University of Kent

University of Kent

CEMS-251-23 - Research Associate - Age Verification/Biometrics

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Research Associate - Age Verification/Biometrics School of Engineering Location: Other

Salary: £36,386 to £40,931 per annum inclusive of KTP supplement (may be negotiable in line with skills/experience) Grade: Grade 6 Research Assistant Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term - 24 Months Release Date: Thursday 16 November 2023 Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 07 December 2023 (unless otherwise stated) Interview Date: Tuesday 19 December 2023 Reference: CEMS-251-23

Do you have an interest in age estimation technology and how this can be used in the real world?

This exciting opportunity working with the University of Kent and Ingenium Biometric Laboratories will see you using your programming skills and knowledge of methodologies in mathematics, computing and biometric technologies, in a project to develop a software framework for testing age estimation technology (AET), an important step in enabling the use of AET in an increasing range of applications where age verification is a commercial and statutory necessity.

Based in Canterbury and supervised by both Dr Chris Allgrove from Ingenium and Professor Richard Guest from the School of Engineering at the University of Kent, we are looking for someone with a PhD (or near completion) in image processing, biometrics, security, machine learning or a related discipline, and the ability to write for publications, present research proposals and results to non-scientific audiences, to contribute to this impactful project.

As Research Associate - Age Verification/Biometrics you will get involved in:

  • undertaking research to define a testing methodology for the assessment of AET systems
  • developing a software framework for the assessment of AET systems
  • communicating the outputs to key stakeholders
  • You will be able to bring to the role:

  • experience of robust software development including strong programming skills in Python or C++
  • knowledge of biometric technologies, computer imaging and statistical analysis methodologies
  • proven time management skills and the ability to work independently and creatively to resolve problems
  • In return we can offer you a generous training and personal development programme and full support from experts in the academic and business teams involved in the project, along with a range of excellent staff benefits.

    This post is full-time and for a fixed term of 24 months. It is part funded by Innovate UK under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme. More information about KTPs and the many benefits of being a KTP Associate can be found on the KTP website.

    Ingenium Biometric Laboratories was founded in 2019 to provide testing, research and development, consultancy, and training services that combine a deep identity expertise in policy, technology and markets with practical insights to help clients solve identity challenges. We are proud to be global leaders in the fields of digital identity, biometrics, cyber security, digital forensics and document authentication working with a diverse client base and driven by the belief that biometric and identity technologies can make a positive difference to countries, industries and users.

    The School of Engineering at the University of Kent is part of the Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Being a relatively small School ensures that staff and students work in a friendly environment, offering an inspiring and challenging student experience within the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury. Our research is managed through four groups: Communications; Instrumentation and Control; Biomedical Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. The School is engaged in high-quality research with significant national and international impact while offering excellent opportunities for graduate studies.

    In addition to the standard pre-employment clearances for the appointment, all candidates will be subject to a criminal records check and further security checks defined by the Cabinet Office, as part of their Baseline Personnel Security Standard. Individuals will usually need to have been resident in the UK for at least the last three years to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. If you have any questions about this residency requirement, please email [email protected].

    If you have the qualifications and expertise we are looking for, we would welcome your application. Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for this post. For further information regarding the application process, please contact [email protected].

    We particularly welcome applications from female candidates as they are under- represented at this level in this area Further details: Job Description Additional Information

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    Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward.

    Applications must be made via the University's online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

    The University of Kent values diversity and promotes equality at all levels.


    Job details


    CEMS-251-23 - Research Associate - Age Verification/Biometrics


    University of Kent


    United Kingdom


    November 17, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 07, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    The University of Kent (formerly referred to as the University of Kent at Canterbury) is a well-known semi-collegiate public research university which is based in Kent in the United Kingdom. It was established in the year 1965 and is recognized as a Beloff's plate glass university. In 1960, sponsors of University of Kent sent University Grants Committee a proposal for creating a University in Canterbury. On the acceptance of the proposal, an Interim Committee was set up in 1962 and the university was named. It was in the year 1965 that the university was granted its Royal Charter. The institution started operating this year with just 500 students and 150 staff members. Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent, was appointed as the university's first chancellor. Currently, the university has six colleges and its academic structure comprises of 3 academic centres and 18 academic schools. The university has won two Queen's Anniversary Prizes in eleven years for Higher and Further Education.

    The university has three campuses in Kent. Located in Parkland, the Canterbury Campus is the main campus that includes six colleges, the Gulbenkian arts centre, the Templeman Library and the Mandela Building. The campus is spread across 300 acres and is well-linked to the city centre as well as London. It offers excellent academic, residential and dining facilities. The Tonbridge campus was established in 1982 as the School of continuing education. Currently, it collaborates with the Kent Innovation and Enterprise and Kent Business School. The Medway Campus is situated near the towns of Chatham and Rochester on the site of a former naval base. The campus is divided into two sites, the Dockyard Chatham and Pembroke. Pembroke houses Drill Hall Library, centres for professional practice and journalism, the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the Student Hub social space and the Medway branches of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and the School of Computing. The Dockyard is home to Centre for Music and Audio Technology and the Medway branch of Kent Business School. The university also has centres in other parts of Europe including Athens, Paris, Brussels and Rome.

    The university provides numerous postgraduate and undergraduate a degree programmes in various fields such as architecture, environment, arts, media, English, philosophy, social sciences, history, music, science, pharmacy, finance, sports, medicine, law, journalism, psychology, anthropology and economics. The university has over 20,100 students and more than 2,000 faculty members. 16% of the student population consists of international students. The university has a faculty-student ratio of 1:12. More than 6,700 students and 132 companies were engaged with the nationally-recognized Employability Points scheme of the university in 2015-16. Kent has collaborations with 388 institutions across the world.

    The university has 160,000 alumni over 180 countries including many notable personalities. Gavin William James Esler is a popular journalist, author and television presenter. Kazuo Ishiguro is a novelist, short-story writer and screenwriter. Tom Wilkinson is an actor best known for his roles in 'Michael Clayton' and 'In the Bedroom'. Alan Davies is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer famous for his role in Jonathan Creek, the mystery drama series by BBC. David Mitchell is a novelist whose works Cloud Atlas and number9dream were nominated for the Booker Prize. Paul Telfer is an actor renowned for his role of Xander Kiriakis in the Days of Our Lives. Many other successful people are associated with the university

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