Announcing ContentMine Fellowships!

ContentMine Fellows Twitter Graphic.jpegContentMine is a scholarly assistant for the 21st Century – we’re a team of researchers and developers building an open source pipeline for mining facts from the scientific literature: from genes to species, diseases to chemicals. We’re looking for early adopters who want to fast forward their literature-based research and extract information from thousands of papers for collation and analysis. If you have a research project that involves manually searching through thousands of documents, we could help!

In this first round, we will fund up to five fellows for six months to work on research projects related to the life sciences.


Anyone is welcome to apply with an interesting idea to explore using the scientific literature and a basic set of programming skills. We welcome and encourage applicants from outside academia. Due to the software still being in an alpha state we require applicants to have basic knowledge of:

  • UNIX command line
  • At least one programming language such as javascript, java, python, R, MATLAB or other data science/statistical programming languages.
  • Version control using git and github

What ContentMine Fellows can expect from us:

  • £1000 and some ContentMine merchandise!
  • A one-day webinar workshop to help you get started with the software.
  • Fortnightly support calls with the ContentMine developers.
  • Access to support via ContentMine Slack (chat app).
  • Priority support and bug fixes to help keep your research up and running.
  • Excitement and enthusiasm for your project! We are researchers and we love science.

What we expect from ContentMine Fellows:

  • We promote open notebook science! You will record your progress via github and the ContentMine discussion forum.
  • Three blog posts summarising progress over the course of six months, one of which will be the final report.
  • Willingness to explore new methods of research and research communication.
  • Attendance at fortnightly calls with members of the ContentMine team to help each other and discuss bugs or features for the software.
  • Detailed bug reporting and feedback on our software.

Application Process

Please submit the following as email attachments to Jenny Molloy (via contact [at] contentmine [dot] org): a one-page summary of your research idea, a CV and cover letter explaining your eligibility and why you would like to be a ContentMine Fellow. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to perform a simple task with the ContentMine software and attend a brief online interview. Applications close on 3 June 2016, interviews will take place shortly afterwards and the fellowships will run 1 July – 31 December 2016.

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