Announcement for Job Vacancy


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Within the
framework of the SIERA project, an FP7 European project, Sina Institute For
Knowledge and Arabic Technologies, at Birzeit University, is seeking two highly
qualified candidates for the following  PhD
research position.

Position Title: PhD



Required Qualifications:

  • Master Degree (or
    equivalent) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or other related fields.
  • Advanced knowledge
    and practical skills in database, XML, and object-oriented, and web programming.
    Knowledge about ontology engineering, lexical semantics, Arabic language
    processing, data mining, and/or machine learning is a bonus.
  • Ability and high motivation
    to conduct research.
  • Experience in writing
    quality scientific articles.
  • Ability (and
    preferably experience) in writing completive R&D proposals.
  • Fluency in written
    and spoken English.
  • Excellent written and
    oral communication and
    leadership skills.
  • Excellent skills in
    writing press releases and web content, in Arabic and English.
  • Ability to travel
  • High motivation and
    readiness to conduct PhD level research
    in topics related to Ontology Engineering, Lexical semantics, and Arabic NLP.

Job Description:

-      Conducting research in the area of Lexical
Semantics and multilingual knowledge Sharing, which includes developing
algorithms, programming, conducting experiments, and writing articles.

Help in
administration and financial management of R&D projects.

Help in writing
R&D proposals.

Coordinate and
organize scientific events and conferences.

Teach basic and
advanced courses to undergraduate students.

Write press releases
and develop web sites, when needed.

Any other R&D
task in the institute, when needed.

In turn, we offer:

-      Competitive

-      Unique
research environment with state-of-art infrastructure.

-      Interesting
research topics related to the area of Arabic technologies, e-governance, and
Semantic Web.

-      Excellent
ties to research groups worldwide.

-      Possibility
to work in and lead international research projects.

Extra Information:

Successful applicants
will work full-time on SIERA Project, and will be selected to conduct
PhD research in one of the project's related research fields. Selected students
will conduct their PhD at Sina Institute, and being officially registered in prestigious
 EU Universities (one of SIERA Project
Partners, see the website). That is, PhD students will be co-supervised by both
EU and Palestinian scientists, and their research topics will be the same or
very close to their project duties. Students are expected to spend 1-3 months a
year with their EU co-supervisors and the rest of their time at Sina Institute.
PhD degrees will be granted from partner Universities once the student fulfills
all the requirements.

The project's aim
is to reinforce closer and sustainable scientific cooperation between
Palestinian and EU scientists in the field of multilingual and multicultural
knowledge sharing technologies. The diversity of languages, cultures, and
standards are the main barriers to sharing and consuming knowledge. All project
activities are focused around establishing new research in this field. Two EU
multilingual knowledge sharing portals have been selected as a concrete test-bed
for the targeted research. The first, MICHAEL, is a cultural heritage portal
which provides a multilingual service to explore digital collections from
museums, archives, libraries and other cultural institutions from across
Europe. The second, KYOTO, is a wiki-portal about environment and ecology. The
key idea is to use both portals to investigate how to enable large-scale
knowledge sharing portals with Arabic language and content. In doing this, a
digitalized repository of Palestinian Cultural Heritage and another repository
in the environment domain will be provided and added to the knowledge sharing

Deadline for
applications is June, 18th 2012. Applications
must be filled using the following link: