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2 Post-doctoral positions at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

The KRDB group at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano/Italy is offering a post-doctoral position on

*** Optimization of SPARQL query answering for Ontology Based
Data Access and Ontology Based Data Integration ***

The position is financed by the IP project „Scalable End-user Access to Big Data (Optique)” within the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The position concerns the design and implementation of optimization techniques for SPARQL query answering over virtual RDF graphs (R2RML mappings over relational databases).

Absolute requirements for this position are a Ph.D. in computer science with a strong research track record, testified by publications in top venues, and including significant implementation experience. The most desirable research backgrounds are SPARQL and SQL query optimization, OWL2 reasoning, including specialized reasoning for the OWL2 profiles, and rules. Interested candidates working on other areas but interested in query optimization are encouraged to apply.

During this project the applicant will also have the opportunity to apply the results of their research in challenging industrial use-cases involving reasoning on Big Data, as provided by the Optique project and the user base of the ontop framework for Ontology Based Data Access.

One position is to start 2013 as early as possible. The second position is to start on the second quarter of 2013. Both positions have an initial contract duration of 1 year, with the possibility of extension up to 4 years.

Additionally, the position comes with a great location, Bolzano [1,2] The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is located right in the center of one of the most beautiful cities in the Alps. The region, South Tyrol, is among the top destination for Hikers, Mountaineers, Rock climbers, Skiers, etc. And last, as one would expect from any Italian location, food in Bolzano is a great.

Interested applicants should get in contact immediately with Prof. Diego Calvanese ( and Dr. Mariano Rodriguez ( Please attach a detailed CV including a list of publications, a statement of interest and up to 3 references (reference letters will be requested directly from the referees).

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