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Research Fellow

Web & Internet Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,301 to £36,001 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term to 31.03.2018
Closing Date:   Wednesday 29 March 2017
Interview Date:   Wednesday 19 April 2017
Reference:  842617FP

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on collaborative European projects on crowdsourcing.

About the role

Candidates should have demonstrable experience (via publications in A and A* conferences and journals, participation in research projects, organisation of workshops, and similar) in Web and data science, with a particular focus on crowdsourcing. The position is for one year.

The role will involve research in social computing: online communities, crowdsourcing, human computation, social machines and citizen science.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working in an interdisciplinary, international and dynamic research environment, and should bring their own ideas to advance the state of the art in the field. They should be highly motivated, interested in collaboration, creative and ambitious. They will be expected to contribute to relevant projects, collaborate with researchers from other institutions, publish in renowned scientific venues and help secure follow-up funding.

Relevant projects include:

  • QROWD - Crowdsourcing and active learning to build smart transportation services. Topics include: participatory sensing, machine learning, crowdsourcing.
  • Stars4All - Online platform to increase public awareness around light pollution. Topics include: online communities, human computation, gamification design, machine learning, data visualisation.

The candidate should have a PhD* in Computer Science or a related field and possess outstanding skills and experience in the area of crowdsourcing.  As a fundamental requirement, candidates must be able to communicate and write in fluent English and be willing to contribute to collaborative projects. This includes both joint work with other institutions and meetings with the project team (quarterly or similar) in locations across Europe.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

About the research environment

The post will be held in the Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. Ranked in the top one per cent of universities globally and among the UK’s top 20 for research, the University of Southampton has an international reputation for its research, teaching and enterprise activities.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, ECS was first in the UK for the volume and quality of research in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  The volume and quality of ECS Computer Science research is in the top 10 in the UK, with 100% of Computer Science research impact rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Electronics and Computer Science holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. University of Southampton holds an Athena Swan Silver Award.

The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities; employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme.  Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.

As part of the recruitment process all applicants are expected to give a talk to academic and research staff and to PhD students within the department.

For further information please contact Professor Elena Simperl tel. +44 23 8059 7692, email:    

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 842617FP on all correspondence. 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Electronics and Computer Science 

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.



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