[Elsnet-list] Postdoc + PhD positions for LiveMemories project

Fausto Giunchiglia fausto at disi.unitn.it
Thu Oct 16 12:34:13 CEST 2008

Apologies for multiple postings

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

The work will be developed under the direct supervision of Fausto
Giunchiglia (http://www.disi.unitn.it/~fausto/), as part of the Knowdive
Group (http://dit.unitn.it/~knowdive/), a large, multicultural and
multidisciplinary group, which is part of the Department of Computer
Science and Information Engineering ( http://disi.unitn.it/welcome ),
University of Trento ( http://portale.unitn.it/ateneo/ ).

Key words describing the research area of interest are: Metadata
management and visualization, HCI, Mash-ups, Social networks,
geographical, spatial and temporal data.

Skills and knowledge relevant to the project are (E: Essential, D:

•	Knowledge of the principles of the design and development of user
interfaces and knowledge of related HCI issues (E);
•	Profound understanding of the modeling primitives of the most popular
social networks (e.g., Facebook, Myspace, Flickr) in an important asset.
Particularly, knowledge of the open protocols of these networks as well as
of related standardization initiatives (e.g., OpenSocial, LinkedData) (E);
•	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) (E);
•	Knowledge of languages and methodologies used for the development of
rich dynamic web applications (e.g., HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS, AJAX,
mash-ups) (E);
•	Knowledge of the principles of database design and of relevant languages
and methodologies:ER diagram modeling, normal forms, SQL, query
optimization, etc. Experience of developing applications under and/or
administrating of one (or several) of the most popular DBMSs (e.g.,
Oracle, DB2, MySQL, PostgreSQL) (D);
•	Experience of working with geo-spatial databases (e.g, PostGIS) (D);

Knowledge of Italian is not needed.

The ideal candidate holds a PhD with top performance in fields related to
the areas mentioned above. (S)he should have a proven track record of
system design and development as well as in conducting original research
and in publishing results in top 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.

Project management experience constitutes a plus.
The main activities and project responsibilities of the successful
candidate will be:
•	Design and implement modalities and interactions for accessing, managing
and sharing data, metadata and ontologies in a multimedia environment;
•	Design and implement modalities and interactions for accessing, managing
and sharing geographical, spatial and temporal data;
•	Design and implement modalities for enabling the use of social
intelligence, including visualization, access and management of
•	Design and implement modalities for organisational intelligence;
•	Design and implement API, a Mash-up language for metadata, data and
community integration, including temporal and spatial data;
•	Supervise and manage the use of the implemented prototype in real world
The successful candidates will be expected to produce top level research
and to publish it in the major relevant venues. They will be involved in
the supervision of PhD students and in the creation of a strong group in
their research area.

The successful candidates 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, managing contacts and collaborations with the
project partners.
Salary: according to experience, but expected in the range 24KEuro –
36KEuro/ year **NET**.

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, plus the names of three referees by November
15th to: fausto at disi.unitn.it.
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 (http://www.apt.trento.it/) is a small vibrant city
(around 100K people), with a beautifully preserved historic center,
situated in the middle of the Dolomites, consistently ranked at the top
for quality of life. Also thanks to it 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 disi.unitn.it
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