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Public call for 3 postdoc positions in ontologies at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)



Application Deadline: 23rd of December 2020


3 postdoc positions at the Conceptual and Cognitive Modelling Research Group (CORE), KRDB Research Centre


Faculty of Computer Science - Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy



We are looking for strong and highly motivated candidates to fill up 3 postdoc positions at the Conceptual and Cognitive Modeling Research Group (CORE) of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.


Please find a brief description of each position below:


·  Position 1: applicants are expected to carry out applied research and development activities in the context of a collaboration between UNIBZ and NOI Techpark regarding the design of the AlpineBits DestinationData, an ontology-based data exchange standard in the tourism area.

More details can be found at

·  Position 2: applicants are expected to carry out foundational and applied research in ontology-driven conceptual modeling, with particular attention to the design of innovative engineering tools for conceptual modeling, such as model validation, model verbalization, and transformation, as well as model complexity management.

More details can be found at

·  Position 3: applicants are expected to work on a well-founded core ontology for risk management, as well as on an ontology-based pattern language for constructing risk knowledge graphs of risk scenarios in organizations, complexity management support for managing large-scale risk modeling graphs, and a catalog of modeling anti-patterns for the risk management domain.

More details can be found at


If you are interested in one of these positions, we encourage you to apply to the public selection procedure accessible via the provided links.


The application deadline is 23.12.2020 at noon CET.


The expected start date is 02.01.2021.


The positions are for 1 year, but funding is already available to extend them upon positive evaluation. Additional funding is available for travel.


Despite the critical mass offered by the group itself in the areas of ontology/conceptual modeling and the extended critical mass of the KRDB Research Centre at large, we have a strong and continuous collaboration with other strong ontology research groups in the region (e.g., the Laboratory of Applied Ontology in Trento), as Bolzano is basically a half-hour train ride from Trento).


The KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data is widely recognized as one of the internationally leading groups in Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Representation research, with a synergy between foundational and application-oriented research. 


Bolzano is in one of the most fascinating European regions, the Dolomites. The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is a young university that has already established itself as an important research institution, both in Italy and abroad. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, the university is ranked 9th amongst the world's best small universities, and its Faculty of Computer Science is ranked among the 150 best CS departments worldwide (in absolute terms) and it is the 21st best Computer Science department worldwide for scientific citations.


For more information, please contact:


Prof. Giancarlo Guizzardi


Dr. Tiago Prince Sales