[DL] Postdoctoral position - Semantic eInfrastructure for Social Sciences (Deadline: Aug 24, 2007)

Pan, Dr Jeff Z. jeff.z.pan at abdn.ac.uk
Wed Aug 22 11:15:18 CEST 2007

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Semantic eInfrastructure for Social

Computing Science University of Aberdeen

The PolicyGrid project within the Department of Computing Science
invites applications for the above post, to work on a new
eInfrastructure activity funded by the ESRC eSocial Science

PolicyGrid (www.policygrid.org) is one of the Economic & Social
Research Council (ESRC) National Centre for eSocial Science
research nodes. The ESRC has recently committed to the
construction of an e-Infrastructure on the UK National Grid
Service (NGS) to provide integrated access to a variety of
resources for social science research, including datasets, tools,
services and easy-to-use user environments.

The post holder will focus on the development of Grid services and
software tools in the context of the metadata infrastructure and
simulation workpackages of the ESRC eInfrastructure effort. These
include (but are not restricted to) the following: making an
existing natural language interface for creation of RDF metadata
robust, pluggable and usable; developing a Grid based
metadata/ontology infrastructure; simulation portal development;
Grid-enabling social simulation models. The work will entail
extensive collaboration with other sites involved in the
eInfrastructure project, and regular access grid, telephone and
face-to-face conferences. There will be a requirement to produce
documentation throughout the project, to include: regular progress
updates, workpackage reviews, software tool documentation.

You should have a PhD in Computer Science or a related discipline.
You are expected to be a highly competent programmer in Java, and
have experience of Semantic Web technologies (including OWL and
RDF), Web/Grid services, e-science, and related areas. Knowledge
of workflow approaches in e-science would be desirable. The work
will involve development of robust software, within a managed
project environment; it is therefore important that you have
knowledge and experience of software engineering principles and

The post is being offered for 21 months and is available

Salary range: £27,857 - £33,262 per annum

Closing Date: 24-Aug-2007

For further information and to apply online:



Dr. Jeff Z. Pan (http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~jpan/)
Department of Computing Science, The University of Aberdeen
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