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ANN: Open Research Assistant Position @DERI Galway, Ireland

From: Aidan Hogan <aidan.hogan@deri.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:38:22 +0100
Message-ID: <4F97F03E.8060302@deri.org>
To: semantic-web@w3.org
[Apologies for cross-posting]

Below, please find details for an open Research Assistant position 
available at DERI Galway, Ireland. Please also forward as appropriate to 
candidates who may be interested.


Research Assistant
Contract duration: 12 months, starting in June 2012
Salary scale: 24,000-30,000 euro per year depending on expertise and skills

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) is among the largest 
research organizations working in Semantic Web technologies. DERI's 
mission is to establish semantics as a core pillar of modern computer 

DERI offers a stimulating, dynamic, multi-cultural research environment 
with excellent ties to research groups worldwide. This is a unique 
opportunity to join the efforts within DERI in collaboration with our 
industrial partners. Given the high relevance of this position for a 
successful adoption of highly competitive research results into concrete 
industry products, the applicant will take the lead in the 
implementation and/or integration of client/server components, web 
services, semantic web applications and alike, as a proof of concept for 
enterprise data management. This development activity may partially 
include a general understanding of DERI's core research on advanced and 
efficient techniques for ontology mapping and alignment, query 
processing, data integration, rule-based inference, etc.

The Candidates

- 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
- Strong design, development & testing skills
- Ability to produce relevant documentation including writing Functional 
Specifications, Detailed Design documents, Test Specifications and Unit 
Test documents.
- Skills in diagnostics development, bug-fix and problem resolution 
reporting and documentation.
- Leading interactions with peer R&D teams and technical primes across 
industry partners
- Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
- Creative Thinking

The Topics

Topic will be centered around reasoning over semantic data in an 
enterprise scenario. This will include semantic data integration via 
efficient query evaluation and rule-based reasoning techniques applied 
to existing enterprise solutions. The solutions proposed will consider 
(static and dynamic) semantic data available within the enterprise and 
on the Semantic Web, and must take into account scalability, 
performance, security and interoperability.

Essential Skills

- Third level degree in computer science or related discipline
- Good knowledge of object-oriented design principles
- Strong background in Java programming
- Familiarity with Unix/Linux systems
- Familiarity with C++ programming

Bonus Skills

- Experience with Semantic Web technologies, esp. RDF/RDFS/OWL/(X)SPARQL
- Familiarity with XML and/or SQL
- Experience working with Linked Data
- Familiarity with Web Services and client/server architectures
- At least 2 years development experience

The duration of the contract will be 12 months, with the possibility of 
extension and/or re-focus towards a research career (e.g. PhD).

Application procedure

Informal enquiries about these positions may be made to:


When applying, please use the same email addresses and put "RA position 
- DERI" in the subject line of emails.

Candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and CV (both in PDF 

Closing date for receipt of applications is *May 15, 2012*. We expect 
the successful candidate to start at the earliest possible date, ideally 
in June 2012.
Received on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:38:50 UTC

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