Early Stage Researcher positions in Quantum Information Access and Retrieval Theory (QUARTZ)

Applications are invited for 13 three-year Early Stage Researcher positions in Quantum Information Access and Retrieval Theory (QUARTZ). For many of them, a PhD degree will be awarded.

The positions are part of the new 48 months EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Curie Actions (MSCA), Innovative Training Network (ITN) QUARTZ (contract N. 721321), started on January 1, 2017.
QUARTZ has been established by:

  • University of Padua, Information Engineering, Prof. Massimo Melucci, Coordinator
  • The Open University, Computing and Communications, Prof. Dawei Song
  • University of Bedfordshire, Computer Science and Technology, Dr Ingo Frommholz and Dr. Haiming Liu
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Leo Apostel Centre (CLEA), Prof. Diederik Aerts
  • University of Copenhagen, Computer Science, Prof. Christina Lioma
  • Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg Fakultät 1, Prof. Dr. Ingo Schmitt
  • Linneuniversitetet, Mathematics, Prof. Andrei Khrennikov

QUARTZ is supported by a wide range of industrial and organisational partners such as: Websays SL, Spain, Dr. Hugo Zaragoza, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Prof. Peter Bruza, Tianjin University, China, Prof. Yuexian Hou, Greater Glasgow Health Board, United Kingdom, Dr. Xiangyang Ju, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin-Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Germany, Dr. David Zellhöfer. The partners will provide complementary expertise, use cases, test beds and training activities. Further partners might join the consortium in the future.
QUARTZ is an ITN on Quantum Information Access and Retrieval Theory. Towards a new approach to Information Access and Retrieval (IAR) 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.
Research will be conducted under the supervision of the Principal Investigators listed above with opportunities for collaborative work with other universities and industrial partners in QUARTZ, and with the expectation of about eight month secondment to 2-3 partners in this project based on the topic of research.

Eligibility criteria
The positions are subjected to the eligibility criteria of the participating universities and of the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN programme, which include the following:

  • Applicants shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation of QUARTZ for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the hiring date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

For all recruitments, the eligibility of the researcher will be screened before recruitment.
NOTE: to apply to some universities of QUARTZ, applicants might not hold a Master degree, but have got a first-class Honours degree or meet equivalent requirements. Further details are available at the organisations in charge of the selected individual research projects.
These and other details including expected salaries can be found at www.quartz-itn.eu

Recruitment process
The recruitment process adopted by the consortium will be based on a competitive basis, following usual academic practices. It will be transparent and consistent with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, including information on conditions of employment.
Candidates can apply for up to three individual researcher projects. Applications will be screened using eligibility criteria and on competitive basis. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview, which will assess candidates according to their skills, knowledge and relevant research/industrial experience; their capacity and enthusiasm to undertake the training activities; and the expected impact on their future career whether in academia or industry.
Interested candidates are invited to apply for the Individual Research Projects listed below. The recruitment process is illustrated and can be started at www.quartz-itn.eu/recruitment

Individual Research Projects
The list of the individual research projects is reported below. Additional details on the project and how to apply for that position can be obtained at www.quartz-itn.eu
•    ESR-1 Querying and Ranking Multimodal Data Using Vector Spaces - Applicantswill be recruited at the University of Padova
•    ESR-2 Dynamic Content Monitoring and Exploration using Vector Spaces - Applicants will be recruited at the University of Padova
•    ESR-3 A Quantum Model for Interactive Search and Retrieval based on Information Foraging Theory
•    ESR-4 Design, Evaluation and Application of an Interactive Quantum theoretical Polyrepresentative Framework
•    ESR-5 Reasoning in Quantum Logic
•    ESR-6 Modelling User's Cognitive Dynamics in IAR via Quantum Probability
•    ESR-7 Multimodal Deep Learning of Abstract Vector Spaces and Adaptive Ranking Scheme
•    ESR-8 Characterising Uncertainty in Feature Extraction for Document Ranking
•    ESR-9 Non-Decomposable Semantic Indicators
•    ESR-10 Quantum Open Systems and Adaptive Ranking of Information Items
•    ESR-11 Decision Theory Based on Contextual Quantum Probability - Applicants will be recruited at the University of Padova
•    ESR-12 Entanglement of Semantic Entities in the Web
•    ESR-13 Quantum Statistical Distributions for Abstract Conceptual Data

These positions are funded by the EU grant for three years, will start no later than October 1, 2017. Terms and conditions of employment will be those for MSCA ESRs. Salary: MSCA rates will apply. See also http://www.quartz-itn.eu/recruitment
Interested candidates should access to http://www.quartz-itn.eu/recruitment  to receive further information and to apply.

The first batch of recruitment will end when all the positions are filled or by April 30, 2017 at the latest.