Research Fellowship on OpenCitations

opencitations OpenCitations

Duration: Full-time temporary employment, 1 year

Net Salary: In excess of 23K euros per year (exempt from income tax, after deduction of social security contributions)

Start date: 1st November 2017, or very shortly thereafter.

Location: Digital and Semantic Publishing Laboratory, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Application Deadline: 7 August 2017, 23:59 CET


Please do not hesitate to contact Silvio Peroni ( for further information.


We seek a skilled computer scientist / research engineer to work on the OpenCitations Enhancement Project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (

The OpenCitations Corpus (OCC, is an open repository of scholarly citation data made available under a Creative Commons public domain dedication (CC0), which provides in RDF accurate citation information (bibliographic references) harvested from the scholarly literature. The OpenCitations Enhancement Project wants to make the OCC more useful to the academic community both by significantly expanding the volume of citation data held within the Corpus, and by developing novel data visualizations and query services over the stored data.

The project is a collaboration with the University of Oxford, but the Research Fellow will work with Dr Silvio Peroni in the Digital and Semantic Publishing Laboratory at the University of Bologna, Italy. This is a lively and stimulating environment, and the Research Fellow will be expected to provide a key personal contribution to the project.

In particular, the Research Fellow will develop and be responsible for:

  • visualisation interfaces for making sense of the citation data included in the OCC;

  • tools to enable the semi-automatic curation of the OCC;

  • mechanisms for assessing the data quality of the information included in the Corpus;

  • scripts related to the regular maintenance of the Corpus.

Applicants are expected to have excellent research skills, computer programming skills, and the ability to communicate, undertake academic writing and make verbal conference presentations in good English.  Expertise in Web Interface Design and Information Visualization, and in Semantic Web technologies, Linked Data and Web technologies would be highly beneficial, plus a strong and demonstrable commitment to open science and team-working abilities. The minimal formal requirement for this position is a Masters degree in computer science, but it is expected that the successful applicant will have had research experience leading to a doctoral degree.

Applications are open and will close on 7 August 2017, 23:59 CET. Applications can be sent alternatively:

  • in person in Bologna;
  • by post or courier (it must be received by the administration by the deadline);
  • by sending a certified e-mail (i.e. PEC in Italy).

Living in Bologna

Bologna is the largest city (and the capital) of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, located in the heart of a metropolitan area of about one million people.

It is a lively city, famous for its culinary tradition, and home to numerous prestigious cultural, economic and political institutions. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture, and in 2006 a UNESCO “city of music”. It is also one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, often ranking as one of the top cities in terms of quality of life in the country: in 2011 it ranked 1st out of 107 Italian cities.

The University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is recognized as the oldest university in the western world, and one of the largest in Italy (with about 90,000 enrolled students).

Bologna has an international airport and is very easy to reach by road and rail, being close to several other major cities in Italy, including Milan (one hour by train), Florence (half an hour by train), Rome (two hours by train), and Venice (one hour and half by train).

Cost of living

Sample figures for monthly rent are 350 € for a room in a shared house and 700-800 € for an apartment suitable for two persons or a family. These figures usually include heating and water but not electricity and telecommunication.

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