[DL] JOBS: Research positions: Semantic Web Technologies (UK)

Enrico Motta e.motta at open.ac.uk
Wed Nov 16 19:27:37 CET 2005

JOBS: Three Research Positions in Semantic Web Technologies

The Open University, UK

Knowledge Media Institute

Three Research Fellows/Assistants: Semantic Web Technologies


The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 December 2005.

The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) has three openings for Research Fellows/Assistants to undertake the design and development of semantic web technologies within the EU-funded NeOn, KnowledgeWeb and OpenKnowledge projects - see http://www.neon-project.org and http://kmi.open.ac.uk/projects/kweb/.  
The jobs will involve: i) designing and implementing methods to facilitate the development of applications which rely on networks of ontologies - i.e., ontologies connected through localised mapping mechanisms, rather than through standard import techniques; ii) designing and implementing methods which can effectively integrate information derived from heterogeneous sources on the web, by reasoning about the context of use of the information, its provenance and the trust level, which can be assigned to it; iii) developing the next generation of semantic web browsers, building on existing technology such as Magpie, see http://kmi.open.ac.uk/projects/magpie/main.html, to support new forms of web navigation and new ways to associate semantic markup to web content; iv) making use of semantic technologies to develop concrete solutions to support intelligent presentation and personalization of web resources.

Experience in semantic technologies is essential for these vacancies. Experience in language and web technologies will also be advantageous.

These appointments (max four years) will be made on the Research Staff scale, within the salary range £20,842 - £30,607  per annum depending on qualifications and experience. Appointment as a Research Fellow requires a PhD or three years equivalent in quality of achievement. 

The Knowledge Media Institute is a highly successful, 60-strong interdisciplinary laboratory founded at The Open University in 1995, and located in attractive new offices at The Open University's main campus in Milton Keynes, UK. KMi undertakes high-profile advanced research and development in Knowledge Media: a convergence of knowledge, communication and computing technologies. We offer a stimulating environment, widely acknowledged to be at the leading edge of European research and development, particularly in semantic technologies, knowledge modelling and management, new media systems, and human-computer interaction. The style, impact and content of our work are described in detail in our Web pages at http://kmi.open.ac.uk/.

For further details of the vacancy, information on how to apply, and access details for disabled applicants please see the "Further Particulars" document for this job; the document is available at http://kmi.open.ac.uk/jobs/

Informal enquiries can be made to the Director of KMi, Professor Enrico Motta (e.motta at open.ac.uk).


We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Disabled applicants who meet the essential job requirements will be interviewed. Further particulars are available in large print, disk or audiotape. (Minicom +44 (0) 1908 654901 for hard of hearing).
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