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Postdoc position on Knowledge Graphs for Music & cultural context

    Job description
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   We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow with an excellent track record in Knowledge Graphs (KG). Topics of interest in this area include, but are not limited to, semantic web, ontology engineering, automated KG construction, reasoning, link discovery & KG completion, efficient KG storage, and KG access (APIs). The successful candidate will contribute to Polifonia, a collaborative project between King’s College London and 10 other European partners, funded by the European Commission (H2020). The successful candidate will join the Distributed AI (DAI) group and the Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) Hub in the Department of Informatics, King’s College London.

   The goal of Polifonia is to realise an ​ecosystem of computational methods and tools supporting discovery, extraction, encoding, interlinking, classification, exploration of, and access to, musical heritage knowledge on the Web​. European musical heritage is a dynamic historical flow of experiences, leaving heterogeneous traces that are difficult to capture, connect, access, interpret, and valorise. Computing technologies have the potential to shed a light on this wealth of resources by extracting, materialising and linking new knowledge from heterogeneous sources, hence revealing facts and experiences from hidden voices of the past. Polifonia makes this happen by building novel ways of inspecting, representing, and interacting with digital content.  Polifonia focuses on ​European Musical Heritage​, intended as ​musical contents and artefacts - or music objects - (tunes, scores, melodies, notations, etc.) along with relevant ​knowledge about them such as: their links to tangible objects (theatres, conservatoires, churches, etc.), their cultural and historical contexts, opinions and stories told by people having diverse social and artistic roles (scholars, writers, musicians, politicians, journalists, etc), and facts expressed in different styles and disciplines (memoire, reportage, news, biographies, reviews), different languages (English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German), and across centuries.

   The post holder will work closely with dr. Albert Meroño Peñuela, the co-investigator, and project partners at the Open University (dr. Enrico Daga) and the University of Bologna (prof. Valentina Presutti). The candidate will play a leading role in developing and testing, with a focus on European musical heritage: ontologies and KG for music objects; methods for KG construction, completion and linking; and methods for KG storage and access (APIs). The candidate will also support partners in designing ontologies and KG for musical contexts, licensing and ownership (i.e. provenance). The candidate is also expected to participate in the project pilots and scientific reporting (papers and deliverables). 

   Key responsibilities
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   The post holder will work closely with dr. Albert Meroño Peñuela, the co-investigator, and project partners at the Open University (dr. Enrico Daga) and the University of Bologna (prof. Valentina Presutti). The candidate will play a leading role in developing and testing, with a focus on European musical heritage: ontologies and KG for music objects; methods for KG construction, completion and linking; and methods for KG storage and access (APIs). The candidate will also support partners in designing ontologies and KG for musical contexts, licensing and ownership (i.e. provenance). The candidate is also expected to participate in the project pilots and scientific reporting (papers and deliverables).

   - Lead the development of methods, software and datasets that fulfil the goals and requirements as specified in the project
   - Support the project partners in fulfilling their goals and requirements as specified in the project
   - Communicate the scientific achievements in project deliverables and scientific papers, engaging in advanced research
   - Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the co-investigator

   The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. 

   Skills, knowledge, and experience 
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   Essential criteria
   - a PhD awarded in Computer Science or related subject [or near completion]
   - Semantic web
   - Ontology engineering
   - Automated KG construction
   - Reasoning
   - Link discovery & KG completion
   - Embedding-based KG methods
   - Efficient KG storage
   - KG access methods and APIs

   Desirable criteria
   - Knowledge of the domain of European musical heritage
   - Knowledge of Italian, French, Spanish, or German (in addition to English)