Research Assistant/Associate in Software Engineer

Imperial College London Department of Computing

United Kingdom

Job summary

We are seeking this post to support the design and development of a software towards deployment in the real word, such as in Policing. The post-holder will be part of a multidisciplinary team investigating AI-enabled systems for tackling online child sex offending. The post-holder will thus have the opportunity to develop her/his expertise on dissemination of research through interactions with other researchers in Forensic Psychology and...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01744
  • Date posted 10 June 2021
  • Closing date 30 June 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Part time, fixed term
  • Salary £36,045 – £48,340 (pro rata) plus benefits
  • Department Department of Computing
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking this post to support the design and development of a software towards deployment in the real word, such as in Policing. The post-holder will be part of a multidisciplinary team investigating AI-enabled systems for tackling online child sex offending. The post-holder will thus have the opportunity to develop her/his expertise on dissemination of research through interactions with other researchers in Forensic Psychology and Linguistics, and with end-users at the National Crime Agency.

While machine-leaning enabled systems have witnessed huge advances in recent years, concerns surrounding their adequacy and safety have also grown, e.g., in the context of high-risk, decision making. Overcoming these challenges requires rigorous software design and development processes that methodically factor in carefully human-in-the-loop where/when required.

Imperial College London is a world-class university with a mission to benefit society through excellence in science, engineering, medicine and business. With the highest research grant income of any UK university, Imperial has a long and successful track-record of technology development and commercialisation. The Department of Computing at Imperial College London is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities. The department has achieved top results in each of the research assessment exercises undertaken by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. There are over fifty academic staff members actively involved in research, creating a lively and stimulating atmosphere. The department is located in central London, next to Hyde Park and the museums of South Kensington.

Duties and responsibilities

The post-holder will liaise closely with stakeholders and researchers to understand their requirements before working with them and other members of the team to guide the design and implement appropriate solutions. She/he will have access to the research software engineering team for additional support in the selection of appropriate technologies but will be expected to take responsibility for their own work and routinely make technical decisions.

The role presents an opportunity to actively participate in research, applying innovative technologies to diverse and meaningful challenges. It will suit a well-organised and open-minded engineer keen to participate in a broad variety of software development and data science projects in a multidisciplinary team.

This project is being conducted by a consortium of universities (Aston University, University of Bath and Imperial College London). The research contract is initially agreed until March 31st 2022 hence all posts are fixed-term contracts but follow-on funding is anticipated (although cannot be guaranteed).

Essential requirements

    • At Research Assistant Level - Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) or Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject
    • At Research Associate Level - A PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant area.
    • Experience of analysing, researching and solving complex programming problems
    • Demonstrable knowledge of languages commonly used for research computing: Python, C/C++ and R or MATLAB
    • Full-cycle software development, including design, implementation and deployment
    • Significant involvement in a least one substantial software project using relevant technologies
    • Knowledge of best-practice techniques for software development including testing, build automation and continuous deployment, and the use of containers

Please see job description for full list of requirements

You need to have lived in the UK for the last 5 years as this position requires national security vetting with a requirement to obtain and maintain Security Check clearance:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/709162/Vetting_Clearance_Guidance.pdf

Therefore, once we have interviewed and selected a candidate, they must be prepared to go through vetting before receiving an offer of employment.

For this reason, upon offer the post-holder must be prepared to go through vetting. Upon successful vetting, the post may be offered full-time.

*Candidates close to completion of their PhD will be initially appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

Further information

In addition to completing the online application candidate should attach.

  1. A two-page CV including a publication list.
  2. A two-page research statement  

Informal inquiries are encouraged and can be addressed to Dr Dalal Alrajeh: dalal.alrajeh04@imperial.ac.uk

For queries regarding the application process contact Jamie Perrins: j.perrins@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online please email support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research


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