[Elsnet-list] A post-doctoral fellow interested in working in the ESSENCE project

Fausto Giunchiglia fausto at disi.unitn.it
Mon Nov 4 11:29:29 CET 2013

Apologies for multiple postings

We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow interested in
working in the ESSENCE project – FELLOW 6

The research will be conducted under the supervision
of Fausto Giunchiglia (http://disi.unitn.it/~fausto/) in the
KnowDive Group (http://disi.unitn.it/~knowdive/), a
large, multicultural and multi-disciplinary group which is
part of the Department of Computer Science and
Information Engineering (http://disi.unitn.it/), University
of Trento (http://www.unitn.it/).
Key words: Entity-centric knowledge representation,
semantic repositories, user interface and experience
design, crowdsourcing.

Essential skills and knowledge relevant to the project are:
• Deep understanding of structure and functionality of
entity-centric semantic knowledge bases and
• Deep understanding of visualization and user
interface and experience design for large entitycentric
semantic knowledge bases.
• Understanding of API design and development.
• Understanding of user interface design and
development, fluency with J2EE platform, ORM, IoC,
Web Development frameworks (e.g. Spring,
Hibernate, JSP, jQuery, Bootstrap).
Desirable skills and knowledge relevant to the project are:
• Software change management (VCS, staging,
deployment, dependency management, etc.)
• API analytics.
• API performance evaluation and optimization.
• Technical writing (API documentation).
• Developer community management.
• Open source and open data management
(ecosystem, licensing, community development).

The ideal candidate holds a PhD with top performance
in a field related to the areas mentioned above. The
candidate 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. The candidate 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 PhDs.

The main activities and project responsibilities of
the successful candidate will concern the development
of the ESSENCE Challenge by:
• Developing a real-world network-wide application
challenge for ESSENCE technologies that can be
used as a common benchmark and unifying
scenario, promote collaboration, and can be used for
outreach and commercialisation activities.
• Identifying appropriate requirements for this scenario
and design a scenario definition methodology
appropriate to computational systems with shared
• To hold an ESSENCE Challenge competition and
provide data for this benchmark in a form that will
benefit other researchers across various

The candidate and the supervisees will also develop
scenarios requirements elicitation, analysis, and
validation through engagement with (especially)
industrial partners.

Financial Provisions:
Monthly living allowance: gross amount Euro
52.634,20 per year (cost for the administration – social
charges and taxes included Euro 62.361,00 per year).
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 remuneration.

Coverage of the expenses related to the participation
of the ER in research and training activities
(contribution to research-related costs, meetings,
conference attendance, training actions, etc.)
Duration of contract: 24 months, starting on February
01, 2014.

Eligibility constraint to apply to the call, the following
requirements are mandatory:
• A PhD title in Computer Sciences, in the fields of
Entity-centric knowledge representation, semantic
repositories, user interface and experience design,
or crowdsourcing, awarded by an Italian or foreign
university, or an equivalent qualification obtained
• Non-EU citizens (or citizens residing in countries
with special treaties with EU) are required to hold
certificate of Self-Employed Work Residence Permit
valid for the entire duration of the fellowship. If the
residence permit is not presented at time of contract
stipulation, all rights to the fellowship in question be
• A professional-scientific CV relevant to the research
• Knowledge (written and oral) of the English language
(professional level);
• The researcher 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 in the 3 years immediately prior to
his/her recruitment.
Mobility constraint:
• A period of 4 months at the Scottish Government
Resilience Division (RESIL) – United Kingdom.
• A period of 3 months at the Ingegneria Informatica SpA
(ENG) – Italy.

How to apply. Please fill in the pre-application at:

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. 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 disi.unitn.it
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