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Full time funded PhD Studentship

Unit: 
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Location: 
Please quote reference: 
11653
3 years to start February 2019; Stipend: £14,777 pa plus fee bursary
Closing Date: 
30 November, 2018 - 17:00

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)

The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is a distinct research unit within the Faculty of STEM, and is home to internationally recognized researchers in semantic technologies, data science, educational multimedia, collaboration technologies, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and human-computer interaction. KMi offers students an intellectually challenging environment with exceptional research and computer facilities, located at the OU headquarters in Milton Keynes, which is 45 minutes by train from central London. Past KMi PhD students pursue successful careers in academia and industry, and have won a number of distinguished awards, including the 2016 and 2017 SWSA Distinguished Dissertation Awards.

We are currently offering a fully-funded studentship commencing February 2019.  Applications are invited from UK, EU and ROW for a full time, 3-year study on the following PhD topic. We strongly recommend that you contact Dr Petr Knoth (petr.knoth@open.ac.uk) to discuss your interest prior to writing your proposal.

Your proposal is to be based on the following topic:-

  • Web-scale research analytics for identifying high performance and trends: data-driven approaches to scientometrics (1 position available – supported by JISC). This topic will look into new forms of research assessment analysis based on textual data in research publications. It is expected that the PhD will go further into analysing the propagation of facts through research literature forming a research network. We expect the student to work on the intersection of text analysis, social networking and general data mining/analysis.

The PhD is commercially funded and we have already a reasonably good idea about the direction of the research that can be done. The proposal should therefore demonstrate your capability to learn quickly about the domain as well as to align it with the needs of the PhD project.

You will have a first or upper second class degree from a UK university or the overseas’ equivalent and ideally a relevant Master’s degree. Unless from a majority English-speaking country, non-EEA applicants will require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each element of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. IELTS Certificates are valid for a period of 2-years. All applications are assessed as to their quality, the fit with The Open University research priorities.

Closing date: Candidates will be interviewed on a first come first served basis, until a successful candidate is found.

Interviews: to be advised

An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0)1908 654774 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

Equal Opportunity is University policy

Terms and Conditions (None Attached)

These roles are covered by various terms and conditions and will be made available to successful candidates

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