Unit :  Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Salary :  £34,304 to £40,927
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  19037
Full Time. Fixed term to June 2023
Closing Date :  15 November, 2021 – 12:00

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is looking for a Research Associate (depending on qualification), to work on EU funded projects – SPICE (http://spice-h2020.eu) and Polifonia (http://polifonia-project.eu).  

We are currently looking for a Research Associate to work on any of the following streams of research, relevant to the projects: 

  • Privacy and Policy-aware Semantic technologies or Distributed Online Social Networks (DOSN) 
  • Information extraction (NLP, machine/deep learning) for knowledge graph construction 
  • User-centered data science and sense-making 

The appointment will be made on the Academic Grade AC2 salary scale depending on qualifications and experience. 

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Description.

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please email Enrico.Daga@open.ac.uk.

If you would like to discuss the application or recruitment process before making an application, please email Resourcing-Hub@open.ac.uk or contact (Sally Siveter: 01908 653650)

What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered. 

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement in which you should set out why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.


Remember to attach your CV and Personal Statement as ONE DOCUMENT.  

You will receive updates regarding your application from resourcing-applications@open.ac.uk. Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role. 

You can view your application communications on the Candidate portal. 

Please note: If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions. 

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link). 

Closing date:  15/11/2021 12 noon

We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

Email : resourcing-hub@open.ac.uk 

An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on <enter unit telephone number/or remove> or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number

Job related information : 

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