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Corpus Linguist: KTP Associate (Fixed term for 24 months)

Birmingham City University - Birmingham Institute of Media and English

This is an exciting opportunity for a Corpus Linguist to work in collaboration with Renato Software Limited and leading academics in The School of English at Birmingham City University (BCU) to enhance the safeguarding and wellbeing capabilities of Senso.cloud – a cloud-based IT monitoring and management solution for schools and enterprise. For more information please visit https://senso.cloud/gb/

As the Associate on this Innovate UK-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you will work to improve the linguistic analysis capabilities of a growth-oriented software company specialising in online safeguarding. Applying your expertise in linguistics, you will enhance Senso.cloud’s ability to efficiently and effectively capture and evaluate online harms and threats (e.g. abuse, bullying, extremism, harassment, radicalisation, self-harm) by researching, designing, developing, and implementing new tools that will improve the safeguarding capabilities of institutions bound by a duty of care to service users (e.g. schools). Ultimately, you will work to improve the lives of children by creating tools that will be used for safeguarding in schools.

LOCATION 

The successful applicant will be employed by BCU and will be based at Renato Software Limited, Nottingham (NG12 4DG). The KTP Associate will be supported and mentored by academics from The School of English for the duration of the project (24 months). 

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PARTNERSHIP 

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme co-funded by Innovate UK. KTPs provide 1000+ high calibre jobs working with business across the UK and offer a wide range of benefits, including access to a £2,000 per annum (£4000 in total) Personal Development budget to upskill during the project. For more information, please go to:?https://www.ktp-uk.org/.   

The KTP Associate should have a minimum 2.1 University qualification in a relevant subject area and graduated within the last five years. 

It is essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position.  For more information, please go to: http://bcuadvantage.co.uk/funding/knowledge-transfer-partnerships 

 SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE 

 Essential   

  •  Educated to postgraduate level in Corpus Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, or equivalent. A PhD in Corpus Linguistics preferred,
  • Understanding or familiarity with current issues in online harms and safeguarding 
  • Demonstrable experience of collecting and working with large, specialised corpora for empirical linguistic research 
  • Team and independent working – the candidate will have an aptitude for working effectively both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. The candidate will have to navigate multiple business teams within the organisation to drive innovation. 
  • Excellent presentation and written communication skills – the candidate will be expected to articulate complex ideas effectively across teams and to both expert and non-expert audiences 

Desirable 

  •  Strong academic credentials as evidenced by research publication (preferably in Linguistics or Corpus Linguistics) 
  • Experience of software development/programming in R and/or Python, or a willingness to learn 
  • Familiarity with data science and natural language processing techniques and technologies, or a willingness to learn 
  • An interest in UX/UI 
  • A willingness to learn and be challenged – the candidate will be comfortable with constructive critique and challenging orthodoxies 
  • Good persuasion and negotiation skills – the candidate will be able to lead and drive change and will make an excellent ambassador for BCU, Renato/Senso, and the KTP project 
  • Organisation and time management skills – the candidate will be able to effectively manage their own time within the scope of the project and to produce high quality work to tight deadlines 

For informal inquiries about this role, please contact Dr. Mark McGlashan at Mark.McGlashan@bcu.ac.uk 

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The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths and backgrounds.

It is each individual successful applicants responsibility to ensure that they have permission to work in the UK. Some applicants may require sponsorship from the University and a visa from UKVI to take up the role if successful. More information on this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Some roles are not capable of sponsorship because they do not meet the UKVI criteria relating to skill and salary level. If you are unsure as to whether you would require sponsorship if successful, or whether the role is capable of sponsorship, please contact us: RTinbox@bcu.ac.uk

Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.  All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do . This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy. The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many  different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve.  We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and actively encourage unique contributions, in particular from under-represented groups in respect of age, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status

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Location: Nottinghamshire
Salary: £33,000 to £35,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th July 2022
Closes: 15th August 2022
Job Ref: 072022-365
   
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