Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Information School

Contract Type: Fixed-term for a period of 12 months

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Location: Regent Court, Portobello, Sheffield


The Information School at the University of Sheffield is recognised nationally and internationally for its world-class research, excellence in teaching, and the achievements of its graduates. It is the leader in its field in the UK, consistently ranked number one in every national Research Assessment Exercise and is a member of the international iSchools organisation, a group of leading cognate schools established to promote the role of the information field in shaping the future of the global information society.

The FashionBrain project is funded through the H2020 framework programme of the European Commission for the duration of 3 years starting in 2017. The aim of the project is to acquire a deep understanding of customer needs and to predict next trends of Europe’s fashion industry.

The post-holder will undertake research in the area of Crowdsourcing and Human Computation applied to Fashion data. The goals are to improve the quality of Human Computation applications by developing better quality and less expensive crowdsourcing techniques; to develop novel crowdsourcing quality assurance techniques; to understand dimensions like bias and subjectivity and to deal with it developing priming and training approaches for crowdsourcing.

Applicants should hold a PhD in Computer Science or a related discipline (or have equivalent experience) and have experience of relevant research approaches and methods in the area of Crowdsourcing and Human Computation. Experience in quantitative data analysis is essential.

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