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Postdoctoral Researchers in Forensic Speech Science or Forensic Data Science

Aston University - Aston University/Engineering & Applied Science

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £33,199 to £48,677 per annum
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th August 2019
Closes: 30th September 2019
Job Ref: R190353

Grade: 8 to 9

Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 31 July 2022)

Basis: Full Time or Part Time

Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 30 September 2019

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Aston University has recently been awarded GBP 5.4 M from Research England’s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Fund. The money is being used to expand the existing Centre for Forensic Linguistics into the substantially larger Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL). As part of the expansion, we are building a research team with expertise in forensic speech science and in forensic data science. In addition to conducting research in forensic speech science, members of the team will work on forensic inference and statistics more broadly, and on quantitative-measurement and statistical-model based approaches in other branches of forensic science. The latter potentially include but are not limited to: fingerprints, face, gait, ballistics, blood pattern analysis, and linguistics. The Forensic Speech Science Laboratory and the Centre for Forensic Data Science will be headed by Dr Geoffrey Stewart Morrison, and, in addition to the affiliation with AIFL, will be affiliated with the Computer Science Department in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

We welcome applications from those looking to work full-time or part-time. The positions are fixed-term, but the plan is to build a team that will be successful in obtaining additional research funding that will sustain these positions.

We also welcome enquiries from individuals who have obtained or are applying for their own postdoctoral fellowships, e.g., Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships. For suitable candidates we would assist with the application process.

Candidates may apply for both a Postdoctoral Researcher position, and the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position (See Ref R190354).

You must have a commitment to solving forensic problems. Previous experience working on forensic problems would be advantageous, but not essential. A background in forensic speech science, in other branches of forensic science, and/or in forensic inference and statistics would be advantageous, but not essential. At least one of the new team members must have a strong background in state-of-the-art automatic speaker recognition, with an ability to implement systems. Other useful backgrounds for members of the team would include biometrics, machine learning, natural language processing, and acoustic phonetics.

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Geoffrey Stewart Morrison to seek more information about these positions.

Tel:    +44 121 204 3901


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