Professor Adrian Zuckerman is seeking a research assistant to investigate the capacity of AI systems to assess the probability of the occurrence of past events, or of future factual developments, and their potential use in legal contexts. The project involves finding out where and how such systems are used at present, and with what results, for decision making purposes in any field with particular interest in the law.

 

Duration and hours

Total number of hours of work available: 50 in the first instance.

There is flexibility in the number of hours per week, but the aim is to assess progress after 2 weeks

Start date: 15 November 2020

Date by which the work must be completed: the initial phase to be completed by the end of Michaelmas Term.

 

Reporting

The Research Assistant will report to Professor Zuckerman.

 

Requirements

  • A general understanding of the use of AI in law is desirable.
  • This post requires some background in contemporary jurisprudence, familiarity with the basics of machine learning, and access to online search tools and a law library.
  • Good admin and IT skills are essential

 

Eligibility

This position is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty or Computer Science Department 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.

 

Rate of Pay

12 weeks or less (casual engagement): This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1) plus holiday pay of £1.86 per hour worked (= total of £17.23/hour).

 

Funding

This position is funded by the budget available to Professor Zuckerman.

 

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to adrian.zuckerman@univ.ox.ac.uk the 22 November 2020. Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role, and give details of your availability.

 

 Supervisors may be asked for a reference. 

 

Informal enquiries may be emailed to adrian.zuckerman@univ.ox.ac.uk

 

Guidelines for Faculty members, line managers and students

 

A right to work check must be undertaken by the Personnel Officer in all cases before any work commences.

 

BCL/MJur students are not permitted to undertake teaching for the Faculty but may undertake research assistance (up to eight hours’ paid work per week in total, irrespective of the number of different projects/roles). Before submitting applications for research assistant positions, students must discuss the matter with their Academic Advisor and secure the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies (taught programmes).

 

PRS, MPhil, and MSt students are not permitted to undertake teaching for the Faculty but can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work per week in total, irrespective of the number of different projects/roles, and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit for work other than teaching.

 

DPhil students can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work of any kind (including teaching) per week in total, irrespective of the number of different projects/roles, and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit.

 

Students may not work as Research Assistants for their own supervisor without the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Students (Research).

 

Any queries regarding the eligibility of a particular student should be directed to Geraldine Malloy in the Faculty Office.