Early Stage Researcher (EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Project) x 2

University of Bedfordshire - Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC) / QUARTZ project, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network

The Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC) in the School of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Bedfordshire is seeking to appoint two full-time doctoral candidates / early stage researchers to join the EU funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network QUARTZ (http://www.quartz-itn.eu)

QUARTZ is an EU Horizon 2020 ITN/ETN on Quantum Information Access and Retrieval Theory. By developing new approaches to Information Access and Retrieval (IAR) and addressing the challenges of the dynamic and multimodal nature of the data and user interaction context, QUARTZ aims to educate its Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to adopt a novel theoretically and empirically motivated approach to IAR based on the quantum mechanical framework that gives up the notions of unimodal features and classical ranking models disconnected from context. Each ESR will be aware that the current state of the art of IAR is not sufficient to address the challenges of a dynamic, adaptive and context-aware user-machine interaction and to make a major breakthrough in the overall effectiveness of retrieval systems, and that a genuine theoretical breakthrough is on the contrary necessary. We believe that this breakthrough can be provided by quantum theory, which can integrate abstract vector spaces, probability spaces, and logic in a single theoretical framework, which extend and generalize the classical vector, probability and logic spaces utilised in IAR. QUARTZ will consist of training activities and ESR research projects, which investigate theoretical issues and evaluate methods and prototypes for adaptive IAR systems managing large data collections and meeting the end user's information needs in a dynamic context.

The positions are subject to the eligibility criteria of the University of Bedfordshire and of the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN programme, which include the following:

At the time the appointment is made, candidates must have under four years (full-time equivalent) research experience, measured from the date when they obtained the degree, which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate. Furthermore, they not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. The candidates must not have spent more than 12 months in the UK in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.

QUARTZ has been established by the University of Padua (Italy), The Open University (UK), The University of Bedfordshire (UK), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany) and Linneuniversitetet (Sweden). QUARTZ is supported by a wide range of industrial and organisational partners such as: Websays SL (Spain), Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Tianjin University (China), Greater Glasgow Health Board (UK), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin-Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Germany). The partners will provide complementary expertise, use cases, test beds and training activities. Further partners might join the consortium in the future.

For further information, please contact Dr Ingo Frommholz, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Technology at ingo.frommholz@beds.ac.uk.

For a full job description and person specification for the two research opportunities (ESR-3 or ESR-4), please click here.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and values the diversity of all its workforce and student population.

To apply: please visit http://www.quartz-itn.eu/recruitment and submit your application (please choose ESR-3 or ESR-4). Please highlight your achievement in your covering letter and describe how you fit the person specification.

Please note: All applications must be received by midnight on the closing date. Applications will not be accepted after this deadline.

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