[Elsnet-list] Open position for Research Assistant in Usable Interface Development for Semantic Web Technologies at University of Sheffield

Fabio Ciravegna fabio at dcs.shef.ac.uk
Mon Aug 18 17:00:11 CEST 2008

Apologies for multiple postings. please feel free to forward to  
interested parties

The following position is available for the Web Intelligence  
Technologies Lab, Natural Language Processing Group, Department of  
Computer Science, University of Sheffield
to work on the X-Media-Project (www.x-media-project.org)

Position: Research Assistant in Usable Interface Development for  
Semantic Web Technologies at the University of Sheffield

BRIEF OUTLINE: The post holder will work within the Intelligent Web  
Tech Lab. The work will concern the definition of new and cutting edge  
methodologies and technologies for accessing, visualising and  
manipulating knowledge in large scale environments, within a web  
environment and on the user desktip. The post is associated to the  
Integrated Project X-Media (www.x-media-project.org), one of the  
largest projects funded by the European Union as part of Framework 6,  
Knowledge and Content Technologies.

X-Media concerns large scale knowledge management across media and it  
is coordinated by the University of Sheffield, Professor Fabio  
Ciravegna. The post holder will participate in the X-Media project,  
studying, designing, implementing and evaluating interactive  
interfaces for accessing information in very large heterogeneous and  
distributed repositories. Research is carried out in both Sheffield  
University and at industrial partners’ premises where the developed  
applications will be used daily in real world environments.

Applicants must have at least a good first degree (or equivalent) in  
computer science and a sound understanding of user-centred interface  

This post is available for one and a half years, with the possibility  
of extension subject to funding.

REPORT TO: The X-Media Area 1 (Knowledge Sharing and Reuse)  
coordinator Dr
Daniela Petrelli and the Area 4 (Applications and Testing) coordinator  
Dr Aba-Sah Dadzie. The post is required to report to both coordinators  
in individual and/or common meetings.

Main Activities & Responsibilities:
•Design and implement interactions and interfaces for accessing  
knowledge and information in a very large collection of multimedia  
documents (texts, images and data);
•Design and implement individual software components;
•Supervise and manage the use of the implemented prototype in real  
world conditions, i.e., aerospace and automotive industry;
•Contribute to project deliverables and scientific papers;
•Contribute to preparing presentations to disseminate research  
findings at national / international conferences.

•Plan and prioritise own daily work;
•Deal on a daily basis with reactive requests emerging from  
communication with team members;
•Continuously monitor and check results. The unpredictability of  
research means that daily planning needs to accommodate new  
•Respect of deadlines is mandatory.
PERSON SPECIFICATION (E: Essential, D: Desirable)

Applicants should demonstrate evidence of the following:

Qualifications and Experience
•A good first degree in Computer Science/Web Technology (or  
equivalent)  (E)
•Completion of an M.Sc. and/or working toward a PhD in Computer  
Science/Web Technology (or equivalent) (E)
•Excellent knowledge of web-related languages and standards (e.g. PHP,  
P2P, JSP, Servlets, AJAX, JavaScript, XML, XHTML, CSS, XSLT, RDF, SVG,  
Xforms, HTTP, WSDL, SOAP) (E)
•Experience  with RDF query languages (e.g. SPARQL, SERQL) (D)
•Experience in web design and user interface development (E – a  
portfolio of examples would be appreciated).
•Good knowledge of web design tools (e.g. Dreamweaver, Flash,  
Photoshop) (E).
•Excellent programming skills in Java and JSP (E).
•Knowledge of database systems (e.g. MySQL or similar) and (D)
•Sound understanding of Human-Computer Interaction, including  
experience in user studies and/or user evaluations (a plus)
•Good understanding of Semantic Web principles

Communication skills
•Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the ability  
to work in a group and participating in project meetings actively (E)

INFORMAL ENQUIRIES:  For an informal discussion about this post,  
please contact Professor Fabio Ciravegna (tel: 0114 2221940; email: f.ciravegna at dcs.shef.ac.uk 

FURTHER INFORMATION: The post is available full-time and is tenable  
until end of the project (February 2010)

SALARY: according to experience, but expected in the range of £22,332-  
In addition to competitive pay and generous holiday entitlements, our  
staff enjoy access to:

•final salary pension scheme
•corporate Childcare Vouchers scheme
•Home Computing Initiative scheme: www.sheffield.ac.uk/hci
•special staff rates for S10 Health membership: www.sheffield.ac.uk/s10/index.html
•outstanding sports and recreational facilities.

CLOSING DATE: 1st of September 2008.

INTERVIEW DATE: 12th of September 2008

STARING DATE: as soon as possible thereafter, possibly by October 2008

How to apply: See http://www.shef.ac.uk/jobs/cms_results_details.php?file=job_list&ID=6161&start=1

Informal enquiries can be sent to:

Prof. Fabio Ciravegna,
Professor of Language and Knowledge Technologies
Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield,
Regent Court, 211 Portobello, S1 4DP, Sheffield, UK
Tel:+44(0)114-22.21940, Fax:+44(0)114-22.21810
www: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~fabio/
fabio at dcs.shef.ac.uk

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