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2yr postdoc at Semantic Web group of VU Amsterdam on semantics for open science

Vacancy: a 2 year postdoc position at the Semantic Web group of VU Amsterdam on semantics for open science: Applications by March 1.

Semantic Technologies for constructing scientific meta-reviews

A two-year, full time vacancy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for a research-oriented Post Doc with a PhD in computer sciences to work with us on innovating an open access database to store and retrieve scientific findings for meta-reviews.

The Cooperation Databank Project is an ambitious multidisciplinary effort to improve how we practice science. Scientists often use search engines to find relevant literature, and then proceed to read relevant papers to generate conclusions about specific topics, which are then cited in their own research. We will use semantic technologies to store and retrieve scientific research results to support aggregating quantitative information across studies in meta-analyses.

To our knowledge, this is the first project in the social sciences that will link the storage of scientific findings to state-of-the-art methods to aggregate and analyse such findings. A unique corpus is available of nearly 2000 research papers from one of the most mature experimental research topics in the social sciences, cooperation in social dilemmas, all which have been annotated with more than 80 variables at a deep semantic level to a high degree of accuracy.

For this project we are searching to fill a two-year, full time, research-oriented Post Doc with a PhD in computer sciences. Expertise in data modelling and semantic technologies is required, knowledge of statistical software (R) is an advantage. The position is expected to result in several international peer-reviewed publications about this new method of storing research findings, and how this method can promote scientific progress. The P.I. Dr. Daniel Balliet has received an ERC Starting Grant for this project (1.5 million euros) inluding budget for travel to international conferences. The post-doc will work in close collaboration with prof. Frank van Harmelen and dr. Annette ten Teije from the Knowledge Representation group of the Computer Science Department, a world-leading group in semantic technologies.

Funding is available for a two year post-doc position, starting as soon as possible. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of €3475,- gross per month up to a maximum of €4757,- gross. For information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment see

Applications and enquiries to dr. Daniel Balliet or prof. Frank van Harmelen before March 1.