Research Fellow - NLP and ML/AI-based Decision Support Tool (103826 - 0721) . Job Reference: 1878089

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

August 17, 2021


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£30,942 - £40,322 per annum


University of Warwick - Coventry

Vacancy Overview

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 data sets. 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 NLP libraries.

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 facilities. 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. https: //

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 structure (£30,942).

Interview Date - TBC

Job Description


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.


Project Specific Responsibilities

• Design, development, testing and documenting algorithms to process complex technical texts

• Developing techniques to support semantic similarity and paraphrase detection

• Contributing to the integration and testing of algorithms as a processing tool generating explainable outputs

Principal Accountabilities

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 research.

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 activity.

5. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.

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 bodies.

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 the department.

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 projects.

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.

Person Specification

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) Presentation.

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)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

17 Aug 2021

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