Research Assistant

Job Description

Are you a Masters of PHD student Looking for flexible working around your studies?



 



Application Process: Apply by email to Dr Badar Ashraf (ashrafb4@lsbu.ac.uk). In your email, please include (i) a short statement (max 100 words) of how you meet the requirements for this post and (ii) a copy of your CV.



Deadline: 13th of April 2024 at midnight.



Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online panel interview during the week commencing 15th April 2024.



For any questions regarding this post, please contact Dr Badar Ashraf (ashrafb4@lsbu.ac.uk)  prior to the deadline.



Maximum project hours: 75 hours



 



We are looking to internally recruit a Research Assistant to contribute to a research project led by Dr Badar Ashraf at LSBU Business School. The post holder will contribute, under supervision, to an internally funded research project on the climate change exposure of UK businesses.



Specifically, the job will entail searching and analyzing certain climate-related keywords from annual reports of large UK companies and recording these word counts in an Excel sheet. Fluency in English is an essential requirement. A good knowledge of Excel and computer proficiency are essential to this post.



 



 






Qualifications

Please see above.



Skills

  • Access the annual reports of FTSE 100 companies from credible sources. Carefully read and analyse financial statements to identify 20 to 30 keywords related to climate change risks and opportunities.

  • Count the specified keywords from annual reports of around 100 large companies over the period 2010 to 2022.  

  • Input the extracted keyword counts into a designated Excel spreadsheet, ensuring accuracy and consistency in formatting.

  • Maintain the extracted data clearly, accurately, and efficiently.

  • Conduct basic research to clarify any ambiguities encountered in the annual reports or the collected data.

  • To assist in the planning and/or design of material applicable to the above.

  • Undertake other reasonable duties as assigned by the Project Lead commensurate with the level of the role, which may be required to be carried out, from time to time, to meet the requirements of the project.

  • Communicate and liaise with the project lead and other key collaborators in this project.

  • To demonstrate a process of continuing development with the support of the institution.

  • Ensuring the safety and security of areas and equipment under his/her control in accordance with legal requirements and University policies and directives.

  • Ensure that procedures for access to, and retention of, information comply with the requirements of the University, the Data Protection Act, and Freedom of Information Act.

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The financial losses in UK online banking due to fraud annually amount to almost 2 billion pounds. With the losses in online trading due to fake accounts, stolen credentials and information leaks the figure becomes truly astronomical. The design of security solutions requires complex expertise - understanding of the processes within transactional systems under threat, knowledge of potential adversaries and their malicious behaviour, justified choice of suitable tools for detection, neutralization and prevention, and their proper configuration. The need for software for modelling the security infrastructure, estimating the security risks and analyzing the impact of the solutions on security is extremely high due to the complexity of the task and the impossibility of demonstrating the solutions experimentally. this role is for the development of a desktop software application that:




  • Model transactions under security threats.

  • Design of security architecture and behaviour analysis through simulated transactions

  • Calculate the security risks based on parameters of security analytics.

  • Determination of the impact of security infrastructure on risks     



 



The ideal candidate for the AI/Software Engineer position is a current/graduated AI/Software Engineering PG student who will assist in the market research, analysis and implementation of software (Reinforcement Learning and Visualization algorithms for solving risk assessment tasks under security threats). strong AI and programming skills are required.



A mixed background that combines knowledge from various areas, such as AI, Machine Learning (ML), data science, and software engineering, as well as a deep understanding of the cyber security domain, is highly advantageous.



 



Qualifications

Current or Awarded MSc in AI or Software Engineering



 



Skills

The ideal candidate for the AI/Software Engineer position is a current/graduated AI/Software Engineering PG student who will assist in the market research, analysis and implementation of software (Reinforcement Learning and Visualization algorithms for solving risk assessment tasks under security threats). strong AI and programming skills are required.



A mixed background that combines knowledge from various areas, such as AI, Machine Learning (ML), data science, and software engineering, as well as a deep understanding of the cyber security domain, is highly advantageous.

Graphic designer needed to design  the following:




  • Evaluation Report (50 pages)

  • Evaluation Report Summary (5 pages)

  • Booklet outlining the impacts of Youth Safety projects  (30 pages)



There are some tables within the Evaluation report, however, most is text. There may be some photos if the local authority (who commissioned the report) allow them.



Qualifications

N/A



Skills

  • Experience of designing professional reports 

  • Experience in using graphic design software

  • Knowledge of following brand guidelines

  • Ability to work on your own

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

  • Attention to detail

  • Experience in proof reading



It would be expected that the successful candidate will have access to their own computer and graphic design software packages 

This is a full time role and is therefore not suitable for current students.



Job purpose

•    To ensure provision of a comprehensive high-level front of house service for the Director’s offices. Responsible for room bookings and meetings preparation, including in-house hospitality. 

•    To act as a first point of contact for all visitors and meeting attendees, greeting and/or directing them as appropriate.

•    To perform diverse range of administrative activities that will contribute to the smooth operation of the Director’s office, supporting and shielding the Office Manager and Administrative Officers from unnecessary disruptions.





Main duties and responsibilities

•    To assist with day-to-day activities of the Director's Office:

•    Act as a first point of contact of the Director's Office for visitors, students and staff

•    Responding to queries at the front desk as appropriate

•    Answering the telephone and directing calls as appropriate

•    Main point of contact for room bookings, ensuring that the meeting rooms are prepared for the meetings as required

•    To arrange hospitality for all Boardroom bookings and for visitors as required

•    To ensure that the reception area is tidy and presentable at all times

•    Maintain stock of relevant information, prospectuses and guides and ensure display stands are regularly updated

•    Sorting out incoming mail, accepting deliveries and distributing them as appropriate

•    Reporting (and follow through) any maintenance issues to Estates department

•    Overseeing and maintaining all supplies for the Director's Office (i.e. stationery, water, tea/coffee/milk and other catering supplies, etc.) 

•    Assuring that all equipment is being serviced and maintained as required

•    Assisting with events preparation

•    Routine updating of existing databases

•    Circulating information from the Director's office to all members of staff as assigned by Office Manager, via intranet or e-mail

•    Preparing, printing and collating relevant paperwork as required by the Office Manager or Administrative Officers

•    Preparing invoices and credit card statements/receipts for further processing by the Administrative Officers and following up any outstanding enquiries/issues as needed

•    Scanning, photocopying, shredding or filing of paperwork as required

•    To assist the Academic Coordinator and Assistant Manager in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activity, including preparing course materials, as required

•    Any other ad hoc administrative tasks (scheduling meetings, travel arrangement, credit control, petty cash, invoicing)



Citizenship

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is committed to an action plan that supports the cultivation of a diverse and nurturing staff and student community, at the heart of which sits the commitment to equality of opportunity and equity in our processes and structures. It is the expectation of all staff that they undertake citizenship responsibilities within the Faculty. As part of the appraisal and probation process, your line manager will discuss the expectations of you to lead or participate in citizenship projects/initiatives as set out in the Faculty’s EDI Strategy. These responsibilities will be commensurate with the seniority of the role and the expertise and experience of the individual.

 



Qualifications

Good standard of education (GCSEs or equivalent - Grade C or above), demonstrating numeracy and literacy

Educated to A level, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent standard

 



Skills

Desirable




  • Experience of customer service

  • Experience of working in higher education or NHS

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Email and the Internet

  • Good written, verbal and numeracy skills

  • Good organisational skills

  • Prioritise prescribed tasks and complete them according to deadlines



Skills

Essential




  • Flexible and co-operative approach to colleagues

  • Friendly, positive disposition

  • Good team member



Other




  • *The ability to meet UK ‘right to work’ requirements.

     

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