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.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.
-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.