#jobfairy #homeofsioc Postdoctoral Researcher in the Unit for Social Semantics, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG-PD1-USS)

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Breslin, John

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Postdoctoral Researcher in the Unit for Social Semantics, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG-PD1-USS)

Job description

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics (Insight) at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Researcher Level 1 with experience in the Semantic Web, social media, privacy, trust and security, and related computational skills.

Contract type

This contract is a full-time, fixed-term position for two years. It will be appointed at Postdoctoral Researcher Level 1 on the IUA salary scale (IUA Researcher Salary Scales 01/07/2013), with a salary range of €37,750 to €41,181.

This position provides a unique opportunity to work in research area that intersects social media and privacy applications with Semantic Web/Linked Data research, while getting feedback from expert colleagues and practitioners in one of the most world’s most prominent and dynamic Semantic Web/Linked Data research environments.

The successful candidate will:

  • Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship in the area of the Semantic Web, social media, privacy, trust and security, under the supervision and direction of the Co-Principal Investigator at Insight

  • Support the Co-Principal Investigator and the Unit for Social Semantics (USS) research group in the design and development of the research programme

  • Support the development of proposals for research funding

  • Disseminate research results and activities through papers, tutorials and seminars where appropriate

  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of USS, Insight, and NUI Galway

  • Co-supervise, mentor and support PhD and Masters students in USS

  • Engage in project management, administrative duties associated with the research programme

  • Engage in or assist with teaching activities when appropriate

Essential skills

  • PhD in Computer Science

  • Knowledge of semantic technologies, social media, privacy, trust and security

  • Strong programming skills in Java and at least one other programming language (C, C++, Python, Scala, etc.)

  • Ability to work in a team-based environment developing state-of-the-art software solutions on time and to specification

  • Motivated and proactive attitude, willing to take ownership and initiative in all work assignments

  • Excellent analysis and problem solving skills

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written (English)

  • Creative thinking

  • Technical experience and skills to transfer ideas into reality

  • Excellent interpersonal communicator and good team player

  • Ability to identify and fulfil the academic writing requirements for target publications

Desirable skills

  • Knowledge of RDF, ontology design

  • Knowledge of distributed architecture and big data solutions (MapReduce, Apache Spark, etc.)

  • General understanding of machine learning techniques and state-of-the-art tools

  • Experience of working in large EU research projects

  • Research project management experience

  • Experience of designing data visualisation tools, e.g. mashups

  • Experience engaging in research collaborations with industry

About NUI Galway, Insight and USS

The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) is a constituent University of the National University of Ireland. It was founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Galway and, from 1904 to 1997, was known as University College Galway before changing to its current title following the 1997 Universities Act. The university currently has approximately 17,500 students across five Colleges (Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies; Science; Engineering and Informatics; Business, Public Policy and Law; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences) with highly active agendas in teaching and research. Approximately 15% of the students are pursuing postgraduate studies and over 2,300 international students come from 92 countries.

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics (Insight) is a joint initiative between researchers at NUI Galway, University College Dublin, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions. It brings together a critical mass of more than 200 researchers from Ireland's leading ICT centres to develop a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application areas. The €75m centre is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and a wide range of industry partners. Insight's research focus encompasses a broad range of data analytics technologies and challenges, from machine learning and data mining, media analytics and optimisation and decision analytics to personalisation and recommender systems, the Semantic Web and Linked Data, and the sensor web. Together with more than 30 partner companies, Insight researchers are solving critical challenges in the areas of Connected Health and the Discovery Economy.

Insight at NUI Galway (formerly DERI) is among the largest research organisations working in Semantic Web technologies and Big Data analytics. Insight at NUI Galway offers a stimulating, dynamic, multicultural research environment with excellent ties to research groups worldwide. This is a unique opportunity to join the efforts within the bigger Insight Consortium in collaboration with our industrial partners and research organisations.

The Unit for Social Semantics (USS) in Insight at NUI Galway was established in 2005 as the Social Software Subcluster at DERI, and is therefore one of Insight at NUI Galway’s longest established research groups. The Unit has published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, including two books (“The Social Semantic Web” and “Social Semantic Web Mining”), has had nine PhD, five Masters and six postdoc alumni, and has hosted 15-20 visiting researchers. One of its most significant outputs is the SIOC project, deployed on thousands of websites and in hundreds of applications.

Application process

Applications should be sent by email to john.b...@insight-centre.org and include the following documentation (in PDF format):

  • A motivation letter

  • A full CV, including a list of all publications and the contact details of at least three referees

  • A research statement

  • Any other supporting documentation

Applicants must put the reference identifier NUIG-PD1-USS in the subject line of the email application.

This position will be open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled as applications are received. The first deadline for this position is Friday 29th April 2016, with first interviews scheduled on Friday 13th May 2016.

For informal discussion about this post, please contact Dr John Breslin at john.b...@insight-centre.org.

Application end date

Friday 29th April 2016



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