Australia: PhD, PostDoc and Faculty Positions

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(This is the second round of call-for-applications for the same position advertised in DBWorld four weeks ago.While there is a statement on the job advertisement website that "only people with the right to
work in Australia may apply for this position", this position is open to
international applicants. The University of Queensland will assist the
successful applicant to apply for working permit or Australian permanent

The University of Queensland is a leading research-intensive university in Australia, located in
the beautiful city of Brisbane. Now we have an opening for a faculty position in
Computer Science at the level of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer within the School
of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. We seek an excellent
person in the area of data and knowledge engineering (including database
systems, information systems, data mining and information retrieval). This is a
full-time, continuing position, affiliated with the Data and Knowledge
Engineering (DKE) Research Group, currently consists of five faculty members,
five postdoctoral research fellows and over 25 research students.

Responsibilities will
include teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, research and/or
scholarship of teaching, and supervision of postgraduate students. The
remuneration package will be in the range of $79,840 to $94,809 per annum
(Lecturer) or $97,803 to $112,773 per annum (Senior Lecturer), which includes
employer superannuation contributions of 17%.

Further information about this
position and how to apply can be found at (deadline: 8 Sept 2008). Additional
information about the DKE group at UQ can be found from my website

Please fell free to contact me if
you are interested in this position. You can also discuss with me at this year’s
VLDB and WISE conferences in Auckland.

Professor Xiaofang Zhou
Head, Data and Knowledge Engineering Research
School of Information Technology and
Electrical Engineering
University of
Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
Phone: (61-7) 33652989 Fax: 33653248 Web:

The Periscope group ( at the University of Wisconsin at Madison has an opening for a post-doc position in computational methods for biological data management. The role of this post-doc is to design, develop, and deploy new computational methods for searching and mining biological graph and sequence databases, with an emphasis on scalable methods for very large biological datasets. The post-doc will be expected to publish, and interact with various groups in biology on campus. A strong command over written and spoken English is essential.Â

Here are additional details regarding this position:

* Initial period: 24 months.
* Earliest Start Date: Sept 1, 2008.
* The candidate must have a Ph.D. in a computational field (e.g. CS, Bioinformatics) and a background in databases.
* The candidate must have a proven track record of publication in Computer Science and/or related fields (such as Bioinformatics).
* Some exposure to biology would be a big plus, but a willingness to learn basic biology and take a few courses on campus is also acceptable.

To apply send an email to with:
– CV
– Short research statement (1 page max.)Â
– Top 3 publications
– At least three references
*** Ph.D. student positions at Database and Web Group, Politecnico di Milano, Italy ***

The Database and Web group (DBgroup) at Politecnico di Milano is seeking for new international Ph.D. students interested in working on the following topics:

Title: Stream Reasoning

Data streams are unbounded sequences of time-varying data elements; they occur in a variety of modern applications, such as network monitoring, RFID tags applications, telecom call records, Web logs, click-streams, etc. The combination of reasoning techniques with data streams gives rise to Stream Reasoning, an unexplored, yet high impact, research area. A PhD student majoring on stream reasoning will first focus on stream reasoning as a new computing paradigm, by defining on the concepts that are needed in order to combine reasoning with stream management and continuous queries; will then develop (parts of) a technological framework for experimenting stream computing upon real-life scenarios. The thesis offers a good balance between theoretical issues (such as: language design, optimization, formal properties, computational complexity) and practical problems (system implementation, experimentation). This research is part of the LarkC project (FP7, April
2008 – October 2011).

Advisor: Stefano Ceri,

Web site:

Title: Search Computing

Where can I attend an interesting database workshop close to a sunny beach? This information is available on the Web, but no general-purpose search system can accept the above queries nor compute the answer. The solution requires the integration of results extracted by querying domain-specific search services. A PhD student majoring on search computing will first focus on the search computing paradigm, by examining how multi-domain queries can be expressed, routed to servers, and then their results can be efficiently composed and sorted according to a "global" ranking. Will then develop (part of) a technological framework for experimenting search computing upon realistic settings, including applications in bio-informatics. This research is part of the NGS PRIN Project (January 2007 – December 2008) and will be the core of the Search Computing (SeCo) project, funded by European Research Council as an IDEAS ADVANCED GRANT in "Physical Sciences and
Engineering" (5 year reesearc!
h contract, starting date in December 2008).

Advisor: Stefano Ceri,

Web site:

Title: Audiovisual Search Services

The research work addresses the technologies, methods, and architectures necessary for realizing new generation search engines capable of extracting information from multimedia, heterogeneous and distributed data sources. Research topics include, but are not limited to: cross-media indexing of digital content, cross-media significance evaluation and ranking of search results, semantic Web, multi-modal and multi-channel user interfaces for query and result presentation, service-based scalable architectures for content registration and processing, social aspects of audiovisual search, semantic. Research will be highly interdisciplinary and span across such fields as: software architectures, digital signal processing, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, and knowledge management. Thesis work will be connected to the PHAROS European Project and developed within a European network of partners.

Advisor: Piero Fraternali,

Web site:

Title: Bioinformatics and data reasoning

Description: A high amount of biomedical information is today increasingly available and numerous biomolecular data are continuously generated in genomic and proteomic tests via advanced nano-biotechnologies. Great part of bioinformatics is related to the management and mining of such data and information in order to support better understanding of complex biological patho-physiological phenomena. A PhD student majoring on bioinformatics data reasoning will first focus on bioinformatics data integration and analysis by examining different data types and formats available in many biomolecular databanks, by exploring the bio-terminology and bio-ontologies adopted to describe in a controlled way the current biomolecular knowledge, and by investigating different data and information analysis algorithms to evaluate such available knowledge for specific gene and protein sets and infer new biomedical information; will then develop (parts of) a technological
framework for experiment!
ing bioinformatics data reasoning upon real biomedical scenarios. This research is part of the VirtualLab project.

Advisor: Marco Masseroli,

Web site:

Title: Model Driven Web Engineering

The aim of the research is the integration of mainstream MDD/MDA techniques (based on MOF and ATL) within the existing DSLs for Web application development. The work will consist in developing approaches for automatic model transformation (possibly based on HOT and other techniques, for granting generality of the results), application testing, and code generation for Web applications (with special attention to the WebML modeling language). Examples of models to be transformed include business process models (BPMN and others), LTL formal specifications, and existing DSLs for the Web Engineering domain.

Advisor: Marco Brambilla,

Web site:

For further information on the research topics you can contact the respective advisors. The complete list of research topics in Computer Science is posted at:

For information about the formal application submission you can refer to the Politecnico di Milano Web site. The two .pdf documents of the notices of competitions for the admission to the PhD in Information Technology, together with the procedure for the on line application, are available on the website:

Note that foreign citizens can apply for the selection procedure (2) based purely on the assessment of their curriculum vitae, letter of motivation and letters of presentation. This procedure does not require an entry exam. The detailed list of the scholarships for each DEI research areas and the specific economic conditions can be found on the page:,
section: Doctoral Program in Information Technology.

By working on funded projects (as the ones cited above) and/or collaborating to teaching activities, PhD students may increase their basic salary. A notification of interest on one or more of the above topics by applicants will be appreciated.

The deadline for the (online) application procedure is September 1st, 2008.
Position: Research Assistant in Usable Interface Development
for Semantic Web TechnologiesÂ

BRIEF OUTLINE: The post holder will work within the Intelligent
Web Tech Lab. The work will concern the definition of new and cutting edge
methodologies and technologies for accessing, visualising and manipulating
knowledge in large scale environments, within a web environment and on the user
desktip. The post is associated to the Integrated Project X-Media (, one of the largest
projects funded by the European Union as part of Framework 6, Knowledge and
Content Technologies.Â

X-Media concerns large scale knowledge management across media
and it is coordinated by the University of Sheffield, Professor Fabio Ciravegna.
The post holder will participate in the X-Media project, studying, designing,
implementing and evaluating interactive interfaces for accessing information in
very large heterogeneous and distributed repositories. Research is carried out
in both Sheffield University and at industrial partners’ premises where the
developed applications will be used daily in real world environments.

Applicants must have at least a good first degree (or equivalent)
in computer science and a sound understanding of user-centred interface

This post is available for one and a half years, with the
possibility of extension subject to funding.

REPORT TO: The X-Media Area 1 (Knowledge Sharing and
Reuse) coordinator Dr
Daniela Petrelli and the Area 4 (Applications and Testing)
coordinator Dr Aba-Sah Dadzie. The post is required to report to both
coordinators in individual and/or common meetings.

Main Activities & Responsibilities:
•Design and implement interactions and
interfaces for accessing knowledge and information in a very large collection of
multimedia documents (texts, images and data);
•Design and implement individual
software components;Â
•Supervise and manage the use of the
implemented prototype in real world conditions, i.e., aerospace and automotive industry;
•Contribute to project deliverables
and scientific papers;
•Contribute to preparing presentations
to disseminate research findings at national / international conferences.

•Plan and prioritise own daily
•Deal on a daily basis with reactive
requests emerging from communication with team members;
•Continuously monitor and check
results. The unpredictability of research means that daily planning needs to
accommodate new developments;
•Respect of deadlines is
PERSON SPECIFICATION (E: Essential, D: Desirable)

Applicants should demonstrate evidence of the following:

Qualifications and Experience
•A good first degree in Computer
Science/Web Technology (or equivalent)Â (E)Â
•Completion of an M.Sc. and/or working
toward a PhD in Computer Science/Web Technology (or equivalent) (E)Â Â
•Excellent knowledge of web-related
languages and standards (e.g. PHP, P2P, JSP, Servlets, AJAX, JavaScript, XML, XHTML, CSS, XSLT, RDF, SVG, Xforms, HTTP, WSDL, SOAP) (E)
•Experience with RDF query languages
(e.g. SPARQL, SERQL) (D)
•Experience in web design and user
interface development (E – a portfolio of examples would be appreciated).
•Good knowledge of web design tools
(e.g. Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop) (E).
•Excellent programming skills in Java
and JSP (E).
•Knowledge of database systems (e.g.
MySQL or similar) and (D)
•Sound understanding of Human-Computer
Interaction, including experience in user studies and/or user evaluations (a
•Good understanding of Semantic Web

Communication skills
•Excellent interpersonal communication
skills, including the ability to work in a group and participating in project
meetings actively (E)

INFORMAL ENQUIRIES:Â For an informal discussion about
this post, please contact Professor Fabio Ciravegna (tel: 0114 2221940; email:Â

FURTHER INFORMATION: The post is available full-time and
is tenable until end of the project (February 2010)

SALARY: according to experience, but expected in the range
In addition to competitive pay and generous holiday entitlements,
our staff enjoy access to:

•final salary pension scheme
•corporate Childcare Vouchers
•Home Computing Initiative scheme:Â
•special staff rates for S10 Health
•outstanding sports and recreational

CLOSING DATE: 1st of September 2008.

INTERVIEW DATE: 12th of September 2008

STARING DATE: as soon as possible thereafter, possibly by
October 2008

How to apply: See
Postdoc Researcher Position in Social Network Mining

We are looking for a full-time postdoc researcher with strong skills in algorithms, databases and data mining to join a research project on Social Network Mining. The project is hosted by the Centre for Advanced Information Systems (CAIS) of School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang
Technological University.

The successful applicant, with a good PhD degree in Computer Science and strong research interests, will contribute to:
– Conducting data mining research on social networks
– Developing algorithms and tools for social network discovery
– Developing algorithms and tools for social network analysis
– Working with a team of programmers and domain experts to implement novel applications of social network discovery and analysis in national security

The position will be available for one year with possible extension. Project details are available at For more information, and to apply for the position, please contact Asst Prof Sun Aixin at

Please include the following in the application email:
– Cover letter
– Curriculum vitae

The deadline is 15 Sep 2008.

Dr. Aixin Sun
School of Computer Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
The Laboratory of Information Systems of the Institute of
Computing at UNICAMP, Brazil, is offering one post-doc position
in scientific databases.

Initial period – 12 to 24 months, extension possible
Expected starting date: March 2009.
Funding – Brazilian research grants (approx, 2,200 euros net per month, plus
other benefits such as travel support for conferences)

The successful applicant will participate in research being conducted
within two major projects in biodiversity and agriculture.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:
– a Ph.D. in computer science or computer engineering
– a strong background in database systems, with emphasis in eScience and
scientific applications
– a good knowledge of software engineering and Web services
– an excellent command of written English; applicants are expected to be
able to speak reasonable English, Spanish or Portuguese
– publications in related conferences and journals

How to apply:

Send a PDF document containing – candidate’s CV, list of
publications, and pointers to relevant publications (e.g., DOI or
http addresses) – only PDF documents will be considered.

Candidates should send their applications to Dr. Claudia Bauzer Medeiros,

UNICAMP, Institute of Computing and LIS

UNICAMP is one of the top universities in Latin America (see It is situated in the city of Campinas, in the
State of São Paulo, in the middle of Brazil’s "Silicon
Valley". The Institute of Computing is one of the oldest CS
institutions in Brazil (first graduates in 1969), with very
qualified undergraduate and graduate students. Even though
Brazil’s only language is Portuguese, faculty and students speak

LIS – Laboratory of Information Systems has 30 graduate and
undergraduate students that work on interdisciplinary research
involving, among others, database systems, human-computer
interfaces, image processing and software engineering. For more
information (projects, publications, people) see

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