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Research Associate on Ethical Web and Data Architectures

Posted: 13th August 2021

Department of Computer Science, Parks Road, Oxford.

Research Associate on Ethical Web and Data Architectures

Fixed term for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension for 1 more year

Grade 8: Salary £41,526 – £49,553 p.a. (note: post may be under-filled at grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.)

We are excited to announce a 2-year (with the possibility of an extension for 1 more year) Research Associate position at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Professors Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The Research Associate will be part of the newly funded multi-million-pound research project – Ethical Web and Data Architectures in the Age of AI - supported by the Oxford Martin School. The successful candidate will be located in the Department of Computer Science and be a member of the Human Centred Computing Theme.

The post holder will be responsible for elements of the design, development and deployment of new forms of technical infrastructure and cutting-edge privacy-preserving methods consistent with the aim of the EWADA project. They will work collaboratively with the PIs and other members of the research team on the project, as well as independently leading and developing their own body of research in line with the project’s aims. The post holder will be a member of the Human Centred Computing theme within the Department of Computer Science. The research group carries out world leading research relating to Human Computer Interaction, Human Centred AI, responsible innovation, and ethical data infrastructures. More information on Human Centred Computing can be found here:


The successful candidate will also be part of the EWADA research programme, which brings together researchers from Oxford’s Department of Computer Science, Faculties of Law and Philosophy, the Oxford Internet Institute, and the Blavatnik School of Government ( ).

Whilst the role is a grade 8 position, we would be willing to consider candidates with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, for which an initial appointment would be at grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322 p.a.) with the responsibilities adjusted accordingly (for Grade 7, you would be expected to hold a doctoral degree in Computer Science OR be close to completion). This would be discussed with applicants at interview/appointment where appropriate.

This post is a full time, fixed term contract for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension for 1 more year. All applicants must complete an application form and submit a CV and supporting statement.

The closing date for applications is at 12 noon on 1 October 2021. Interviews are expected to be held in October.

We are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, Living Wage and Mindful Employer, holding an Athena Swan Bronze Award, HR excellence in Research and Race Equality Charter Bronze Award.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and we proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diversity groups and champions, for example , as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example shared parental leave.

Demonstrating a commitment to provide equality of opportunity. We would particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic applicants who are currently under-represented within the Computer Science Department. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria.



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