Research Officer LegalTech

Swansea University

Full time

Swansea, UK

Mar 25

The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law seeks to appoint a Research Officer to conduct LegalTech research and innovation in the Legal Innovation Lab Wales. The successful candidate will evidence experience of research into the application of one or more innovative technologies (for example, blockchain, smart contracts, natural language processing, machine learning, etc.) to legal practice and legal research.

The role is suitable for academics with backgrounds in Law and/or Computer Science (or other relevant subjects, such as Linguistics, Psychology, Economics, FinTech, etc., if a demonstrable link with LegalTech research can be evidenced), who wish to develop transformative LegalTech research in an extremely dynamic and supportive environment. Applicants with relevant industry backgrounds and LegalTech experience are also welcome to apply. The applicants will be asked to set out their experience in both research and innovation, given the nature of the Legal Innovation Lab Wales environment.

The work of the School in LegalTech aims to create a cohesive and collaborative academic community, bridging the gaps between law, computer science and other disciplines, while working in partnership with the legal sector and other stakeholders to (i) apply cutting-edge technologies to legal practice and research, (ii) contribute to the creation of a suitable normative environment to support the application of such technologies to law, and (iii) deliver innovative LegalTech training to current and future generations of lawyers.

The School has recently opened the Legal Innovation Lab Wales, a £5.6 million initiative supported by the Welsh European Funding Office with £4 million of European Regional Development Funds. The Lab is a unique environment that supports applied and empirical research in LegalTech, with the aim of developing prototypes and proofs of concept in partnership with the legal sector. The Lab is supported by a team of developers and has special facilities for AI research and collaborative spaces for academia-industry collaborations, as well as a Cyber Threats research center and a Law Clinic.

The post holder will be part of an enthusiastic, innovative and interdisciplinary legal innovation community, comprising a plurality of academics, research assistants and master students, which collaborate closely with colleagues across the full breadth of the research conducted in the School of Law, the department of Computer Science and other departments of the University.

This role is funded by the Welsh European Funding Office through the Legal Innovation Lab Wales operation.

Essential criteria:

  • A PhD in Law and/or Computer Science (or other relevant subjects, such as Linguistics, Psychology, Economics, FinTech, etc., if a demonstrable link with LegalTech research can be evidenced).
  • Evidence of active engagement in, and contribution to, the writing and publication of research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  • Evidence of the capacity for active engagement in designing research projects and applying for external research funding in the area of LegalTech (broadly defined).
  • Ability to demonstrate significant independence of focus and direction in research – determining ’what, why, when and with whom' to progress work.
  • A commitment to continuous professional development


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of supervising undergraduate or postgraduate student projects

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