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Research Associate

(Knowledge Representation in the CROSSCULT Project) - Ref: 1530783

Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate within UCL’s Department of Information Studies to work on a large European research project involving partners from multiple countries, in the field of Information Technologies applied to digital cultural heritage. The project involves new IT technologies and tools, which will be developed in collaboration with the project partners, and they will be used to link cultural heritage sites like museums or historical city centres across Europe, with the goal to provide visitors with a better understanding of the various facets of European history, and help them (re)interpret it.

The main purpose of this post is to undertake research activities to support the refinement and augmentation of the metadata used in the four pilots of the project, and on their integration through a generic upper-level ontology for cultural heritage. We are looking for a Research Associate with experience in Knowledge Representation, and in particular formal semantics-based models for the representation of knowledge in a manner that facilitates inference (i.e. drawing conclusions) from knowledge, and relevant Semantic Web languages (XML, RDF, OWL) and data management tools.

This post is available from 1 April 2016 and is funded to 30 November 2017 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The candidate should have a doctorate (or be near completion) in Computer/Information Science or a related field such as Digital Humanities, with a topic in Knowledge Representation / Semantic Web or any other similar research area, and an excellent record of research. Experience of high quality academic research and a subject background in Knowledge Representation, metadata models, ontologies, methods and tools for ontology development and semantic data management are essential. The candidate must have excellent research, writing and presentation skills, and an enthusiasm for collaborative, interdisciplinary work.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £29,485 - £31,091 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections)

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be downloaded here. All applications must be made via the UCL online system - vacancy ref. 1530783

For informal enquiries on the post please contact Dr Antonis Bikakis (

Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to

Grade:                                                            7
Hours:                                                             Full Time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance):      £33,686 - £38,557 per annum
Start date:                                                      1 April 2016
Closing date for applications:                        6 February 2016

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