Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Web & Internet Science

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on Data Pitch (, an EU Horizon 2020 €7 million collaborative research and innovation programme involving industrial partners across Europe, which runs until December 2019. 

Data Pitch will create a European data innovation ecosystem that will bring together data and technology providers with startups and SMEs with fresh ideas for data-driven products and services. Data Pitch will run a large-scale competition in which thousands of startups and SMEs will put forward proposals to solve data challenges.

You will help design the competition by implementing a range of consultation mechanisms, including interviews, online surveys, focused workshops, and idea-sourcing and devising a process by which the collected feedback is translated into high-impact data challenges. You will help manage the competitive call, including the call announcement, its documentation, preparing the platform for submissions, running webinars, developing training for applicants, helping organise hackathons, and managing the review of the proposals and interviews of the shortlisted companies. You will help promote the project by contributing to specific outreach events and advise startups selected for funding when they are if their idea is in your area of interest.

The post is based in the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group, which undertakes interdisciplinary research focusing on the science and technology of the Web and the Internet. WAIS is one of six research groups within Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. ECS is the UK’s leading academic unit integrating computer science, electronics, and electrical engineering.

You should have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Computer Science or a related field or equivalent work experience. In particular, expertise in one or more of the following areas is essential: data science (in particular, topics around data sharing, data governance, data protection); open data; Big Data; data-driven innovation. In the same time, the position requires a candidate with outstanding time management, organisation, and collaboration skills. The post includes joint work with other institutions and meetings with the project team (quarterly or similar) in locations across Europe. It also requires strong English communication skills (oral and written) to engage with different organisations and roles, produce clear, comprehensive documentation for the competitive call and run webinars with companies interested in applying.

It is critical that the application shows clear evidence of both the technical and non-technical aspects relevant to the job.

The post is available for two years.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

For further information please contact Professor Elena Simperl email:  

.Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 908617FP  on all correspondence.  

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