Research Associate

4 days left

London (Greater) (GB)
£ 38,826 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
05 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
16 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

We are seeking to appoint a full-time fixed-term researcher from July 2022 to work on two related European projects funded through H2020: MediaFutures and EUHubs4Data. The projects support small data businesses, artists, and combinations thereof, by providing services around data literacy, entrepreneurial opportunities, legal implications of technology, and standardization.


The successful candidate will be based in the Distributed Artificial Intelligence group in the Department of Informatics.


The role will involve research and development in data science and data-driven innovation, with a focus on AI entrepreneurs, innovators, start-up ecosystems, and business-arts collaborations. Our contributions to the two projects are in supporting entrepreneurs and artists to be more successful with data and AI technologies, by facilitating access and use of critical datasets, advising and training on specialist topics, and assessing their programme experience. Our role further includes the collation of insight from participants and the projects overall in project and research publications.  


As a post-doctoral researcher, you will be the main contact point for us for the MediaFutures and EUHub4Data consortia and oversee the delivery of our contributions, which will be produced by a team of researchers, including yourself. You will contribute to research publications in the areas of human-computer/data interaction, art-tech collaboration, and data-driven innovation. 


You must have outstanding time management, organisation, and collaboration skills. The post also includes (virtual) meetings with the project team and industry partners and requires fluent English communication skills to: engage with colleagues; perform public outreach; produce publications; present work to different audiences; and forge partnerships for follow-up funding.  


Your application should show evidence of both the technical and non-technical aspects relevant to the job. 


This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 1 year 

This is a full-time post


  Key responsibilities

•        Support the delivery of the EUHubs4Data and MediaFutures projects  

•        Advise startups and artists selected for the programmes on topics related to data analysis, machine learning, AI and data-driven innovation 

•        Develop and deliver training sessions for start-ups in these topics  

•        Define relevant challenges in data innovation and misinformation 

•        Help promote the projects by contributing to specific outreach events 

•        Lead on or contribute to specific deliverable reports and research publications 

•        Contribute to the writing of bids for research funding. 

•        Carry out administrative tasks associated with specified research funding, including but not limited to organisation of project meetings, documentation of innovation action processes, implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely execution of the assigned tasks in the project including those outlined above. 


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria  

1.      PhD awarded (or near completion) in computer science, data science or web science or related work experience 

2.      Expertise in human-centric AI and responsible AI 

3.      Excellent communication skills 

4.      Time management and organisation skills 

5.      Experience in qualitative research (e.g. user studies) 


Desirable criteria

6.      Knowledge of fundamental data science and analysis concepts, methods and tools 

7.      Very good grasp of the social, economic and environmental implications of technology                                             

8.      Understanding of innovation frameworks, approaches and best practices, including data and open innovation  

9.      Knowledge about mis- and dis-information and its implications for technology 

10.  Ability to work in international teams including academics and industry 


 Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6. 

Further information

The post is for 1 year in the first instance, with the option to extend. We are looking to appoint as early as June, but no later than August 2022.

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