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Research Associate (Data Scientist)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-09390

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/03/2017

Salary: £31,076 to £33,943 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

School/ Directorate: ZZDO NOT USE Alliance MBS - Innovation, Management and Policy Division

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Available from 1 July 2017 to 31 July 2019

We seek to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Data Scientist) to work in the “Knowledge in the making in the European Society” (KNOWMAK) project which is sponsored by the EU H2020 programme. This large-scale project will develop a web-based tool, which provides interactive visualisations and state-of-the-art indicators on knowledge co-creation in the European Research Area. As part of this project, Dr Abdullah Gök (principal investigator) and Prof Philip Shapira (co-investigator) focus on identifying and characterising knowledge creators that are not visible in conventional structured data sources. This will involve developing approaches to utilise unstructured textual data from a variety of online sources.

You will design and implement strategies to collect, process, analyse and infer textual data by employing cutting-edge natural language processing (NLP) approaches. You will also be responsible for the collection of data from a variety of sources (e.g. publications, patents, policy documents, websites, social media, twitter, ResearchGate, Linkedin, Mendeley, etc.)  through automated and semi-automated techniques (APIs, scrapers etc.) You will employ NLP techniques to analyse the textual data gathered, indexed and stored in a database. ? As a Data Scientist you will be associated with the Emerging Technologies and Governance theme at Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) under the direction and supervision of Dr Abdullah Gök and Professor Philip Shapira and will also be a part of a multidisciplinary team at the MIoIR while having extensive linkages to the other project partners including the University of Sheffield NLP Group.

Please apply on-line attaching a recent CV, in the additional information please include a cover letter stating how you meet the essential and desirable criteria, including your capabilities, experience, and interests.

As the School is committed to Athena SWAN principles, we welcome applications from women, who are currently under-represented at this grade. All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name:  Dr Abdullah Gök


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date


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