Post-doc Open Position in Web Data Collection and Knowledge Representation with Semantic Web Technologies

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The  Institute for Communication Technologies,  Faculty of Communication 
Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, University of 
Lugano) has issued a call for a post-doc position in Web data collection 
from heterogeneous structured and semi-structured sources, where both 
data access norms and knowledge are represented by means of Semantic Web 
Languages. The post-doc will  work under the scientific supervision of 
Dr. Nicoletta Fornara ( 

The position is funded by the project "Automatic Web data collection 
from non-reactive sources by means of normative systems and Semantic 
Web Technologies"  that  combines three fields of research: non-reactive 
web-based data collection;  automatic extraction and representation 
of knowledge from structured, semistructured, and unstructured data 
available on the Web; norm aware software agents. The position will
complement  Nicoletta Fornara’s research which deals with the 
development of open interaction systems regulated by norms formalized 
using Semantic Web Languages, in particular OWL-RDF. The project has 
two main goals: develop models to formally express guidelines and 
norms for Web data collection and develop new techniques for automatic 
data extraction from the Web which rely on Semantic Web Technologies 
and are constrained by guidelines and norms.

We are looking for an outstanding post-doc researcher. The applicant 
must have obtained a Ph.D. in Information Science or related areas, 
or must have defended the Ph.D. thesis before 31st December 2012. 
A strong interest in scientific computing is essential, as are good 
communication skills. Relevant research experience may include: the 
use of Semantic Web Technologies (e.g. OWL, RDF, SPARQL, OWL-API, JENA),
experience in writing software for crawling and wrapping structured 
and semi-structured data from the Web, and experience in the 
development of software agents.

The position is funded for two years by the Swiss State Secretariat 
for Education and Research (SER). The appointee will be an active 
member of the Institute for Communication Technologies, and will have 
the possibility to interact with a wide international network of 
collaborators. The research activities will be carried out at 
Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) located in Lugano, Switzerland.

We guarantee that the selection process will give equal opportunities 
to female and male researchers.
-= How to apply =-
Please send your application, including detailed CV and list of 
publications, a list of at most three references and their email 
addresses, copies of diplomas, and a letter of  presentation and 
motivation  via email to Dr. Nicoletta Fornara ( 
with subject “Post-doc SER-WEBDATANET”.

-= Deadline =-
The call is open until the position is filled. Applicants should 
submit as soon as possible as the project will start on 1st January 2013.

-= Contact Person =-
Dr. Nicoletta Fornara
Faculty of Communication Sciences
Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI, University of Lugano)
via G. Buffi 13 - 6900  Lugano, Switzerland



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