Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

London, United Kingdom
£34,220 - £38,084 per annum (Grade 4)
14 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £34,220 - £38,084 per annum (Grade 4)
Location: Mile End
Closing date: 15-Nov-2019


School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Applications are invited for up to two Postdoctoral Research Assistant positions on Data Science, Natural Language Processing and/or Computational Social Science.

This post is part of the EPSRC project “Streamlining Social Decision Making for Improved Internet Standards”, based at Queen Mary University of London and in collaboration with the University of Glasgow. The project will also be undertaken in collaboration with members of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): a major international organization responsible for defining new Internet protocol standards (e.g. IP, TCP, DNS). This process is largely undertaken via remote collaboration, making it a powerful example of distributed collaborative decision-making.

The goal of the project is to develop techniques to automatically evaluate and measure online social decision-making dynamics from text and social network data (emails, messages, git commits etc). The intention is to then use this to automatically identify ‘bottlenecks’ in online decision making, and to propose improvements. As a use case, the techniques will be applied to large-scale datasets from the IETF, including email logs, meeting agendas etc. Although the initial focus will be on the IETF, we also encourage applicants to think of other relevant use cases. We encourage researchers to pursue their own interests, and there is a lot of scope to shape the research undertaken.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD equivalent degree (or equivalent experience) in one of the following: Computer Science, Electric/Electronic Engineering, Linguistics or Computational Social Science. Expertise in one of the following areas: Data Science, Natural Language Processing, Computational Social Science is essential for this role as well as experience in conducting data-driven research and dealing with large datasets (as well as the associated ethics requirements). Some background experience in dialogue modelling and/or the pragmatics of agreement, disagreement and similar key interactional phenomena would be desirable. The work will be done as part of a team, with two Postdoctoral Research Assistants at Queen Mary and one in Glasgow; hence a willingness to work in a team is vital.

This is a full-time, fixed term post for 2 years starting 1 January 2020 or as soon as feasible after this date. There may be opportunities for an extension. The starting salary will be in the range of £34,220 - £38,084 per annum inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Gareth Tyson (, Dr. Matthew Purver (, Dr. Ignacio Castro ( or Prof. Patrick Healey (

To apply, please click on the link below.

The closing date for applications is 15th November 2019

Interviews are expected to be held shortly after this date.

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