PostDoc Fellowship Opportunity in Ontology for Industry Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA), ISTC-CNR at Trento (Italy)

We are pleased to forward information about a PostDoc Fellowship in Ontology in Trento.

Research will focus on the study of ontology for industry with the possibility to engage in both foundational ontology and the development of a domain ontology for a real industrial case. The research topics will be fixed depending on your interests. The selection will be based on your academic titles and research record.

Application deadline: Jan. 13, 2021 (see below)

Job Description

Your research will focus on the use of applied ontology as a driver for data and information interoperability, following the FAIR data principles, in the industrial domain and in particular in areas like aerospace, manufacturing and material engineering. You will work on three types of activities (emphasis depends on your own interests): (1) study and formalization of the relationships across existing top-level and middle-level ontologies including the identification of commonalities and formal alignments among them; (2) collaborate in the development and implementation of an ecosystem of ontologies and knowledge bases for automatic or semi-automatic data exchange (preserving semantic interpretation); (3) collaborate on the topics of the European project “OntoCommons”.

Working at LOA

The position is fully funded for one year, and may be renewed till the end of the project in Oct. 2023. You will get an annual salary of EUR 26.000,00 and have access to all research facilities of the Laboratory for Applied Ontology. You will work in Trento, a touristic city in the Alps in Northern Italy at one hour from Verona and ½ hour from South Tirol by regular train. The Laboratory has a large network of collaborations in all Europe and around the world (including USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Korea).

Research at LOA

The Laboratory for Applied Ontology developed the Descriptive Ontology for Linguistic and Cognitive Engineering (DOLCE), the first logically formalized foundational ontology, and collaborated in the development of several other ontologies (like BFO, YAMATO, UFO) and developed the OntoClean methodology for taxonomies. It co-founded and hosted for almost 10 year the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (


  • – A PhD in in Computer Science or Information Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or Philosophy or Communication Science,
  • – Two years or more of research experience,
  • – Research experience on the use of ontology,
  • – Knowledge of logical languages,
  • – Written and spoken English skills
  • – Survival knowledge of Italian (all research activities are in English)

Important Dates

Deadline for application: 13 January 2021.

Interview: 20 January 2021.

Starting Date: 1 February 2021 (flexible).

Call and Contact

You can download the call in English at this link:

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