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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student or postdoc in knowledge representation and applied reasoning, Karlsruhe, GERMANY

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)  is the result of the merger 
of the University of Karlsruhe and the Research Center Karlsruhe. It is a 
unique institution in Germany, which combines the mission of a university 
with that of a large-scale research center of the Helmholtz Association. 
With 8000 employees and an annual budget of EUR 720 millions, KIT is one 
of the largest research and education institutions worldwide.

The Chair for Pervasive Computing Systems and the TECO group are looking 
asap for a

Research assistant (doctoral or post-doctoral level, TV-L 13)

in the area of knowledge representation and applied reasoning.

TECO is an internationally recognized research unit at KIT in Ubiquitous 
and Pervasive Computing since 1993. The group is associated with the Chair 
for Pervasive Computing Systems of the Institute of Telematics, but 
distinguishes itself in being close to industry, both with respect to its 
funding model and its participation in "real-world projects" with a range 
of partners in the software and hardware industries. Their research in 
applied telematics and Ubiquitous Computing focuses on the domains of 
Intelligent and Context-Sensitive Systems, Human-Computer Interaction and 
Communications. TECO has significant experience in the area of 
knowledge-based reasoning in Context-Sensitive Systems, intelligent 
self-organizing Distributed Systems (especially in the area of Wireless 
Sensor Networks), and middleware architectures for bridging extremely 
heterogeneous computing environments from networks consisting of tiny 
sensor nodes to distributed ERP systems.

We are looking for graduates (MSc or PhD) in area of Computer Science or 
related disciplines to complement our team working on Intelligent and 
Context-Sensitive Systems with skills the area of:

  * Knowledge representation
  * Ontology engineering
  * Conceptual modeling and domain modeling

Candidates are ideally knowledgable and interested in at least one of
the following fields:

  * Reasoning (e.g. F-Logic, OWL-DL)
  * Machine learning (e.g. clustering, classification)
  * Semantic web service composition
  * Data mining, process mining, predictive analytics
  * Optimization and planning

The position will be funded by the TIMBUS FP7 project (Timeless
Business: and The project
endeavors enlarging the understanding of so-called digital
preservation (DP) techniques. It will ensure continued access to
services and software necessary to (re)produce the context within
which information can be accessed and semantically interpreted.

The candidate will cooperate with international industry partners
(e.g. SAP) and academic research groups (e.g. TU Vienna) to perform
novel research on knowledge representation, modeling and reasoning in
the context of digital preservation. The goal of this research is to
design and implement a reasoning system that is able to learn and
reason about dependencies in service-oriented and distributed
systems. The research will be performed in a vibrant interdisciplinary
environment involving researchers from a wide range of areas. Concerns
addressed in TIMBUS range from legal and economic aspects to technical
aspects of software development, virtualization, and sensor
technologies. Application areas include multimedia productions, the
Internet of Services, civil engineering, and particle physics.

The project work will include collaboration with European project
partners and reporting to the European Commission in oral
presentations and written deliverables. Therefore the candidate should
be business fluent in English. We further expect team members to have
basic German language skills.

Besides project work, candidates are encouraged to pursue a doctoral
degree in Computer Science. Therefore, the candidate will be
responsible for the supervision of bachelor's, master's, diploma and
seminar theses, and is expected to publish at internationally
recognized scientific conferences.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and encourages applications from minority group members and
women. Applicants with disabilities and equivalent qualifications will
receive preference. Please submit your detailed applications,
including cover letter and position statement, CV as well as copies of
all relevant credentials, transcripts and certificates, the latest by
2012-01-31 either electronically to or by
mail the following address. Please note that a personalized cover
letter and position statement is very important to us to understand
your motivation in applying for this position and the project.

Irina Schierholz
TECO, Chair for Pervasive Computing Systems
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Prof. Michael Beigl
Postfach 6980
76049 Karlsruhe