Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

Open University - STEM

Based in Milton Keynes

Temporary contract for 36 months to start no later than 1 October 2017

We are seeking an energetic post-graduate researcher, designated to an Early Stage Researcher (ESR), with research interests at the interface between information access and retrieval and quantum mechanics, to investigate theoretical issues and evaluate methods and prototypes for adaptive IAR systems managing large data collections and meeting the end user's information needs in a dynamic context.

The appointment is part of the new 48 months EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Innovative Training Network (ITN) QUARTZ (contract N. 721321). QUARTZ has been established by: University of Padua (Coordinator), The Open University (UK), University of Bedfordshire (UK), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belguim), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany), and Linne Universitetet (Sweden). QUARTZ is also supported by a wide range of industrial and organisational partners such as: Websays SL, Spain; Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Tianjin University, China; Greater Glasgow Health Board, UK; Berlin State Library, Germany. The partners will provide complementary expertise, use cases, test beds and training activities. Further partners might join the consortium in the future.

This particular project aims to explore the cognitive interference and deep learning techniques in multimodal and context-sensitive IAR scenarios.

You will be one of 13 ESRs and will be expected to spend part (8 months) of their time in partner laboratories in training and joint research projects. Simultaneously the ESR will be trained in the commercial and entrepreneurial skills necessary to bring such research from the laboratory to the commercial arena.

Eligible applicants for this Fellowship must be in possession of an excellent Master (by research) degree or first-class Honours degree, with strong expertise and experience in one or more of the following fields: information retrieval, machine learning, quantum physics or a related area. Peer-reviewed publications on respected journals and conferences in relevant areas are desirable. It is required that the degree has been acquired not more than 4 years earlier to the envisaged starting date of this appointment. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree that would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the host country. Applicants should have good knowledge of English, as you will be asked to submit project reports in English.

The appointment is made in the context of the regulations of Marie Curie Initial Training Networks and transnational mobility is a key element of eligibility. Researchers may be either EU citizens or from outside the EU (subject to relevant immigration formalities), but applications will only be accepted from candidates who have spent less than 12 months in the UK within the last three years from the start date of employment. Furthermore, candidates who will have already completed a PhD by the start date of employment are not eligible. You will be offered the opportunity to register for a PhD at the Open University to run concurrently with the ESR post.

Informal inquiries can also be made to Professor Dawei Song (

Closing date: 9.00 am, 30 April 2017

For detailed information and how to apply go to for expression of interest and submit your formal application through For any inquiries, call the Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0)1908 659573 or email quoting the reference number.

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