Research Fellow in Information Systems Management University of Warwick, Warwick Business School United Kingdom

Research Fellow 


Vacancy Type/Job category Research Only

Department Warwick Business School

Sub Department Information Systems Management

Salary £30,395 - £39,609 per annum (pro-rata)

Location University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy OverviewThis post is available as a full time or two part time posts (18.25 hours), fixed term appointment until 31/12/2019. Please specify your preference in your application.


Working with a team of researchers in Warwick Business School and industrial partner (Law firm) to develop cutting edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for litigation decisions. The focus of the project is on investigating the feasibility of applying machine learning algorithms to the large-scale extraction of accurate data from court documents and litigation decision making. The post is funded by Innovate UK and is fixed-term for 12 months, and will be based at WBS (Information Systems and Management (ISM) Group and Artificial Intelligence Innovation Network (AIIN))


You will be a highly motivated individual with a background in Computer Science/Data Science or related field with strong working knowledge of machine learning, natural language processing and statistics. You will be experienced in working with either of the machine learning and NLP libraries such as TensorFlow, Theano, PyTorch, Caffe, Keras, Scikit-learn, etc. You will be responsible for research design, data collection and analysis, development and testing Machine Learning algorithms.


Informal enquiries to Professor Joe Nandhakumar


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 a Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£29,515 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,395 pa).

Closing Date: 20 January 2019


Job Description

Job Purpose

Undertake research in order to support the work of the department, develop, and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of the project.


Duties and Responsibilities 

Principal Accountabilities 
Research and scholarship 
• 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. 
• Conduct individual and collaborative research projects. 
• Write up research work for publication. 
• Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity. 
• May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda. 
• May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups. 
• May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other bodies. 
• Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature. 
• Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism. 
Administration and Other Activities 
• 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. 
• Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work. 
• 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 (obtained or near completion) or equivalent in computer science/data science or related field with strong working knowledge of machine learning, natural language processing and statistics (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant field.(a) (c)

Essential Criteria 3

A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high quality research output.(a) (c)

Essential Criteria 4

Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.(a) (c)

Essential Criteria 5

An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content.(a) (c)

Essential Criteria 6

Proven experience in applying machine learning to solve complex problems. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 7

Strong programming experience: preferred language of experience is Python but flexible to be extended to Matlab or other machine learning coding experience.(a) (c)

Essential Criteria 8

Experience with at least one of the frameworks (e.g. PyTorch, Caffe, TensorFlow, Theano, Keras) (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience in working in a software development team. (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Ability to write research reports in styles accessible to non-academic audiences.(a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Good understanding of NLP techniques for text representation, semantic extraction techniques, data structures and modelling.(a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Knowledge of UK legal system. (a) (c)

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


Warwick Business School (WBS) is a world-class business school at the heart of a world-class University. We are recognised for our academic excellence, our determination to challenge assumptions, and our connectivity to the broader university. We offer a broad range of undergraduate, graduate and executive courses. We recruit the brightest students, offer exceptional learning experiences, have a positive impact on society, produce impactful research that is published in premier journals, and employ outstanding faculty who are global experts in their fields. We are a global school with a cosmopolitan outlook. We believe in the power of an entrepreneurial mind-set to change the world for the better, and that business schools should have a significant role in fuelling that change. So we welcome the problem solvers, value creators and change makers who share our intellectual curiosity. As one of Europe’s leading global business schools we set out to lead the debate through our transformative research, and to develop inquisitive minds that will make a positive impact in an ever-changing world.


Our vision is: to be Europe’s leading University-based Business School, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. Our vision is supported by our three-fold mission:

• To develop cutting-edge research that leads debate and deepens our understanding of the practice of business and management.
• To provide a transformational learning experience, enabling our stakeholders to realise their full potential.
• To work in partnership with policy and practice, both in terms of our research and teaching activities, to catalyse the impact of our work.


Our reputation is based on our world-class staff, both academic and administrative, and world-class facilities. In addition, we have a very talented and diverse student body, with students from around 120 countries across our undergraduate, masters, MBA, PhD and DBA programmes.


Accreditation and rankings 

WBS is proud to be part of an elite group of global business schools who have been accredited by all three premier international management education bodies: 

• European Foundation for Management Development’s quality inspectorate, EQUIS 

• The Association of MBAs, based in the UK 

• AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, based in the USA. WBS was the first UK institution to attain this accreditation 
Current details of our placing in the various media-based rankings can be found here. 

The Financial Times

• Ranks our Full-time MBA in the global top 45 and 5th in the UK 
• Ranks our Distance learning MBA 1st in the world 
• Ranks our Executive MBA in the world’s top 25 and 4th in the UK for stand-alone Executive MBAs 
• Ranks our MSc in Finance 13th in the world and 3rd in the UK. 
• Ranks our MSc in Management 21st in the world and 3rd in the UK. 

The Economist 

• Ranks our Full-time MBA 18th in the world and 1st in the UK 
• Ranks our Executive MBA 10th in the world and 2nd in the UK. 

WBS London, The Shard 

In 2015, WBS opened its downtown campus at London’s iconic building, The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, offering the following part-time courses: 
• DBA – Doctor of Business Administration 
• Executive MBA 
• Tailored Executive Education courses for companies and individuals 
• Postgraduate qualifications in Central Banking and Financial Regulation, delivered exclusively for, and in partnership with, the Bank of England. 

Why WBS? 

Our academics produce world-leading research in all fields of management, which is why we attract the very best PhD candidates. 100% of full-time faculty who both teach and research at WBS have PhDs and our doctoral community is thriving. 

We offer a range of executive education programmes including diplomas, short courses, and customised programmes for corporate clients and individuals, and consult with industry to keep our programmes fresh, relevant, and accessible. The fact that many graduates return for further study with us later in their careers demonstrates our effective blend of academic research with the practicalities of the workplace. 

Warwick Business School is one of just two business schools in the UK to be recognised for advancing gender equality. In 2018 the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) awarded Warwick Business School a silver Athena SWAN award for its progress in gender equality. Warwick Business School is the first business school to receive a silver award. 

Right to work in the UK

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2.

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 Date20 Jan 2019

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