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KTP Associate: Machine Learning & AI Data Scientist

University College London - Computer Science

Location: London
Salary: £30,922 to £42,701 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance, over grades 6B/7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th February 2019
Closes: 13th March 2019
Job Ref: 1791405

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 6. The salary range will be Grade 6B:  £30,922 - £32,607 per annum or Grade 7: £35,328 - £42,701 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Both legal services and insurance services are experiencing unprecedented change. The latest wave of machine learning and AI technologies threatens to transform these industries and this is an opportunity to make a substantial impact in a space that is at the beginning of digital transformation. This is a unique opportunity to gain commercial skills and experience, working inside a dynamic company which is changing the face of risk analytics in the insurance sector, and working alongside world-leading academics on an innovative and scientifically rigorous project.

UCL is one of the UK’s premier universities and is consistently ranked among the world’s top 10. The UCL Department of Computer Science was ranked first in the UK for Computer Science with 96% of its research ranked as internationally excellent (2014 REF).

Kennedys is a global law firm with expertise in litigation/dispute resolution and advisory services, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability sectors. UCL and Kennedys are coming together through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), a national government-backed scheme which helps businesses to innovate and grow, by linking businesses with a university and a highly-qualified graduate, known as a KTP Associate.  We are now recruiting for a KTP Associate who will work on this innovative project putting the latest academic research into practice, based full-time at Kennedys Law offices in London,

The KTP Associate will develop an innovative Emerging Risk Analytics Tool which will identify and track risks from external data sources using algorithmic search, machine learning and natural language processing. The Tool will help Kennedys’ insurer clients identify and quantify future risks (and thereby understand their risk tolerance). The post holder will work to provide Kennedys with unprecedented access to data-informed knowledge and analytics.

This post is funded for 24 months in the first instance.

Candidates will require a Masters in data science or related field, e.g. machine learning, physics, maths, statistics, computer science, natural sciences. You will have experience with scientific programming and practical data science in R or Python (with standard data scientific packages and toolboxes) as well as some basic knowledge of predictive modelling (such as probabilistic risk models and event models) or unstructured data modelling (including NLP, text mining). KTP Associates need to be good communicators with a keen interest in applying academic theory to real-world industrial problems.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922 - £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

UCL vacancy reference: 1791405

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof Tomaso Aste

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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