that has been submitted or is close to submission.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Graham Farrell, Principal Investigator

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5950; email: 

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 p.a. pro rata
Due to funding limitations the maximum salary will be £32,548
Working Time: 2.5 days per week, 50% of full-time equivalent
Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 30 April 2019)

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