Postdoc position in Semantic Entity Search

About half a year ago I advertised a PhD position in Semantic Entity Search. There were no eligible candidates, so it has been converted to a 2-year Postdoc position.

There is good flexibility topic-wise—as long as it’s about entities and semantics :)
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for further information.

Details and application instructions can be found here.

You will notice that there is a number of projects advertised. It’s a department-funded position, so “may the best applicant win” is the name of the game. Meaning, the strongest candidate will be offered the position, irrespective of the project chosen.

Starting date: from Sept 1, 2014.
Application deadline: June 22, 2014.

PhD position in Semantic Entity Search

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a three-year doctorate scholarship in Information Technology, at the Faculty of Science and Technology, in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, beginning September 1, 2014.

Project: Semantic Entity Search
Semantic search refers to the idea that the search engine understands the concepts, meaning and intent behind the query that the user enters into the search box, and provides rich and focused responses (as opposed to merely a list of documents). Entities, such as people, organizations or products, play a central role in this context; they reflect the way humans think and organize information. We can observe that major search engines (like Google or Apple’s SIRI) are becoming “smarter” day by day in recognizing specific types of objects (for example, locations, events or celebrities); yet, true semantic search has still a long way to go.
This project aims to develop a theoretically sound and computationally efficient framework for entity-oriented information access: the search and discovery of entities and relationships between entities. A key element to a successful approach is the combination of massive volumes of structured and unstructured information from the Document Web and the Data Web, respectively. Successful candidates will be expected to conduct research, design, develop, and deploy state-of-art, scalable information retrieval, information extraction and machine learning techniques for innovative entity-oriented search applications. The project will include both theoretical and empirical explorations, where lab-based results will be evaluated in ‘live’ environments with real users.

Qualifications: M.Sc. in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Mathematics or related fields by the appointment date. Good written and spoken command of English. Research experience or a track record of project based work, demonstrable interest in the domain, solid programming skills (particularly Java), and experience in manipulating and analyzing large data sets (esp. using Hadoop) are a clear plus.

The research fellow is salaried according to the State Salary Code, l.pl 17.515, code 1017, LR 20, ltr 50, of NOK 421 100,- per annum.

Details and application instructions can be found here.
Application deadline: January 11, 2014.

Research positions in Trondheim, Norway

PhD positions at NTNU
As part of the Microsoft-led centre on Information Access Disruptions (iAD), NTNU is offering up to 4 PhD positions.
The NTNU-led subproject of iAD focuses on activities to create schema agnostic indexing services. There is strong convergence in approach and principles for information access across databases, XML repositories, text search and multimedia access. Still, different design targets are predicted to enable completely different technologies and use patterns for information access.
The research problems of the PhD positions should be within these target areas:

  1. Cloud as a platform for next generation information access (Supervisor: Prof. Svein Erik Bratsberg)
  2. Content based multimedia retrieval (Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Magnus Lie Hetland)
  3. Temporal and spatial information retrieval (Supervisor: Prof. Kjetil Nørvåg)

PhD grants at NTNU are normally 3 years, but may be extended by one additional year.
The PhD fellowships are placed in Norwegian salary code 1017, gross NOK 391.100 per year (equivalent to approx. EUR 51.000 and USD 65.000).
Application deadline: Feb 3, 2012.

Mobility fellowships for PhD students and young researchers
The Yggdrasil mobility programme offers grants to international PhD students and younger researchers (who received their PhD degree after 1 August 2006) for longer (between 3-12 months) research stays in Norway.
The fellowships (13500 NOK per month) essentially cover the cost of accommodation in Norway and the extra cost for food. (Note: Norway is *not* one of the cheapest places to live, so you’re assumed to have some additional income for covering “other aspects of life”.)
Application deadline: Feb 15, 2012.