Job: Development of the collaborative platform for domain knowledge construction and maintenance, ESSENCE project=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?=97FELLOW_?=4

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Wed Jan 29 10:15:35 UTC 2014

Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:21:11 +0100 (CET)
From: Fausto Giunchiglia <fausto at>
Message-ID: <47895. at>

We are looking for a top student interested in working within the
ESSENCE project—FELLOW 4 ( The research will be
conducted under the supervision of Fausto Giunchiglia
( in the KnowDive Group
(, a large, multicultural and
multi-disciplinary group which is part of the Department of Information
Engineering and Computer Science (, University of
Trento (

Keywords: Entity-centric knowledge representation, semantic
repositories, domain knowledge construction, collaborative platforms,
user interface and experience design, crowdsourcing.

Essential skills and knowledge relevant to the project are:

- very good spoken and written English with strong writing skills, good
  teamwork abilities;
- experience with knowledge engineering methodologies, knowledge
  construction and maintenance, user profiling, reputation, incentive
  mechanisms and negotiation techniques;
- experience in the design and development of a collaborative platform,
  including the architecture and the user interface;
- strong experience in software design and development, beyond the
  academic curriculum.

Desirable skills and knowledge relevant to the project are:

- knowledge resources (linguistic resources, thesauri, ontologies);
- semantic matching and meaning negotiation techniques;
- linked and open data;
- user interface and experience design;
- crowdsourcing techniques;
- API performance evaluation and optimization;
- technical writing (API documentation);
- developer community management.

The ideal candidate is a top student interested in pursuing a PhD
degree, with top performance in a field related to the areas mentioned
above. (S)he should be proactive, self-motivated, able to work
independently and in a team, and capable of work with a small group of
programmers and PhD fellows of top universities and partners.

The main activities and project responsibilities of the successful
candidate will concern the development of a collaborative platform for
domain knowledge construction:

- develop a collaborative distributed framework to support experts in
  the massive construction and maintenance of domain knowledge while
  distinguishing between natural and formal language;

- design and evaluate methods for collecting natural language terms in
  multiple languages and for disambiguating their meaning using various

- design and evaluate methods for identifying the main concepts in a
  domain—in terms of classes, attributes and relations between them—and
  by arranging them into hierarchies in order to make explicit the
  semantic relations between them.

The candidate will concentrate on the development of the collaborative
platform for domain knowledge construction and maintenance. The
successful candidate will be expected to design and evaluate scientific
insights about appropriate user profiling, reputation and incentive
mechanisms and will produce top-level research and publish it in the
major relevant venues. (S)he will be expected to design quantitative
evaluation results obtained with the platform in realworld
domain-specific test case scenarios.

(S)he will support the project coordinator in the overall project
management activities. These activities will include, among others:
managing the team’s work and that of collaborators; producing project
deliverables; and managing contacts and collaborations with the project

Financial Provisions:
Monthly living allowance: gross amount Euro 34.189,74 per year (cost for
the administration—social charges and taxes included Euro 40.508,00 per
Monthly mobility allowance of 700-1000 Euro: depending on the family
situation of the researcher (it is a flat rate allowance to cover
expenses linked to the personal household). The ‘host institution’ will
apply to the mobility allowance the same taxation principles as on

Coverage of the expenses related to the participation of the ESR in
research and training activities (contribution to research-related
costs, meetings, conference attendance, training actions, etc.)
Duration of contract: 36 months, starting on September 01, 2014.

Eligibility constraint to apply to the call, the following requirements
are mandatory:

- four- or five-year degree in Computer Science either awarded by an
  Italian university or a title obtained abroad that has been recognised
  as equivalent to the mentioned Italian degree;
- a professional-scientific CV relevant to the research program;
- at least two recommendation letters;
- written and oral knowledge of the English language (professional
- the student must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity
  (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organization
  (Italy) for more than 12 months during the 3 years immediately prior
  to his/her recruitment.

Mobility constraint:
- a period of 4 months at the Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de
  Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)— Barcelona, Spain;
- a period of 6 months at the Ingegneria Informatica SpA (ENG)—Italy.

How to apply:
please fill in the pre-application at:

About Trento: Trento ( is a small vibrant city
(around 100K people) with a beautifully preserved historic centre,
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 wine.

Further information:
Fausto Giunchiglia, fausto at

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