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3 PhD studentship in Saint-Étienne on project WDAqua

From: Antoine Zimmermann <antoine.zimmermann@emse.fr>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:07:59 +0100
Message-ID: <54DE134F.9050506@emse.fr>
To: semantic-web@w3.org, public-lod@w3.org
CC: Pierre Maret <pierre.maret@univ-st-etienne.fr>
Apologise for cross-posting.

Université Jean Monnet (member of Université de Lyon) in Saint-Étienne, 
France is offering 3 full-time PhD students in the field of Semantic 
Web, Linked Data, and Web Science.

These positions are offered in the frame work of the EU-funded Marie 
Skłodowska-Curie International Training Network WDAqua (Answering 
Questions using Web Data). See more job offerings at 

The topics of the PhDs will cover the domains of provenance, trust, link 
discovery, data dynamicity and evolution, temporal information, named 
entity recognition, disambiguation, and reasoning.

== Essential facts ==
The 3 PhD students will spend 3 years working in the WDAqua ITN (a total 
of 15 PhD students registered in the Universities of Bonn, Athens, 
Saint-Étienne, and Southampton). They will participate in an outstanding 
web science and data science training programme, and will have the 
chance to visit other partners. The total salary allowance for the 
university is €3,452.1/month per students (including employer taxes), 
which corresponds to approximately a €2,400/months gross salary.
In addition, a mobility allowance of 600 €/month and, if applicable, a 
family allowance of 500 €/month will be provided. Two of the positions 
have a dual degree with the University of Bonn in Germany.

== Timeline ==
27 February 2015: application deadline
March 2015: first job offers made to successful applicants
July 2015 – June 2018: duration of doctoral studies in WDAqua

== Background ==
Smart infrastructures and citizens'participation in the digital society 
are increasingly data-driven. Sharing, connecting, managing, analysing 
and understanding data on the Web will enable better services for 
citizens, communities and industry. However, turning web data into 
intelligent and successful services for the public and private sector 
requires skilled web and data scientists, and it requires further 
research. WDAqua aims at advancing the state of the art by intertwining 
  training, research and innovation efforts, centered on data-driven 
question answering. Question answering is immediately useful to a wide 
audience of end users, and we will demonstrate this in settings 
including e-commerce, public sector information, publishing and smart 
cities. Steps to answering a question are (1) understanding a spoken 
question, (2) analysing the question's text, (3) finding data to answer 
the question, and (4) presenting the answer(s). Every individual 
research project in WDAqua connects at least two of these steps.

== Eligibility and application procedure ==
Candidates must not have resided for more than 12 months in France in 
the 3 years before starting. They must hold an MSc degree in computer 
science or a related field and be able to combine both theoretical and 
practical aspects in their work. Fluent English communication and a 
passion for developing modern software solutions are fundamental 
requirements. Command of French or German is a plus but not required.

The candidates should have experience and commitment to work in team and 
on the forefront of research. You will need to submit a CV, university 
transcripts, a motivation letter including a short research plan 
targeting some topics of the above list, two letters of recommendation, 
and English writing samples (e.g., prior publication or master thesis 

Université Jean Monnet is an equal opportunities employer. Preference 
will be given to suitably qualified women or persons with disabilities, 
all other considerations being equal.

== Contact ==
Pierre Maret (pierre.maret@univ-st-etienne.fr)
Antoine Zimmerman (antoine.zimmermann@emse.fr)

Laboratoire Hubert Curien, UMR CNRS 5516,
Bâtiment F
18 Rue du Professeur Benoît Lauras
42000 Saint-Étienne
Antoine Zimmermann
ISCOD - Institut Henri Fayol
École des Mines de Saint-Étienne
158 cours Fauriel
CS 62362
42023 Saint-Étienne Cedex 2
Tél:+33(0)4 77 42 66 03
Fax:+33(0)4 77 42 66 66
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