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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral Research position in Ontology Evolution, SOUTH AFRICA

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research position in the area of Ontology Evolution in 
the newly established UKZN/CSIR Meraka Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAIR) within the School 
of Computer Science University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: (alias

The project seeks to explore to what extent current approaches to ontology evolution can be 
captured using description logics, with emergency response as a possible area of application.

Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience in description logics or ontology 

The successful applicant will be based primarily in Pretoria, South Africa, and will undertake 
short research placements to the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh in the United 
Kingdom (UED). The application will be jointly supervised by Professor Tommie Meyer at CAIR and 
Professor Alan Bundy at UED. The position is for a duration of one year and is renewable for a 
second year, subject to satisfactory progress.
Eligibility Criteria:
- A doctoral degree in Computer Science or related area.
- Proven experience to undertake postdoctoral research in the
specified area.

Funding for the position will range from R180 000 to R270 000 per year comprising of:
- A tax free scholarship of R 180 000 for one year and subject
to satisfactory progress, renewable for a second year.

- A topup of up to R90 000 per year from CAIR , depending
onthe experience of the candidate and the availability of funds.

There is no application deadline. The position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate 
is identified. The awarding of the position is subject to the availability of funds.

More details on the application process can be found on the CAIR website:

Postal Address: School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh,
   Room 2.15, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB, UK. Telephone Number: 
+44-131-650-2716, Fax Number:
+44-131-650-6899, Email:
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