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KEEP+ Research Associate – AI Software Engineer (Fixed Term)
Ref. 50050451

Salary: £23,850 per annum plus £1,000 bonus for meeting project deadline

Department: Faculty of Science & Technology

Location: London


This is an exciting opportunity to work on an ambitious, pioneering project that will involve developing, testing and maintaining a web-based application software which can autonomously analyse a consumer’s problem for legal concept and allocate it within multiple parameters of fields of law. 

The research associate will work with experienced academics and lawyers to undertake the development of this software, including the in-house specialism associated with its development and maintenance of the web-based application software - everything from how to handle user requirements, to respond on user queries and maintain the viability of the product.

Qualifications required:

Bachelor’s degree in computer science (or related subject such as software engineering) with knowledge in developing algorithms and complexity subjects (or related subjects), or equivalent industry/research experience. 

The candidate must possess: 
  • Strong technical skills/experience in software development in programming languages (C#,C++ or Java) and OOP; 
  • Experience working on web development (client-server communication and databases);
  • Experience in working with databases/servers for online data storage/exchange;
  • Use of a variety of machine learning algorithms and databases; 
  • Working experience on an agile engineering project approach. 
Essential skills required:
  • Methodical worker and good team player; 
  • Good self-management skills;
  • Self-motivated with excellent verbal and written communication.
Desirable experience:
  • Working experience on algorithms, data structures and machine learning; 
  • Knowledge on artificial intelligence algorithms and development for pattern recognition; 
  • Experience of working in interdisciplinary projects with field beyond computer science such as the social sciences; 
  • Experience on completed projects; 
  • Experience in web-development. 
Responsibilities in this role include:
  • Developing, testing and embedding software solutions using machine learning and analytics, multimedia and computer security; 
  • Collating and presenting project updates to senior stakeholders and colleagues at conferences and meetings; 
  • Producing management reports; 
  • Support the knowledge transfer process with project updates and maintenance/support documentation/videos. 
Benefits available to you:
  • 28 days annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays) plus an extra day for annual leave on your birthday; 
  • Access to the University's Learning Resources Centres; 
  • £1,000 bonus if project completed within deadline
  • Job interview for full time employment at Legal Utopia on completion of the project. 
About Legal Utopia Ltd:
Legal Utopia is a new and accelerating start-up in technology and law, seeking to solve fundamental challenges of legal services delivery using artificial intelligence. 

About KEEP+:
This post forms an integral role in a Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnerships (KEEP+) project. It provides you with unique opportunity to work with a company to deliver a strategic project and also have access to university expertise and support.

Job reference number: 50050451

Closing date: 05 May 2018

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed on a rolling basis. The vacancy may be closed early, if a suitable candidate is selected before the final closing date.

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Informal enquiries may be made to Markos Mentzelopoulos (M.Mentzelopoulos01@westminster.ac.uk), Paresh Kathrani (P.Kathrani@westminster.ac.uk) or Fraser Matcham (fraser@legalutopia.co.uk) 

Administrative contact: Recruitment@westminster.ac.uk

Please note: We are unable to accept any applications by email. All applications must be made online. CVs in isolation or incomplete application forms will also not be accepted.  

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