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Research Assistant

Swansea University - Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law

Location: Swansea
Salary: £30,046 to £33,797 per annum together with USS pension benefits.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st January 2020
Closes: 23rd February 2020
Job Ref: AC03974

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date: 23-02-2020

Salary: £30,046 to £33,797 per annum together with USS pension benefits

Hours of Work: 35 hours per week, however applications for part-time work will be considered.

Contract: This fixed term post has been funded by the ERDF-supported Legal Innovation Lab Wales Operation to June 2023

Location: This position will be based at Swansea University at the Singleton Campus

Background Information

Legal Innovation Lab Wales is a £5.6 million initiative within the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. Backed by the Welsh European Funding Office with £4 million of European Regional Development Funds, Legal Innovation Lab Wales encourages innovation in LegalTech and Access to Justice, as well as in countering terrorist and criminal use of the internet. The project will deliver a suite of sector-leading research and collaboration facilities, including: a Legal AI laboratory; a cyber threats research suite; a legal innovation centre housing the School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Law (see below), and a Law Clinic where LegalTech innovation and collaboration can be piloted, leading to the deployment of applications and platforms that support access to justice.

Main Duties

  • Conduct research and development of Computational Law projects under the direction of the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Law.
  • Develop project requirements and prototype software applications using development approaches such as Agile or similar.
  • Pro-actively contribute to and conduct research, including gather, prepare and analyse data, generate original ideas, and present results.
  • Prepare reports and papers describing the results of the research, both confidential and for publication.
  • Be self-motivated, apply and use their initiative, aiming to determine suitable ways to tackle challenges and seeking guidance when needed
  • Interact positively and professionally with other collaborators and partners within the College and elsewhere in the University and beyond as appropriate such as in industry/commerce, public organisations, and academia.

Person Specification

Essential criteria:

  • A first Class Bachelor’s degree or above in Computer Science or equivalent.
  • Evidence of strong and diverse programming skills.
  • Experience of full-stack programming.
  • Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research projects.
  • A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the projects.
  • Experience working with software engineering methodologies.
  • Familiarity with areas of the theory and application of Artificial Intelligence, e.g., Knowledge Graph, Argumentation/Common-sense Reasoning, Logic, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Corpus Linguistics, or others.
  • A commitment to continuous professional development.

Desirable Criteria

  • A Masters in Computer Science.
  • Work experience in Software Engineering.
  • Programming in Python, Functional Programming, or Logic Programming.
  • Skills in data mining.
  • Demonstrable commitment to open-source research and development.
  • Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to researching, writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed conferences or journals.
  • Familiarity with legal informatics or Computational Law.
  • Skill in managing servers and packaging applications in containers.

Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

Informal enquiries may be directed to: Dr Adam Wyner, Associate Professor of Law and Computer Science and Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Law:

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