[Elsnet-list] UPDATE: Open position for Research Associate in
Multi-modal Management of Collective Intelligence at
University of Sheffield
fabio at dcs.shef.ac.uk
Wed Sep 3 11:14:51 CEST 2008
Apologies for multiple postings, please feel free to forward to
Please note an ad was previously circulated with incorrect dates for
- the correct date are:
- submission: 15th September, 2008
- interviews: 29th of September, 2008
Apologies for any inconvenience caused
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 WeKnowIt project:
Research Associate in Multi-modal Management of Collective
Intelligence at the University of Sheffield
BRIEF OUTLINE: The postholder will work on projects within the
Intelligent Web Tech Lab. The work will concern the definition of new
and cutting edge methodologies and technologies for accessing, sharing
and manipulating collective intelligence. The post is associated to
the Integrated Project WeKnowIt (http://www.weknowit.eu/) funded by
the European Union as part of Framework 7, (2008-2011).
DUTIES: participating in the WKI project, studying, designing,
implementing and evaluating solutions for accessing and providing
information in very large heterogeneous and distributed environments
via media such as mobile phones and computers.
Applicants must have a good first degree (1st class or 2:1 or
equivalent) in computer science (or related areas) and a relevant PhD
in the area (or equivalent research experience).
This post is available full-time for two years, potentially renewable
for the duration of the project (March 2011).
REPORT TO: Lab coordinator (prof. Fabio Ciravegna) and Dr Vita
Lanfranchi., project manager for WeKnowIt.
Main Activities & Responsibilities:
•Design and implement modalities and interactions for accessing and
sharing knowledge and information in a multimodal and multimedial
•Design and implement modalities for enabling the use of social
intelligence, including visualisation of communities;
•Carry out research in the area of multimodal management of collective
•Design and implement modalities for organisational intelligence;
•Supervise and manage the use of the implemented prototype in real
world conditions, i.e. in the emergency management use-case.
•Write project deliverables and scientific papers.
•Prepare and give presentations to disseminate research findings at
national / international conferences.
PLANNING & ORGANISING:
•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
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) and a PhD in a relevant field or equivalent research
•Proven research experience (E)
•Excellent programming skills in Java (E).
•Experience with web-related languages and standards (e.g. any of the
XSLT, RDF, SVG, Xforms, HTTP, WSDL, SOAP) (E)
•Experience in web design and user interface development (D – a
portfolio of examples would be appreciated).
•Good Knowledge of Semantic Web Methodologies (D)
•Knowledge of database systems and RDF query languages (D)
•Experience in mobile application design and development (D)
•Experience of designing and developing research (D)
•Sound understanding of Human-Computer Interaction, including
experience in user studies and/or user evaluations (a plus)
•Experience in undertaking research as part of large collaborative
projects involving international partners (a plus)
•Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the ability
to work in a group and participating in project meetings actively (E)
•Proven ability to produce independent research (E)
INFORMAL ENQUIRIES: For an informal discussion of these positions
please contact Professor Fabio Ciravegna, tel: 0114 222 1940, email: fabio at dcs.shef.ac.uk
FURTHER INFORMATION: The post is available full-time and is tenable
for an initial period of 2 years, potentially renewable until the end
of the project (April 2011).
SALARY: according to experience, but expected in the range of £26,666-
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Will be those for grade 7 staff,
a summary version is attached for information only.
Please note that the terms and conditions for all appointments are
currently being reviewed as part of the implementation of the
University of Sheffield Grading Scheme. New appointees will be
provided with the final version on appointment.
BENEFITS FOR STAFF
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: 15th of September 2008.
INTERVIEW DATE: 29th of September 2008
STARING DATE: as soon as possible thereafter, possibly by October 2008
How to Apply: see
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
fabio at dcs.shef.ac.uk
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