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PhD Studentship - Cleopatra (Marie Curie)

Web & Internet Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Friday 14 December 2018
Reference:  1085318FP

PhD Studentships – Cleopatra 

Web & Internet Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
 Salary:   £38,700-£42,300 subject to exchange rate fluctuations 
 Full Time Fixed Term

The Web and Internet Science (WAIS) Research Group at the University of Southampton is offering two Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher positions 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 and inter-sectoral research and training programme addressing these challenges.

The main objectives are to:

  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

The research topics addressed at the University of Southampton in the context of Cleopatra are at the intersection between social/crowd computing and language technologies. We are looking for two highly motivated Marie Curie Fellows to join Cleopatra and carry 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), as well as 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:

  • Spend the majority of your time at the University of Southampton where you will perform research activities in the context of the Cleopatra project, including contributions to project deliverables (reports, events, presentations).
  • Engage with other researchers in Southampton and within the Cleopatra network and participate in all relevant meetings and training program offered by Cleopatra.
  • Contribute to impact reports and dissemination and outreach activities, including updates of the project Website, trip reports, posters etc.

To be eligible, you must satisfy the mobility requirements of Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions, explained at [1]. According to these guidelines, at the time of recruitment (i.e. first date of employment), you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Furthermore, 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:

The salary payable to the successful candidate will differ to the ‘researcher unit cost’ as set in the Grant Agreement. The unit cost is to cover all employment costs and Employer’s liabilities to HMRC and any applicable employer’s pension contributions must therefore be deducted before from the available budget before arriving at the amount available as salary. Under UK legislation the living allowance, mobility allowance and any applicable family allowance are all deemed taxable. The gross salary calculated after Employer’s costs will then be subject to Employee’s deductions for Tax, NI and Pension contributions where applicable. The sterling salary payable will also be affected by exchange rate fluctuations and will therefore be subject to six monthly reviews

University of Southampton is ranked in the top 1% of the universities worldwide with particular strengths in sciences and engineering.

We welcome informal enquiries: please contact Elena Simperl via email:

The positions are offered full-time for three years.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.


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