Research and Course Development Fellow in Law and Technology

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Oxford, ENGLAND
Deadline: 03 Jan 2019

The Research and Course Development Fellow will undertake research and the development of teaching in the programme Unlocking the Potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for English Law, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Reporting to the Principal Investigator, Professor John Armour and working directly with the co-Investigators and leaders for this work package, Professor Rebecca Williams (Law) and Professor Ewart Keep (Education), the postholder will have responsibility for carrying out research and course development for Work Package 5 (Law and Technology Education).

The ESRC Programme runs over 2 years from January 2019, and this post is an appointment for up to 24 months, finishing on 20 December 2020. The postholder is expected to work closely with the Principal Investigators, and to coordinate with Principal Investigators and junior members of the other Work Packages in the research programme.

Unlocking the Potential of AI for English Law is a research collaboration between various departments within the University of Oxford including Law, Economics, Social Policy, Computer Science, Education and the Saïd Business School and a range of private sector organisations. The stakes for AI's implementation in UK legal services are high. If executed effectively, it is an opportunity to improve legal services not only for export but also for domestic business and individuals. This research seeks to identify how constraints on the implementation of AI in legal services can be relaxed to unlock its potential for good.

The successful candidate will conduct research within the project themes. S/he will in conjunction with the Principal Investigators, work to design and deliver innovative course materials for (i) university students and (ii) professionals, drawing on the results of analysis of educational need. S/he will liaise with Co-Investigators and research staff across disciplines in other Work Packages in the AI for English Law programme and colleagues in private sector partner organisations to prepare appropriate course content, and will assist in structuring pilot courses to capture survey and other data from participants regarding their efficacy.

Applicants should hold, or be nearing completion of, a relevant relevant PhD/DPhil in Law, Education, Computer Science, or other relevant discipline, together with relevant experience; have excellent research skills and the ability to contribute, under the direction of the Principal Investigators, to the design, analysis and writing of scholarly articles, papers and monographs, as evidenced in research training and written work and a professional familiarity with scholarly literature and debates in the relevant area(s), as evidenced in research training and written work.

The post is full-time and will be based at the Faculty of Law, St Cross Building, St Cross Road, Oxford, OX1 3UL

You will be required to complete an application form and upload supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Thursday 3 January 2019. Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 14 January 2019 or week commencing 21 January 2019.

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