University of Edinburgh Featured PhD Programmes
University of Southampton Featured PhD Programmes
Norwich Research Park Featured PhD Programmes
University of Warwick Featured PhD Programmes
FindA University Ltd Featured PhD Programmes

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow ITN (Cleopatra)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Salary: £36,958 -£40,522 subject to exchange rate fluctuations
The Web and Internet Science (WAIS) Research Group at the University of Southampton is offering a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher position to join the Cleopatra project.

With a rapidly increasing degree of integration among the European countries, a rising number of events, such as Paris shootings and Brexit, strongly impact the European community and the European digital economy across language and country borders. This development results in a vast amount of event-centric multilingual information available from different communities in the news, on the Web and in social media. Cross-lingual technologies to efficiently access, analyse and interact with this information are of utmost importance for various stakeholder groups across Europe, including digital humanities, memory institutions, publishers, media monitoring companies and journalists. The Cleopatra project offers a unique interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research and training programme addressing these challenges.

The main objectives are to:

1.Facilitate advanced cross-lingual processing of event-centric textual and visual information on a large scale

2.Develop innovative methods for efficient and intuitive user access and interaction with multilingual information

3.Facilitate large-scale analytics of multilingual event-centric information and cross-cultural studies

4.Educate a group of top-level scientists with unique interdisciplinary and intersectoral expertise in multilingual information science who will be enabled to take leading roles in research and industry in the future

5.Establish an interdisciplinary curriculum for cross-lingual information analytics

The research topics addressed at the University of Southampton in the context of Cleopatra are at the intersection between social/crowd computing and language technologies. We are looking for a highly motivated Marie Curie Fellow to join Cleopatra and carry out research to build human-in-the-loop solutions for cross-lingual, entity-centric text tasks. Relevant research challenges include: motivating and incentivising participation; quality of crowdsourced data; new interfaces to collect and validate crowd answers e.g., speech, AR; augmenting knowledge graphs through crowdsourcing.

You will have a strong computer science or human computation interaction background (BSc or MSc degree in Computer Science, Web Science, HCI or related discipline), as well as outstanding data analysis, writing and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have solid programming skills e.g. Python and a good command of machine learning and other data science toolkits.

You will:
•Spend the majority of your time at the University of Southampton where you will perform research activities in the context of the Cleopatra project, including contributions to project deliverables (reports, events, presentations).
•Engage with other researchers in Southampton and within the Cleopatra network and participate in all relevant meetings and training program offered by Cleopatra.
•Contribute to impact reports and dissemination and outreach activities, including updates of the project Website, trip reports, posters etc.

Funding Notes

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD ?? (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter ??I under the Topic or Field of Research.

Applications should include:
Research Proposal
Curriculum Vitae
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
Apply online: View Website

For further information please contact:


In order to be considered for this post, you will be required to complete the postgraduate application process. Please see link below:

To be eligible, you must satisfy the mobility requirements of Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions, explained at [1].As a primary objective of the EID program is international mobility, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) is a requirement for the researcher when taking up the appointment. Therefore, at the time of recruitment by UoS, the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Furthermore, at the time of recruitment you must not yet have been awarded your doctorate and must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of your research career.

The salary payable to the successful candidate will differ to the ‘researcher unit cost’ as set in the Grant Agreement. The unit cost is to cover all employment costs and Employer’s liabilities to HMRC and any applicable employer’s pension contributions must therefore be deducted before from the available budget before arriving at the amount available as salary. Under UK legislation the living allowance, mobility allowance and any applicable family allowance are all deemed taxable. The gross salary calculated after Employer’s costs will then be subject to Employee’s deductions for Tax, NI and Pension contributions where applicable. The sterling salary payable will also be affected by exchange rate fluctuations and will therefore be subject to six monthly reviews.

University of Southampton is ranked in the top 1% of the universities worldwide with particular strengths in sciences and engineering.

We welcome informal enquiries: please contact Elena Simperl via email: [email protected]

This post is offered on a full time basis, fixed term for 3 years.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.


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 Daniel Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3462. Please quote reference 1082318FP-R3 on all correspondence

How good is research at University of Southampton in Computer Science and Informatics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.20

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities

Email Now

Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here
* required field
Send a copy to me for my own records.

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully

FindAPhD. Copyright 2005-2019
All rights reserved.