Job: Post-doctoral fellow, LiveMemories

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Nov 21 16:27:31 UTC 2008

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 14:19:16 +0100 (CET)
From: Fausto Giunchiglia <fausto at>
Message-ID: <55039. at>

We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow interested in working in the
LiveMemories project ( (A position for a
top student interested in pursuing a PhD as part of the same project
is also available.)

The research will be conducted under the direct supervision of Fausto
Giunchiglia ( in the Knowdive Group
(, a large, multicultural and
multidisciplinary group which is part of the Department of Computer
Science and Information Engineering (,
University of Trento (

Key words describing the research area of interest are: metadata
management and visualization; human-computer interaction; mash-ups;
social networks; geographical, spatial, and temporal data.

Essential skills and knowledge relevant to the project are:

• knowledge and experience concerning user interface design and
  evaluation, along with a general knowledge of human-computer

• knowledge of languages and methodologies used for the development of
  rich dynamic web applications (e.g., HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS,
  AJAX, mash-ups).

Desirable skills and knowledge relevant to the project are:

• understanding of the modeling primitives of the most popular social
  networks (e.g., Facebook, Myspace, Flickr) - particularly,
  knowledge of the open protocols of these networks as well as of
  related standardization initiatives (e.g., OpenSocial, LinkedData);

• knowledge of the typical architectures of web-based applications and
  related methods and technologies (e.g., cookies, authorized access
  to web contents, dynamic generation of web contents);

• knowledge of the principles of database design and of relevant
  languages and methodologies, such as ER diagram modeling, normal
  forms, SQL, and query optimization;

• experience in developing applications under and/or administering at
  least one of the more popular DBMSs (e.g., Oracle, DB2, MySQL,

• experience in working with geo-spatial databases (e.g, PostGIS);

• experience with project management.

Knowledge of Italian is not required.

The ideal candidate holds a PhD with top performance in a field
related to the areas mentioned above. (S)he should have a proven track
record of system design and development as well as of conducting
original research and publishing results in good conferences and
journals. (S)he should be proactive, self-motivated, able to work
independently and in a team, and capable of running projects and
leading a small group of programmers and PhD students.

The main activities and project responsibilities of the successful
candidate and the persons they supervise will concern the design,
implementation, and evaluation of user interfaces and associated
functionality for:

• accessing, managing, and sharing data, metadata, and ontologies in a
  multimedia environment;

• accessing, managing, and sharing geographical, spatial, and temporal

• enabling the use of social intelligence, including visualization,
  access, and management of communities;

• organizational intelligence.

The candidate and the supervisees will also design and implement an
API and a mash-up language for metadata, data, and community
integration, including temporal and spatial data. They will also
supervise and manage the use in real world conditions of the systems
that they develop.
The successful candidate will be expected to create a small but strong
group of programmers and PhD students that will produce top-level
research and publish it in the major relevant venues.

The successful candidate will support the project coordinator in the
overall project management activities. These activities will include,
among other things: managing their work and that of the collaborators;
continuous monitoring and checking of the project results; producing
project deliverables; and managing contacts and collaborations with
the project partners.

Salary: According to experience, but expected to fall in the range
24KEuro – 36KEuro/ year **NET**, including coverage of basic health

Duration: 3 years plus possibly a few extra months, starting as soon
as possible and ending with the end of the project.

How to apply: Send your CV, a letter explaining your interest in the
position, and the names of three referees by December 15th to:
fausto at

About us: The Department of Information Engineering and Computer
Science of the University of Trento is a leading and fast-growing
research institution, characterized by a young and international
faculty and a large, international student population.

About Trento: Trento ( is a small vibrant
city (around 100K people) with a beautifully preserved historic
center, situated in the middle of the Dolomites. It is consistently
ranked at the top in Italy for quality of life.  Thanks to its
fortunate location, Trento offers a wide variety of cultural and
sports opportunities all year around, as well as excellent food and

Further information: Fausto Giunchiglia, fausto at

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