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Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Open Data Engineering

School of Computing and Digital Technology

Location:  City Centre Campus (Millennium Point)
Salary:  £28,854 to £38,153 per annum
Fixed Term for 24 Months
Closing Date:  Wednesday 30 November 2016
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  102016-438

Located in a modern £300M campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and industrial engagement. The School has growing research teams in cyber security, software engineering, data science, emergent networks and digital media technology working on visionary, multi-disciplinary, collaborative and impactful research.

We are seeking a full-time Research Associate or Research Fellow in Open Data Engineering to join a dedicated software innovation team working on a £2.2M EU funded project called the “Big Data Corridor”. The project involves collaboration between Birmingham City University, Birmingham City Council and several academic and industrial partners. The project will provide a new platform, customise  open source tools and develop services that enable Birmingham businesses and entrepreneurs to have facilitated access to big data repositories. It will also support digital innovation activities relating to the data platform through co-operation between academic researchers and business communities.  The post is for a fixed-term of 24 months.

The successful candidate should have a good degree or higher-level qualification in computer science, engineering or related subject. Competency in Object Oriented programming in Java, C#, and/or Python is essential as well as experience in developing web services and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Particular emphasis is on tools for database connectivity, data extraction, transformation, interoperability and integration. In addition, familiarity with a combination of semantic web, ontologies, domain specific services, XML, open data standards and related web technologies is desirable. Hands on experience with widely used systems such as CKAN open data platform, Hadoop, Pentaho data integration platform, or Hypercat is advantageous. You will be a clear communicator, excellent team player and have the ability to prioritise your workload.

This post plays a key role in a major EU project and provides the opportunity to develop leading-edge skills and experience in using and developing new and contemporary technologies. You will work closely with researchers and practitioners within a wide range of technical expertise.

This post is available at either the Research Associate or Research Fellow salary scale, depending on the experience of the successful candidate. A Research Fellow would be required to take assistant leadership role to meet the deliverables and reporting requirements of the project. A PhD in computing or substantial experience supported by evidence of a significant role in previous projects would be expected.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Professor Ali E. Abdallah  (email:

Deadline for application is Wednesday 30th November. You will be required to provide supporting statement, explaining why you are the ideal candidate for this post, include a copy of your CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.




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