Postdoc in Semantic Web and Ontology Engineering for Social and Environmental Sustainability
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BC3 offers a full-time postdoctoral scientist position in order to support the research activities of Research Lineon Integrated Modelling of Coupled Human-Natural Systems, supported by the IKUR programme of the Basque Government on Supercomputing and Artificial Intelligence (HPC/AI).
The RL generates multidisciplinary scientific knowledge from human-nature interdependence to address complex sustainability problems through artificial intelligence (AI). The goal of the RL is to provide environmental data, models and understanding by retrieving, evaluating and integrating the existing information in order to support an effective policy-making where nature counts. Besides Ecosystem Services, the RL also tackles Natural Capital Accounting, Food Security, Marine Spatial Planning, and Renewable Energy.
We are looking for an individual who can support strategic activities related to integrated data science and collaborative, integrated modelling on the semantic web (semantic meta-modelling).
Contribute to the ARIES platform, a semantic web infrastructure that uses AI to build computational solutions to environmental, policy and sustainability problems. This technology, based on machine reasoning, machine learning, distributed/high-performance computing and multi-disciplinary and multi-paradigm system modelling, is the flagship product of the Integrated Modelling Partnership (IMP) which is expected to serve a growing number of worldwide users (from academia, governments, NGOs and industry) in the years to come. ARIES’ current semantic resources have addressed the challenge of using ontologies capable of supporting machine reasoning to address interdisciplinary science problems, reusing existing semantic authorities whenever possible and creating novel semantic content when needed. This position will continue to grow ARIES’ semantic resources to address further novel modeling challenges.
The position is dedicated to the use of semantics for solving complex sustainability problems. We are looking for an individual who can coordinate and support the work to establish the most comprehensive knowledge base to implement a Semantic Web for Sustainability. The researcher will work with a team of programmers, modelers and ontologists on diverse scientific modeling and integration applications to (1) research existing authoritative semantic resources and integrate them with ARIES where possible, (2) create new semantic resources as needed, (3) co-develop tools to make semantic annotation easier and more intuitive for scientists with limited exposure to semantics, and (4) develop and build community within and beyond the ARIES team around the application of semantics to environmental modeling.
A PhD in Computer Science, ICT, Computational Linguistics, or fields related to the Semantic Web.
Strong analytical skills and an ability to learn quickly and to think outside the box. Our work is very innovative and you should expect your job to be as intellectually challenging as rewarding. A strong motivation and a desire to learn and explore new technologies are a must.
Experience with Linked Open Data and query technologies on knowledge graphs (e.g. SPARQL, RDF/OWL), ontology authoring,
Working knowledge of description logics and first-order logic approaches.
Exposure to formal ontologies, Semantic Web technologies, mainstream upper ontologies, conceptual modelling and knowledge integration for scientific applications.
Programming ability in any language, particularly Java, is an asset.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Excellent written and oral command of English.
Ability to work independently, with a diverse, multi-location and multi-lingual team.
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