University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Research Fellow

United Kingdom

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Research Fellow Web & Internet Science

Location: Highfield Campus Salary: £34,980 to £38,205 Per annum Full Time Fixed Term Closing Date: Wednesday 29 May 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 2706324FP

We are welcoming applications from individuals passionate about exploring real-world data, knowledge graphs, and driving positive changes in the research landscape. As part of the "Provenance Analytics for Research Software (PARS)" project, you will explore real-world data describing the connections between research software, publications, and contributors. In understanding these connections, we will (i) transform how we perceive the significance, originality, and rigor of developing research software, and (ii) improve the transparency, facilitate result reproducibility, and encouraging the citation of research software in academic literature.

About you

We are seeking a researcher to contribute to the integration and analysis of research software provenance data. In this role, you will lead the development of models and tools, collect research data, and generate valuable insights into research software. Collaborating closely with project partners and under the guidance of the principal investigator, you'll leverage insights from diverse research activities to develop a comprehensive understanding of research software, academic literature, and contributors. You will be involved with modeling and implementing the PARS framework to capture research activities, research software, and contributors. You will expand existing tooling written in Python to capture real world data, which will be used to generate data for conferences, journals, and policymakers. You will also engage in stakeholder consultations to drive user-driven model development, addressing both academic research and practical needs. You will be able to participate in policy workshops which will provide avenues for engagement with policymakers.

It is essential you have an equivalent professional qualifications or PhD, and experience in Computer Science in the broad area of knowledge graphs, software engineering, research software and data science, and the ability to code in Python.

The position will be located within ECS on Highfield Campus and the management will be provided by the project's Principle Investigator, Dr. Heather Packer. This position involves collaboration with the Software Sustainability Institute, Society of Research Software Engineers, and Public Policy Southampton.

What can we offer?

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.

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 can 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.

Funding is available for two years starting from 1 May 2024.

For further information please contact Dr. Heather Packer([email protected]).

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.

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    Job details


    Research Fellow


    University of Southampton


    United Kingdom


    May 02, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 29, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    One of the top research universities in the U.K., the University of Southampton is best-known for its innovative learning system. The university is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Originating from Hartley Institution in 1862, Southampton got the university status in 1952.
    The University of Southampton offers undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation year courses in various disciplines. The different departments of the university include the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Apart from the core subjects, Southampton also offers some exclusive areas of study including audiology, acoustical engineering, archaeology, criminology, optoelectronics, and gerontology.

    The university has seven campuses; amongst them, five are in Southampton itself and the other two are in Winchester and Malaysia, respectively. Highfields is the main campus of the University of Southampton. Notably, Southampton is a vibrant city with enormous opportunities. All the seven campuses of the University of Southampton boast of world-class infrastructure. The campuses maintain the most optimized environs for advanced learning. There are hi-tech laboratories, art studios, and libraries on the campuses. The university comprises highly-experienced faculty members who are from the academia as well as respective industries. Further, Southampton maintains collaborations with the leading universities and institutions across the world for student exchange and study-abroad programs.

    The University of Southampton is dedicated to research-oriented education. It has partnered with other universities, government bodies and industries to conduct integrated research and innovation programs. The university is also funded by businesses for commercial research and development. Southampton conducts skill development programs for students catering to the demands of industries. The adaptability and aptitude for evolving technologies are cultivated amongst the students to help them grow as future leaders. Further, the university has a placement cell and maintains tie-ups with industries for the placements of students.

    The University of Southampton features holistic environments for the overall development of the students. Apart from best-in-class academic modules, the university offers ample opportunities to maintain physical fitness and mental well-being. There are sports courts, swimming pools, gymnasiums and cafeterias on the campuses. Further, regular fitness classes, sports meets, cross-disciplinary activities, competitions, cultural events, and fests are organized at the university. The University of Southampton also engages in various social and environmental awareness campaigns. Moreover, students get the opportunity to participate in community development initiatives. The university has the mission to build a better world with innovative minds.

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