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Research Assistant/Associate in Accountable Systems (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant £25,728 - £30,688 or Research Associate £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

We have a vacancy for a researcher to work on the upcoming "Realising Accountable Intelligent Systems (RAINS)" project, in collaboration with the Universities of Aberdeen and Oxford. The focus is on issues of transparency and accountability in networked intelligent environments.

This role is to consider the technical aspects for improving accountability, in particular, means for systems and data audit, management and control. We seek candidates with some technical background in one or more related areas, such as security, privacy, provenance & audit, policy-enforcement, trusted computing platforms, distributed systems, IoT/pervasive computing, and so forth. Experience with machine learning is a plus.

The position is with the Compliant and Accountable Systems group that explores the technical-legal aspects of emerging technologies. The group's focus is on better aligning technology with legal concerns, through technical mechanisms for improving transparency, trust and control, and vice-versa.

Candidates should have a strong publication record, demonstrate solid programming/engineering skills and be self-motivated. An interest in the legal, policy, ethical and social/user impacts of emerging technology is desirable, as is experience with interdisciplinary research.

Applicants should also hold a PhD in Computer Science/Engineering or a related technical discipline, or otherwise be similar experienced. Candidates who are close to submitting a PhD will also be considered.

This position can be filled by an appropriate candidate at research assistant or research associate level, depending on relevant qualifications and experience. Appointment at research associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made as a research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.

The ideal start date is Oct 2018, though flexibility is possible.

For further (informal) inquiries, please contact Dr Jat Singh (

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter describing relevant background, research interests, and fit for the role, details of programming experience (eg. GitHub links) and a list of publications. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR16107 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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