Join us as an ODI research fellow

Thu Jul 16, 2020
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The Open Data Institute is inviting applications from researchers in data policy, economics, technology and learning for its research fellowship programme

The Open Data Institute is inviting applications from researchers in data policy, economics, technology and learning for its research fellowship programme

The ODI’s research and development programme changes how organisations collect, use and share data through applied research. We explore a range of social, economic and technological questions relating to access to data: from technologies to support digital twins and open data publication; through the social and economic impacts of differential access to data; to the important role of data trusts and other data institutions.

As part of our R&D programme, we are looking to work with and support early stage researchers through research fellowships at ODI

ODI Research Fellowships offer the opportunity to work with the ODI team and be connected to the businesses, public sector bodies and other organisations that are part of ODI’s network.

As an ODI Research Fellow, you will see the data challenges and questions that we and our partners face every day when collecting, using and sharing data, and designing data policies and interventions, and bring insight from your own research and that of wider academia.

ODI Research Fellowships are open to individual researchers with existing research funding. Fellows can join the ODI for a period of three to six months, working part or full time with a senior staff member as their ODI supervisor. We expect you to produce at least one output – such as an academic paper – during your fellowship.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of alignment with ODI’s research interests and the quality of feasibility of their research plan. We are keen to receive applications for research on:

  • data institutions such as data trusts, data rights, privacy and governance
  • the economics and value of data and the role of data in innovation policy
  • technologies to support data publication, collaboration and discovery
  • data skills and capability, what organisations need and how these can be developed

We are also particularly interested in research that focuses on health and wellbeing, or energy and the climate crisis.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in our application form. As well as your basic details, you will need to provide:

  • Your CV
  • Details about the research you want to carry out
  • A letter of recommendation from your academic supervisor

Applications can be submitted at any time, but we will interview applicants for a first cohort at the end of August 2020. The deadline for applications for this cohort is 17:00 UTC on 14th August 2020. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

About the ODI

The Open Data Institute is a small not-for-profit organisation that has expertise, a strong voice, and influence in our field. Our mission is to work with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage any harmful impacts.

The ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Artificial Intelligence expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to advocate for the innovative use of open data to affect positive change across the globe.

Our values are that we are expert, enabling and fearless. Read more about our mission here.