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Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher

Web & Internet Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £35,000 to £45,000 subject to exchange rate fluctuations
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Thursday 08 September 2016
Reference:  766716FP

The Web and Internet Science (WAIS) Research Group at the University of Southampton is offering a Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher position in the context of WDAqua project: “Answering questions using Web Data”, starting mid October 2016. The WDAqua project undertakes fundamental and applied research into models, methods, and tools for data-driven question answering on the Web, spanning over a diverse range of areas and disciplines (data analytics, social computing, Linked Data, and Web science). In particular, research topics addressed at the University of Southampton in the context of WDAqua include supporting dialog flows, natural language synthesis of answers and facilitating productive serendipity in QA systems.

You will have a strong computer science background (BSc or MSc degree in Computer Science or related discipline) and solid practical experience in software development. Familiarity with semantic technologies, HCI, Information Extraction and Machine Learning is of advantage.

You will:

  • Spend the majority of your time at the University of Southampton where you will perform research activities in the context of the WDAqua project, and develop and integrate services and tools for the WDAqua question answering pipeline.
  • Engage with other researchers in Southampton and in other EU partner organisations and participate in the technical meetings and training program offered by the WDAqua project.

The position is offered full-time for two years.

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, you “must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.)” in the UK “for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.” Furthermore, Early-Stage Researchers shall, at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

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

We welcome informal enquiries: please contact Elena Simperl via email

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


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 766716FP 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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