Research Assistant in Engineering

London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 5, £32,676 to £35,366 per annum, inclusive of £3,500 per annum London Allowance.
Oct 23, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 22, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

This role will contribute to two closely related projects: The first aims to develop tools, systems and best practices for detecting and understanding cyberbullying and hate speech. The second will focus on understanding the relationship between smartphone and social media usage among young people, and incidence of self-harm. The successful candidate will develop tools and techniques to gather and analyse data from a cohort of young people in our self-harm study, as well as work on generalising third-party tools and methods developed for detecting hate speech and cyberbullying.

The successful candidate will be proficient at:

  • Working with and evaluating open source datasets and methods for hate speech and cyberbullying
  • gathering online social media data for a cohort of users using a variety of techniques such as web scraping, programmatically logging in on behalf of a user using OAuth tokens etc.
  • Developing lifelogging apps for androids and iPhones to study app usage habits of a cohort of users.

Informal enquiries for further details may be directed to Dr. Nishanth Sastry (

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 17 months.

This is a full-time post.  

The selection process will include a panel interview.