The Knowledge Media Institute, a leading research centre associated with The Open University (UK), is offering a fully funded PhD position in the area of artificial intelligence for scientometrics. One of the goals of the PhD project is to develop and test new methods that can identify reasons for citing scientific literature and apply them to understand how they can be used to better predict peer assessment results.

The PhD student will work in the Big Scientific Data and Text Analytics Group (BSDTAG) and will have access to large quantities of research data to develop the methods as well as a team of researchers and developers familiar with the problem. The results of the PhD have the potential to inform the future of research assessment in the UK and the PhD student will also have an opportunity to work with and develop links with one of the strongest global tech companies. Applications are invited from UK, EU and international students. KMi is located in Milton Keynes, 30 minutes by train from London.

Stipend: approx.: £14k per annum paid net

We offer:

– A team of young, friendly and highly motivated colleagues, who are passionate about research.

– A work environment that is well equipped with the newest hardware technology

– Strong support for your personal development and career planning

– Ability to publish and attend key conferences

– An attractive work environment both within the research group and beyond

– Collaboration with industry partners and excellent prospects of getting your work integrated in real-world applications

– No teaching duties, 100% focus on research and development

– Budget for new kit (typically Mac Pro, large screen, etc.)


Open University


You bring:

– Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field.

– Ability to communicate ideas clearly both orally as well as in writing and fluency in English.

– Good theoretical foundation and some practical experience with at least two of the following: data analysis/statistics, machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval

– Ability to design and prototype software solutions.

– Solid programming skills.

– Ability to analyse data in Python, R or Matlab.

– Good knowledge and experience of working with and querying databases.

– Good knowledge of the Linux environment (deployment, essential scripting, configuration, logging, etc.).

– Willingness to learn new things every day and seek solutions to complex problems.

– This is a full-time onsite position,. You must be willing to relocate and carry out your research from within the Open University campus.

Prospective candidates fulfilling the above criteria are encouraged to contact me by email prior to official application for more information.

Educational level:

Master Degree

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