The Oxford LawTech Education Programme (OLTEP)—a joint initiative by the Oxford Law Faculty and the Oxford Department of Computer Science—is looking for Research Assistants to help with the development of OLTEP’s interdisciplinary online education programme.

OLTEP’s mission is to train future leaders in the legal market, confident providers of tech-enhanced legal services, and successful innovators who can spot, analyse and utilise trends in digital technology.

Following a successful series of pilot learning modules, the OLTEP team is now looking for Research Assistants with interest in law and digital technology, business development, and/or online education to contribute to the development of four new educational modules, review of the existing modules, and upgrade the related online learning infrastructure.

This project presents an excellent opportunity to gain experience with development of a leading online course at the intersection of Law and Computer Science and is suitable for candidates with genuine interest in this exciting area of research and practice.

OLTEP’s learning units explore issues in, for example, automated decision making, algorithmic discrimination, collaboration between lawyers and computer scientists, tech-enhanced legal services, legal data science, digital ethics and regulation of AI.

Depending on your experience and skills, and the project to which you are appointed, you will assist with the following tasks:

  1. Subject specific research for OLTEP’s learning units
  2. Thematic focus and pedagogy design
  3. Research for educational case studies
  4. Preparation of educational handbooks
  5. Website development
  6. Design and development of the virtual learning environment architecture
  7. Preparation of any technical documentation
  8. Video production and postproduction
  9. Project coordination and communication
  10. Management of standard contracts with external partners and participating academics
  11. Programme administration and delivery
  12. Market research and feedback gathering
  13. Marketing and development
  14. Engagement with industry partners

Please indicate in your covering letter which of these roles you would like to undertake.

Duration and hours
This is a 12-month project running from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Candidates with interest in shorter appointments will also be considered.

Total number of hours of work available: around 250 hours in total per Research Assistant.

The workload will vary over the course of the project and depending on the Research Assistant’s specific role within the project.  Current graduate students in the Law Faculty are specifically limited to 8 hours a week, inclusive of research assistance work on other projects.  

A right to work check must be undertaken and a contract issued before any work commences.

Start date: as soon as possible (in your covering letter, please indicate your availability until end of March 2021).

Reporting
The Research Assistant(s) will report to Prof Tom Melham (Department of Computer Science), Prof Rebecca Williams (Faculty of Law), and/or Dr Václav Janeček (Faculty of Law).

Requirements
- Essential

  • A demonstrated interest in questions at the intersection of law and computer science
  • The ability to travel to Oxford for parts of the project.
  • Proven ability to work to deadlines.
  • Good admin and IT skills.
  • Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary team.

- Desirable

  • Experience with and/or genuine interest in online learning.
  • Experience with and/or genuine interest in academic writing.
  • Experience with and/or genuine interest in online learning.
  • Experience with and/or genuine interest in web development.
  • Experience with and/or genuine interest in video production.
  • Experience with and/or genuine interest in project management and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience with and/or genuine interest in market research.
  • Experience with and/or genuine interest in social media and marketing.

Eligibility
These positions are open to current graduate research students at the University of Oxford and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students. It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK.

Applications are particularly welcome from research students in the Oxford departments of Law, Computer Science, Oxford Internet Institute, Education and Saïd Business School, but applications from other candidates will be also considered.

Rate of Pay
Each post will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.60 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1) plus paid holiday (accrued at the equivalent rate of £2.67 per hour worked) (= total of £18.27/hour).

Funding
This position is funded by the EPSRC IAA (Impact Acceleration Account) Partnership Grant.

OLTEP’s official partners for this project are the Government Legal Department and Slaughter and May.

How to Apply
A short CV and cover letter should be sent by email to directorate@oltep.ox.ac.uk by the 10th December 2021.

Please submit:

  • 2 page CV (including the name of your supervisor, if any);
  • 2 page cover letter.

The cover letter should detail your motivation and suitability for the post. You must indicate which tasks above you would like to undertake, and state your availability until 31 March 2022.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference, and Law students may not work for their own supervisor without the approval of the relevant Associate Dean.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified on Monday 13th December and invited for a short, informal interview (online) on the morning of the 17th December.

Enquiries may be emailed to Thomas.Melham@cs.ox.ac.uk.