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PhD Studentship - Cleopatra (Marie Curie)

Web & Internet Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Sunday 01 September 2019
Reference:  1085318FP

Salary:   £36,958 -£40,522 subject to exchange rate fluctuations 

The Web and Internet Science (WAIS) Research Group at the University of Southampton is offering a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher position to join the Cleopatra project:  These will start in Q2 2019. 

With a rapidly increasing degree of integration among the European countries, a rising number of events, such as Paris shootings and Brexit, strongly impact the European community and the European digital economy across language and country borders. This development results in a vast amount of event-centric multilingual information available from different communities in the news, on the Web and in social media. Cross-lingual technologies to efficiently access, analyse and interact with this information are of utmost importance for various stakeholder groups across Europe, including digital humanities, memory institutions, publishers, media monitoring companies and journalists. The Cleopatra project offers a unique interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral research and training programme addressing these challenges.

Main objectives:

  1. facilitate advanced cross-lingual processing of event-centric textual and visual information on a large scale

  2. develop innovative methods for efficient and intuitive user access and interaction with multilingual information

  3. facilitate large-scale analytics of multilingual event-centric information and cross-cultural studies

  4. educate a group of top-level scientists with unique interdisciplinary and intersectoral expertise in multilingual information science who will be enabled to take leading roles in research and industry in the future

  5. establish an interdisciplinary curriculum for cross-lingual information analytics

Research topics addressed at University of Southampton in the context of Cleopatra are at the intersection between social/crowd computing and language technologies. We are looking for a highly motivated Marie Curie Fellow to join Cleopatra, carrying out research to build human-in-the-loop solutions for cross-lingual, entity-centric text tasks. Relevant research challenges include: motivating and incentivising participation; quality of crowdsourced data; new interfaces to collect and validate crowd answers e.g., speech, AR; augmenting knowledge graphs through crowdsourcing.

You will have a strong computer science or human computation interaction background (BSc or MSc degree in Computer Science, Web Science, HCI or related discipline), together with outstanding data analysis, writing and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have solid programming skills e.g. Python and a good command of machine learning and other data science toolkits.

You will:

  • Be based at University of Southampton, performing research activities in the context of the Cleopatra project, including contributions to project deliverables (reports, events, presentations).
  • Engage with other researchers in Southampton and the Cleopatra network, participate in all relevant meetings/training program offered by Cleopatra.
  • Contribute to impact reports, dissemination and outreach activities, including updates of the project Website, trip reports, posters etc.

Eligibility: you must satisfy the mobility requirements of Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions, explained at [1]. 

At the time of recruitment you must not yet have been awarded your doctorate and must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of your research career

In order to be considered for this post, please also complete the postgraduate application process via (

For informal enquiries, please contact Elena Simperl:

The position is full-time for three years.


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

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