3 jobs (2 developers, 1 researcher) on Linked Data for Education at the Open University

Dear All, 

[The deadline to apply for the first position (Research Assistant/Associate - 2 years) is 1 week from now.]

We have three opportunities for talented people with interest in linked data and/or education technology to join the Open University's work on linked data for education. 

Two of the open positions ("project officer", 1 year each) relate to supporting the development, practice and application of linked data within the Open University, mixing technical skills with the ability to engage with a broad academic community. 

The third one (research assistant/post-doc, 2 years) is broader in scope, as it takes place within a newly funded european project (the LinkedUp Support Action), looking at applying open web data technologies and principles across a network of universities and education-releated organisation in Europe and worldwide. Note that the deadline for applying to this one is 1 week earlier than the others (see details below).

Please refer to the Knowledge Media Institute's job vacancy page (http://kmi.open.ac.uk/jobs/) for more information (individual links provided below). Contact Mathieu d'Aquin (m.daquin@open.ac.uk) for more information about the positions, and kmi-recruitment@open.ac.uk for clarifications on the application procedure.

Research Assistant/Associate (post-doc) - Linked Data for Education EU project (LinkedUp) - 2 years
The Open University, Knowledge Media Institute
Apply by: 12th September 2012
More info: http://kmi.open.ac.uk/jobs/index.php#8306

Working within the LinkedUp European Support Action, the goal here is to create both the technological and the support infrastructure to push forward the application of linked data in the education sector in general. This means in particular that we need somebody able to become an expert in the application of the linked data principles for open educational data, and learning and teaching applications. Beyond the purely technological aspects however, this implies collaborating and engaging with a large network of educational institutions (universities and other organisations) on innovations led by the deployment of Linked Data-based solutions.

Project Officer / Linked Data - 1 year
The Open University - Knowledge Media Institute
Apply by: 19th September 2012
More info: http://kmi.open.ac.uk/jobs/index.php#8307

This job is about becoming the Linked Data Specialist/Expert/Champion at the Open University. The core of the work here is related to taking care of data.open.ac.uk: ensure that it works and is maintained, keep the data up-to-date with changes in the original sources, identify new sources of data and integrate them, demonstrate and build the practices of Linked Data within the University, especially through dedicated applications. We are therefore expecting candidates to have good technological background (with the ability to develop using languages such as Java, PHP, Javascript) and good communication skills. Naturally, an interest in linked (open) data is strongly recommended.

Project Officer / REF Publications, Linked Data - 1 year
The Open University, Knowledge Media Institute
Apply by: 19th September 2012
More info: http://kmi.open.ac.uk/jobs/index.php#8308

One of the most significant areas of application of Linked Data at the Open University (and the academic sector in general) is for the management of research communities and research outputs. This job concerns one of such applications, which is especially dedicated to supporting the Research Excellence Framework for evaluating the quality of research realised in the university. This application makes use of data available from data.open.ac.uk and creates its own (private) datasets to support researchers at the Open University (hundreds of them) in managing, annotating and promoting their research output. Ability to programme (in PHP, and possibly in Javascript) as well as experience/interest in managing information in the academic community are of course needed here.


The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).

Received on Wednesday, 5 September 2012 12:38:04 UTC