Monday, October 26, 2009

Open PhD Positions in Semantic Multimedia Retrieval Project

OPEN Ph.D. POSITIONS at Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI), Potsdam (Germany) starting on the fourth quarter of 2009

Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) is a privately financed institute affiliated with the University of Potsdam, Germany. The Institute's founder and benefactor Professor Hasso Plattner, who is also co-founder and chairman of the supervisory board of SAP AG, has created an opportunity for students to experience a unique education in IT systems engineering in a professional research environment with a strong practice orientation.
(for more information on HPI, c.f. )

Project Description:
MEDIAGLOBE is part of the THESEUS research program initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology (BMWi), with the goal of developing a new Internet-based infrastructure in order to better use and utilize the knowledge available on the Internet. The focus of the research program is on semantic technologies, which determine contents (words, images, sounds, and videos) not through conventional methods (e.g., combinations of letters) but which are able to recognize and place the meaning of a content in its proper context. MEDIAGLOBE deals with digitalization, analysis, and semantic retrieval of historical, documentary audiovisual content. (for more information on MEDIAGLOBE, c.f. )

The ideal candidate holds a MS degree in Computer Science or related field and is able to consider both theoretical and practical/implementation aspects in her/his work. Fluent english communication and programming skills are fundamental requirements. Since we are working on a multimedia repository with resources in German language, German language skills are welcome! Preferably the candidate has a background in one of the following
• semantic web technologies
• knowledge representations and ontology engineering
• audiovisual retrieval and analysis
• semantic search
• innovative web development
• user interface design for audiovisual content

The position starts as soon as possible and is full-time (40h/week) for the duration of the project until Oct 2011. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will tightly work with international partners and has the possibility to pursue PhD work within the scope of the project.

How to apply:
Excellent candidates are invited to apply with:
• Curriculum vitae and copies of degree certificates/transcripts,
• Writing samples/copies of relevant scientific papers (e.g. thesis, etc.),
• Letters of recommendation.

Please send your application in PDF format indicating in the subject 'Application for PhD position‘ via email or via traditional mail to the following contact.

Contact and application:
Harald Sack
Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik GmbH
Universität Potsdam
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3
D-14482 Potsdam, Germany
phone: +49 (0)331-5509-527
+49 (0)331-5509-325