Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology
Umeå University is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher
education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are
characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a
multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå
University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9
genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded
the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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At our department characterized by world-leading research in several
scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international
comparison we now look for two post doctors in AI for Data Management.
Deadline for application is 30 June 2022.
The department has been growing rapidly in recent years where focus on an
inclusive and bottom-up driven environment are key elements in our sustainable
growth. Our workplace consists of a diverse group from different
nationalities, background and fields. If you work as a postdoc with us you
receive the benefits of support in career development, networking,
administrative and technical support functions along with good employment
conditions. See more information at:
https: // www. umu.se/en/department-of-computing-science/
Project description and working tasks
The research will be carried out within the research group in “Artificial
Intelligence for Data Management”, led by Prof. Diego Calvanese. The research
group currently consists of two post-doctoral researchers and three PhD
students, and it will be joined starting from summer this year by two
associate professors and several PhD students. The group will closely
collaborate with the research team of Prof. Calvanese at the Free University
of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, which is well-known as one of the leading groups
worldwide for its foundational and applied research at the interplay between
Semantic Technologies, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Databases.
The research project investigates foundational aspects and develops advanced
software tools for the flexible and efficient management of large amounts of
richly structured data, by relying on the paradigm of Virtual Knowledge Graphs
(VKGs, also known as Ontology-based Data Access). The project will build on
the open source system Ontop (https:// ontop-vkg.org/) and will be carried out
in close collaboration with the research team of Prof. Calvanese at the Free
Univ. of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. It aims at extending the foundations,
implementation, and application areas of VKGs along several directions:
(i) dealing with additional forms of data/knowledge (e.g., temporal,
geospatial, aggregated, numeric);
(ii) managing heterogeneous data sources of different types (e.g.,
graph-data, json, xml, csv, streaming, textual);
(iii) tackling novel kinds of problems (e.g., provenance and
explanation, personalization, data analysis and machine learning over
VKGs, optimization and performance tuning); and
(iv) applying VKGs to novel domains (e.g., industry 4.0, smart
The activities in the project range from foundations to the actual design,
implementation, and optimization of advanced algorithms. Depending on
qualifications and interests, the postdoc can carry out more foundational and
theoretical research or more application-oriented research, or a combination
The postdoc is expected to actively collaborate with and support PhD students
in the area of AI for Data Management.
The positions are funded by Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software
Program (WASP) which is Sweden's largest individual research program ever, a
major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research,
education and faculty recruitment. The program addresses research on
artificial intelligence and autonomous systems acting in collaboration with
humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and
knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. The vision of WASP is
excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous
systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry. Read more:
https: // wasp-sweden.org/
Terms of employment
The appointment is for two years full-time employment. Postdocs are typically
offered the opportunity to gain teaching experience on suitable undergraduate
courses. Expected starting date is October 2022 or as otherwise agreed.
To be appointed under the postdoctoral agreement, the postdoctoral fellow is
required to have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed
equivalent to a doctoral degree. This qualification requirements must be
fulfilled no later than at the time of the appointment decision.
To be appointed under the postdoctoral agreement, priority should be given to
candidates who completed their doctoral degree, according to what is
stipulated in the paragraph above, no later than three years prior. If there
are special reasons, candidates who completed their doctoral degree prior to
that may also be eligible. Special reasons include absence due to illness,
parental leave, appointments of trust in trade union organisations, military
service, or similar circumstances, as well as clinical practice or other forms
of appointment/assignment relevant to the subject area. Postdoctoral fellows
who are to teach or supervise must have taken relevant courses in teaching and
learning in higher education.
The following are required qualifications:
Documented knowledge and proven research experiences in one or more of
semantic technologies (e.g., RDF, SPARQL, OWL), their foundations in
knowledge representation and reasoning (e.g., description logics, logics
for knowledge representation), and data management.
A very good command of the English language
The following are additional desirable qualifications:
Good research achievements and scientific publications in the project
Capability to advance the state of the art and produce high quality
scientific articles that warrant publication in the top-rated
international conferences and journals in the project areas.
International research experience.
Development experience in Java, preferably in large-scale projects.
Desirable personal skills:
Strong motivation and interest in developing new competences and acting in
an international environment.
Good communication skills as well as ambition and good ability to co-
operate in a team.
Independency, creativity, and passion for research.
The application should include:
An introductory letter summarizing qualifications, research interests, and
motivation for applying (max 2 pages);
CV with list of publications;
Copies of PhD thesis and of (max 10) relevant scientific publications;
Verified copies of degree certificates, including documentation of
completed academic courses and obtained grades;
Name and contact information for two or three persons willing to act as
Any other relevant information, e.g., software development or previous
The application must be written in English (preferred) or Swedish. The
application is made through our electronic recruitment system. Documents sent
electronically must be in Word or PDF format. Log in to the system and apply
via the button at the end of this page. The closing date is 30 June 2022.
Further details are provided by Prof. Diego Calvanese, email@example.com.
We look forward to your application!
Umeå University strives to offer an equal environment where open dialogue
between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation
for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different
backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.
We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 221001
Salary Monthly pay
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
County Västerbottens län
Reference number AN 2.2.1-737-22
Last application date 30.Jun.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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