Studentship Vacancies

Full-time PhD Studentships

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Stipend: 14,057 per year plus fee bursary, Ref: 9668
Based in Milton Keynes

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is home to internationally recognised researchers in semantic technologies, natural language processing, artificial intelligence and digital libraries. KMi offers students an intellectually challenging environment with exceptional research and computer facilities.

We are currently offering fully-funded studentships commencing October 2016. Applications are invited from UK, EU and international students for full-time, 3-year study on the following PhD topics. For further information, contact details are provided for each topic.

  • Web-scale research analytics for identifying high performance and trends: data-driven approaches to scientometrics (2 positions supported by Jisc). This topic will look into new forms of research assessment analysis based on textual data in research publications. It is expected that the PhD will go further into analysing the propagation of facts through research literature forming a research network. We expect the applicant to work on the intersection of text analysis, social networking and general data mining/analysis.
    Contact Petr Knoth or Zdenek Zdrahal.
  • Large-scale information extraction from unstructured textual resources. The student is expected to work with millions of research papers extracting useful information from their text to assist in knowledge discovery & information retrieval. It is expected the applicant will focus on developing new information extraction methods making use of supervised and semi-supervised machine learning.
    Contact Petr Knoth or Zdenek Zdrahal.
  • Discovering semantic relationships in large textual collections with applications to recommender systems for research. This topic will look into personalised and non-personalised approaches to the discovery of related research papers, topics, people, facts, etc. It is expected the new methods will benefit from various forms of content relationship analysis, such as finding similar and/or contradictory content, discovering evidence, etc. The methods may also be combined with new user-based approaches, such as those similar to collaborative filtering.
    Contact Petr Knoth or Zdenek Zdrahal.

All of the above PhD topics provide an excellent opportunity in doing research in an area where the research outcomes could be easily tested and deployed in practical applications operated by KMi.

We strongly recommend that you contact Petr Knoth to discuss your interest prior to writing your research proposal.

Deadline: Applicants will be interviewed as soon as possible after they formally apply. The studentships are available until they are filled.

For detailed information and how to apply go to, call the Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0)1908 654774 or email quoting the reference number.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy

It is strongly recommended that applicants contact the named contact point for the project of interest to get more information about the project in question. It is also important to read the online prospectus before downloading and completing the 10-page MPhil/PhD application form.

Applications should be sent by email to (please CC when submitting applications) and should include a covering letter, a research proposal (a maximum of 2,000 words), and a full CV, giving contact details for two academic referees.

All applicants must have a first or upper second class degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent and ideally a relevant Masters degree. Unless from a majority English-speaking country, non-EEA applicants will require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each element of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. IELTS Certificates are valid for a period of 2-years.

About KMi


Reader / Senior Research Lectureship

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
49,772 - 55,998
Based in Milton Keynes
Permanent position

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is one of the top research centres in the world in the area of knowledge and media technologies, and we offer a creative and flexible working environment. The...


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