Vacancy Type/Job category
£30,942 - £40,322 per annum
University of Warwick - Coventry
Fixed Term Contract until 31/03/22
36.5 hours per week
The WMG Cyber Security Centre, at the University of Warwick, undertakes
specialist research regarding secure and trustworthy processing of complex
We have a project to develop explainable algorithms for the processing of
complex text data as a decision support tool for professional engineers,
patent examiners and lawyers.
We are therefore looking for a dynamic early career researcher who shows both
an experience in, and passion for, the field of natural language processing
and machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI).
The primary purpose of this role is to contribute to the research required to
develop a novel tool that will support engineers, patent examiners and layers
processing complex technical documents.
The project will involve the use of natural language processing (NLP)
software, developing machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI)
along with file processing, data manipulation, retrieval and storage.
You will need a PhD in a relevant discipline, along with a research interest
in this area, and evidence of working with NLP packages, in particular Python
In return we will provide a great range of benefits which include an
attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas
closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and
excellent learning and development opportunities.
At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential.
We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick
holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognises the
advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for
all in academia.
We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous
maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare
We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible
working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there
are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.
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If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have
recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research
Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon
successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted
to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade
Interview Date - TBC
You will undertake research regarding the development of a decision support
tool to assist the processing of complex technical documents.
You will assist the Line Manager, Project Director and Project Collaborators
in the successful execution of the project. There is some flexibility in the
areas of specialism sought from the successful candidate.
The Department would however be particularly interested in the candidate
having a research profile relating to semantic similarity and paraphrase
detection and the development of novel neural network-based models.
The applicant is expected to contribute towards current and future work from
within the team alongside using their skills, knowledge and experience to
assist in the growth and capability strategy.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
Project Specific Responsibilities
• Design, development, testing and documenting algorithms to process complex
• Developing techniques to support semantic similarity and paraphrase
• Contributing to the integration and testing of algorithms as a processing
tool generating explainable outputs
Research and scholarship
1. Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to
assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint
2. Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.
3. Write up research work for publication.
4. Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research
5. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies,
e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research
6. May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies
supervising research, e.g. steering groups.
7. May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other
8. Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of
a specialist or highly technical nature.
9. Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.
Teaching and Learning Support
1. Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in
2. Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of
student research skills.
3. May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of
Administration and Other Activities
1. May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where
necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the
faculty and the University.
2. Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
3. Work within budget constraints.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by
(a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d)
Essential Criteria 1
Good honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent doctoral
qualification in relevant discipline (a)
Essential Criteria 2
A research interest in the use of natural language processing (NLP), machine
learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 3
Evidence of working with NLP packages, in particular Python NLP libraries
(a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 4
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant
field. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 5
A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high
quality research output. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of
research methods and techniques to work within established research
programmes. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in
order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 8
An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
research content. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 9
Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and
training skills (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 10
Good interpersonal skills (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 11
Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and contribute
positively to a collegial team environment and to be able to work
independently. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 12
Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work
to tight deadlines (a) (c).
Essential Criteria 13
Ability to hold a UK security clearance (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 14
Capable of holding a UK security clearance (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both
academic and, where relevant, industry audiences (a) (c)
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environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We
welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected
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