[Elsnet-list] Five Early-Stage Researcher (pre-doctoral) and two Experienced Researcher (post-doctoral) positions

Fausto Giunchiglia fausto at disi.unitn.it
Fri Nov 22 11:29:13 CET 2013

The ESSENCE (Evolution of Shared SEmaNtics in Computational Environments,
www.essence-network.eu) Marie Curie Initial Training Network is offering
five Early-Stage Researcher (pre-doctoral) and two Experienced Researcher
(post-doctoral) positions, to start in February 2014. The application
deadline for these posts is 15th December 2013.

This is a rare opportunity to be involved in a highly prestigious European
training network for outstanding applicants in an emergent and important
research area, led by internationally leading groups in their fields!

ESSENCE conducts research and provides research training in various
aspects of translating human capabilities for negotiating meaning to open
computational environments such as the web, multi-robot systems, and
sensor networks. The network will support 15 pre- and post-doctoral
fellows who will work toward a set of different research projects within
this overall theme, ranging from symbol grounding and ontological
reasoning to game-theoretic models of communication and crowdsourcing.

ESSENCE involves a top-quality consortium of internationally leading research
institutions which will act as hosts for the following projects in the
recruitment round:

Early-Stage Researchers (36 months):
- Communication Planning (CISA, Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Concept Convergence: Argumentation and Agreement over Meaning
(IIIA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain)
- The Social Construction of Conceptual Space (ILLC, Universiteit van
Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- Sociolinguistics and Network Games (ILLC, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The
- Open-ended Robot Interaction (AI Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

Early-Stage Researchers must, at the time of recruitment by the host
organisation be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research
experience) of their research careers, and not yet have a doctoral degree.

Experienced Researchers (24 months):
- The ESSENCE Platform: Architecture (CISA, Informatics, The University of
Edinburgh, UK)
- The ESSENCE Challenge (Information Engineering and Computer Science,
Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy)

Experienced Researchers must (at the time of recruitment by the host
organisation) be in possession of a doctoral degree, or have at least four
years of full-time equivalent research experience, and have less than five
years of full-time equivalent research experience (including time spent on
doctoral research).

For both categories, research experience is measured from the date when
they obtained the degree which formally entitled them to embark on a

All positions are very competitively remunerated (significantly above the
respective average national salaries/studentships for pre- and
post-doctoral positions)  and aimed at outstanding candidates. Please
consult the individual descriptions of projects at
http://www.essence-network.eu/hiring for detailled salary information.

Researchers can be of any nationality, though at the time of recruitment
by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out
their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host
organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to
the reference date. (Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory
national service are not taken into account.)

All applicants are asked to pre-apply at
http://www.essence-network.eu/hiring. Please contact Dr Michael Rovatsos
(mrovatso at inf.ed.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

Fausto Giunchiglia

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