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Early Stage Researcher PhD post with the PROTECT Marie-Curie training network

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Project Description


PROTECT is an international, interdisciplinary and cross academic-industry training network hosted across Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. It is recruiting 14 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to undertake research towards PhDs in the disciplines of law, ethics or computer science, with the common goal of Protecting Personal Data Amidst Big Data Innovation.

This post, ESR4, will be hosted by Trinity College Dublin. This ESR will undertake research in open data models for the transparent modelling of risk in data processing applications. In undertaking data analytics or AI-assisted decision-making on personal data, organisations need to manage the risk of breaching the privacy and ethical expectations of different stakeholders. Stakeholders may include data suppliers, customers, data subjects, regulators, other indirectly affected stakeholders and society in general. Managing such risks involves engaging with this wide variety of stakeholder to model the uncertainty and change in stakeholder expectations in a systematic, repeatable and transparent way. The ESR will research Semantic Web modelling techniques to integrate stakeholder expectations into data integration and quality management processes as a contribution to achieving ethical data governance and trustworthy AI.

This PhD post will be supervised by Prof Dave Lewis, and Prof Declan O'Sullivan


The Horizon 2020 MSCA ITN programme offers an attractive and highly competitive salary and working conditions for Early Stage Researchers undertaking a PhD. Successful candidates will receive living allowance along with monthly mobility allowance and where applicable an additional family allowance, as well as funding for research travel, equipment, material and training. Candidate will be registered with the PhD programme relevant to their academic discipline (law, ethics, computer science) of their primary academic supervisor, and will be supported by a supervisory team draw from academic and industry research from across the PROTECT network.

Full details regarding benefits, eligibility requirements and application process is available at

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