Research Fellow

Updated: 26 days ago
Location: Southampton, ENGLAND
Deadline: 29 May 2024

Web & Internet Science


Highfield Campus


£34,980 to £38,205 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term

Closing Date:  

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Interview Date:  

To be confirmed



We are welcoming applications from individuals passionate about exploring real-world data, knowledge graphs, and driving positive changes in the research landscape. As part of the "Provenance Analytics for Research Software (PARS)" project, you will explore real-world data describing the connections between research software, publications, and contributors. In understanding these connections, we will (i) transform how we perceive the significance, originality, and rigor of developing research software, and (ii) improve the transparency, facilitate result reproducibility, and encouraging the citation of research software in academic literature.  

About you

We are seeking a researcher to contribute to the integration and analysis of research software provenance data. In this role, you will lead the development of models and tools, collect research data, and generate valuable insights into research software. Collaborating closely with project partners and under the guidance of the principal investigator, you'll leverage insights from diverse research activities to develop a comprehensive understanding of research software, academic literature, and contributors.
You will be involved with modeling and implementing the PARS framework to capture research activities, research software, and contributors. You will expand existing tooling written in Python to capture real world data, which will be used to generate data for conferences, journals, and policymakers. You will also engage in stakeholder consultations to drive user-driven model development, addressing both academic research and practical needs. You will be able to participate in policy workshops which will provide avenues for engagement with policymakers. 

It is essential you have an equivalent professional qualifications or PhD, and experience in Computer Science in the broad area of knowledge graphs, software engineering, research software and data science, and the ability to code in Python.

The position will be located within ECS on Highfield Campus and the management will be provided by the project’s Principle Investigator, Dr. Heather Packer. This position involves collaboration with the Software Sustainability Institute, Society of Research Software Engineers, and Public Policy Southampton.

What can we offer?

Ranked in the top one per cent of universities globally and among the UK’s top 20 for research, the University of Southampton has an international reputation for its research, teaching, and enterprise activities. 

Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. University of Southampton holds an Athena Swan Silver Award. The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities; employees can participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.

Funding is available for two years starting from 1 May 2024.

For further information please contact Dr. Heather Packer([email protected]).

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.

Further details:

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome applicants who support our mission of inclusivity.

Apply by 11.59 pm GMT on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or [email protected] quoting the job number.

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