PhD positions in Domain-Specific Search (# of pos: 15)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 15 May 2020

DoSSIER is an EU Horizon 2020 ITN/ETN on Domain Specific Systems for Information Extraction and Retrieval. DoSSIER will elucidate, model, and address the different information needs of professional users. It mobilizes an excellent and highly synergistic team of world-leading Information Retrieval (IR) experts from 5 EU States who, together with 3 academic partners (universities in the US, Japan, and Australia), and 11 industrial partners (dynamic SMEs and large corporations) will produce fundamental insights into how users comprehend, formulate, and access information in professional environments.

DoSSIER research is structured in three areas: (i) Models: fundamental models of users and domain specificity, (ii) Methods: contextual and personalized search, and (iii) Applications: workflow, task and the interface. Each area individually and in cross-field fertilisation, will produce breakthroughs in our understanding of computer-supported human information search workflows. The result will be a new generation of information access systems, which will accelerate innovation cycles in EU academia and industry. To be both concrete and generic, DoSSIER consists of 8 projects identifying a target domain and 7 projects acting horizontally across domains. Three domains are used: science & technology innovation, law, and health. Questions currently unanswerable (e.g. What is the key innovation difference between these two patents?) will be answerable either directly by a system, or by the development of cognition-enhancing instruments for interacting with information.

Each recruited PhD student will work on one project. Descriptions of the 15 PhD projects can be found here: http://ifs.tuwien.ac.at/dossier/

Accepted applicants will have the possibility to obtain a supplementary Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development from the University of Strathclyde:
https://www.strath.ac.uk/theresearcherdevelopmentprogramme/pgrcredits/

Applications must include the following:
•    Cover letter including (i) a clearly visible list of maximum 3 projects that you would like to work on ranked by decreasing order of preference (include the project numbers and titles) and (ii) a description of why you are qualified to work on your preferred project(s), based on past experience in studies and work, and how would you approach the project(s) (maximum 1 page for 1-2 preferred projects and 1.5 pages for 3 preferred projects).
•    Full CV
•    Copies of certificates
•    Language qualifications (necessary if applying for projects at institutions which have formal requirements for demonstrating language knowledge)

Project positions remain available until filled. We will process the application e-mails at the following cut-off dates:
•    1 November 2019
•    15 December 2019
•    15 February 2020
•    15 March 2020
•    15 May 2020


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