The Oxford LawTech Education Programme (OLTEP)—a joint initiative by the Oxford Law Faculty and the Oxford Department of Computer Science—is looking for six (6) Research Assistants to help with the development of OLTEP’s interdisciplinary online education programme. The six Research Assistants will each undertake one of four different roles as outlined below.

OLTEP’s mission is simple: 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 their experience and skills, and the role to which they are appointed, the candidates will assist with the following tasks:

Content Research Assistants x 2

a)         Subject specific research for OLTEP’s learning units

b)         Thematic focus and pedagogy design

c)         Research for educational case studies

d)         Preparation of educational handbooks

Technical Research Assistants x 2

e)         Website development

f)         Design and development of the virtual learning environment architecture

g)         Preparation of any technical documentation

h)         Video production and postproduction

Management Research Assistant x 1

i)          Project coordination and communication

j)          Management of standard contracts with external partners and participating academics

k)         Programme administration and delivery

External Relations Research Assistant x 1

l)          Market research and feedback gathering

m)        Marketing and development

n)         Engagement with industry partners

Please indicate in your covering letter which of the 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 per Research Assistant.

Maximum number of hours of work per week: The workload will vary over the course of the project and depending on the Research Assistant’s specific role within the project, but major parts of the project are expected to be completed by September 2021.  The number of hours worked per week must be in line with any limits stipulated by the Research Assistant’s faculty or department. 

Start date: 1st June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Reporting

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

Requirements

The following requirements are essential for all of the four roles outlined above:

•           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.

The following requirements are essential or specific roles as follows:

Content Research Assistants

•           Experience with and/or genuine interest in online learning.

•           Experience with and/or genuine interest in academic writing.

Technical Research Assistants

•           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.

Management Research Assistant

•           Experience with and/or genuine interest in project management and interpersonal communication skills.

External Relations Research Assistants

•           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 Research Assistant will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1) plus holiday pay of £2.63 per hour worked (= total of £18.00/hour). 

The Research Assistant will be issued with a Variable Hours contract by the Faculty of Law.  Payment will be made on submission of a signed time sheet, which must be submitted by the last day of each month, approved by the Line Manager.

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 Thomas.Melham@cs.ox.ac.uk by the 19th of May 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. Please also indicate which of the roles above you would like to undertake, and state your availability until 31 March 2022.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified on Friday 21st and invited for a short, informal interview on the morning of the 24th May.

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