Principal Research Engineer, Centre for Computational Law

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04 Mar 2023
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Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Contract
  • Middle Management
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent | Master's or equivalent | Doctorate or equivalent
  • Singapore | Closing On 02 Apr 2023

till 31 Dec 2024

About Us

Singapore Management University is a place where high-level professionalism blends together with a healthy informality. The 'family-like' atmosphere among the SMU community fosters a culture where employees work, plan, organise and play together – building a strong collegiality and morale within the university.

Our commitment to attract and retain talent is ongoing. We offer attractive benefits and welfare, competitive compensation packages, and generous professional development opportunities – all to meet the work-life needs of our staff. No wonder, then, that SMU continues to be given numerous awards and recognition for its human resource excellence.

Job Description

Work done will be at the direction of the PI, and where relevant, the Industry Director and Centre Director.As the Programme is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary by nature, you will be expected to convey your domain expertise and edify others (and vice versa) in as productive, constructive, and collaborative a manner as possible.

You may be asked to participate in the development of use cases and delivery of proof-of-concept prototypes for government and industry partners in the areas of computable contracts and "rules as code". Experience in requirements analysis and agile, iterative methodologies will be useful at this stage.The work of the team will be largely determined by these use cases and customers. We will work with multiple use cases so that we can abstract across them and develop generalized, reusable infrastructure. We will work with specific customers so we can build useful applications on top of that infrastructure.You will contribute to the design and development of open-source software written to serve those use cases.You will work as part of a team of research engineers, developers, and domain expertise and you will be expected to actively participate in team meetings and text-based communications. You will be expected to be active members of the applied research community, by validating and contributing to advances in computational law.

You may be asked to conduct use-inspired research at the direction of the Principal Investigator.

This includes

  • reading academic papers, standards publications, and related material such as blog posts and presentations
  • coming up to speed in fields which may be new to you, such as computational linguistics, mathematical logic, programming language design, formal verification, and model-based architecture
  • reading (and updating/commenting, relevant) existing software documentation
  • creating presentations, video recordings, walkthroughs, etc. to document and explain research work done
  • writing (and presenting, if so decided by the PI) academic papers and materials for publication
  • documenting in a sufficiently-detailed manner so as to share what you've learned

You will be expected to participate in software development; this includes

  • learning how to use third party tools, including editors, IDEs, databases, business process modeling software, programming languages, and libraries
  • evaluating competing software systems for suitability
  • building infrastructure to enable application development
  • managing yourself, and managing fellow team members
  • engaging in product, project, and program management as needed
  • reading books and consuming such other media forms about software development
  • writing documentation such as user/developer-facing manuals, tutorials
  • delivering community support to users and customers
  • preparing presentations to represent the project before external audiences
  • writing actual user-facing applications throughout the "full stack" in each case, documenting, reporting, and/or presenting the same in clearly and efficiently, both internally and externally.


Researchers under the Programme should possess both mastery of their academic speciality, and demonstrated practical experience producing and supporting high-quality open-source code through community engagement across multiple media. Candidates must have Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D., or alternative qualifications in computer science, software engineering, (symbolic) artificial intelligence,computational linguistics, or formal methods.

Fluency in multiple natural languages, and any experience with law, are a plus.

Minimum qualifications:

 Open-Source Software & Open-Standard Infrastructure EngineeringInternet ꞏ Unix ꞏ TCP/IP ꞏ HTTP(S) ꞏ XML ꞏ JSON ꞏ Schemas ꞏ YAML ꞏ Git ꞏ Github ꞏ Technical Writingꞏ Developer Relations and Evangelism

Programming Languages and Frameworks:Preferred: Haskell or OCaml. Python.Possible alternatives: Common Lisp ꞏ Racket ꞏ Scheme ꞏ Javascript / Typescript / Node.

Formalization of Contracts, Rules, and Business Logic: Akoma Ntoso ꞏ LegalRuleML ꞏ Petri Nets ꞏ Drools ꞏ iLogꞏ OPA ꞏ Neota Logic ꞏ Constraint Handling Rules ꞏ ICAIL ꞏ JURIX ꞏ RuleML+RR

Semantic Web and Ontologies: RDFa ꞏ RDFt ꞏ RDF ꞏ RIF ꞏ SWRL ꞏ OWL ꞏ Cyc ꞏ KBpedia ꞏ SUMO ꞏ UFOꞏ Protégé ꞏ or a commercial rules engine with ontology support

Model Driven Architecture: UML ꞏ BPMN ꞏ DMN ꞏ OCL ꞏ SBVR ꞏ Statecharts ꞏ Activity Diagrams ꞏ ParnasTables

Logics: Hoare Logic ꞏ Kripke structures ꞏ Modal mu-calculus ꞏ Dynamic Logic ꞏ Deontic, Temporal, andEpistemic modals ꞏ Situation Calculus ꞏ Process Calculi ꞏ Multivalent logics ꞏ Defeasible Logic ꞏ BDI ꞏ AbductiveLogic ꞏ F-Logic ꞏ Intuitionistic ꞏ Non-monotonic Logics ꞏ Skolemization ꞏ Well-Founded SemanticsGood Old-Fashioned Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Web

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning: Lisp ꞏ Prolog ꞏ F-Logic ꞏ Drools ꞏ Oracle Policy Manager ꞏ Flora-2ꞏ Datalog ꞏ Answer-Set Programming ꞏ Defeasible Logic ꞏ Expert Systems ꞏ DocAssemble ꞏ

Skills listed below this line are preferred but not required:

Theorem Proving and Strongly Typed Languages:CoQ ꞏ Agda ꞏ Idris ꞏ Lean Prover ꞏ F* ꞏ Advanced Haskell (Template etc) ꞏ OCaml ꞏ Elm ꞏ Isabelle/HOLꞏ StrangeLoop ꞏ Pony

Model Checkers and SAT/SMT solvers: Z3 ꞏ PAT ꞏ SMTlib ꞏ NuSMV ꞏ SPIN ꞏ Sentient

IDEs, Language Workbenches, and PLT frameworks: K Framework ꞏ JetBrains MPS ꞏ IDEs (Vim, Emacs,Visual Studio Code, Atom, Sublime Text) ꞏ Language Server ProtocolRule Systems and Logics

Computational Linguistics – Natural Language GenerationComputational Semantics (in Haskell, Prolog, or Lisp) ꞏ Montague Semantics ꞏ Grammatical Framework ꞏ Textplanning ꞏ Surface realizationFamiliarity with: WordNet ꞏ FrameNet ꞏ SenseNet ꞏ Controlled Natural Languages ꞏ Attempto Controlled Englishꞏ ACErules

Parsers, Compilers, and Programming Language TheoryLex/YACC ꞏ alex/happy ꞏ Bison ꞏ CFGs ꞏ EBNF ꞏ BNFC

Formal Verification and Specification LanguagesSome familiarity with any of: TLA+ ꞏ Alloy ꞏ IVy ꞏ B Method ꞏ Z notation ꞏ VDM++ ꞏ LTL ꞏ CTL

App DevelopmentTest-Driven Development ꞏ Continuous Integration ꞏ Software Project Management ꞏ Agile / XP / Scrum ꞏ PairProgramming ꞏ Literate Programming ꞏ Unit Testing ꞏ Amazon Web Services ꞏ Docker ꞏ Full-StackDevelopment