Grade 7: £32,236 – £36,261

Fixed-term, to 31 December 2020

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 post-holder will have responsibility for carrying out research and course development for Work Package 5 (Law and Technology Education).

The ESRC Programme runs over two years and commenced in January 2019, and this post is fixed term until 31 n X0 December 2020. The post holder 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 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 (37.5 hours per week) and fixed term until 31 December 2020.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via and enter vacancy ID:.  141561. 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 midday on Wednesday 14 August 2019.  Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 19 August 2019