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Postdoctoral Researcher in Automating Semantic Policy Compliance

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Automating Semantic Policy Compliance

Level:Level 1
POSTED:April 15, 2024
LOCATION:Dublin City University
Duration:2 years
Reports to:Dr. Harshvardhan Pandit
Salary:IUA Postdoctoral Researcher Salary Scale – Point 1 €43,908 – Point 7 €51,677
Closing Date:June 10, 2024

Please note the below is a shortened version of the full job specification. For more details please refer to the full Job Description document, which can be downloaded by clicking on the ‘Download full job spec’ button above. Closing date 10th June 2024.

Role Profile

The ADAPT Centre seeks to appoint a Post-Doctoral Researcher to work on a project involving the creation and utilisation of machine-readable semantics to assist with policy documentation, discovery, and enforcement workflows using LLMs. This project is a collaboration between ADAPT and an industry partner, and the Researcher will be mainly based in the ADAPT Centre within Dublin City University. The Researcher will work on a project involving developing a Machine-readable Data Policy Specification based on standards (RDF, ODRL), exploring its use to represent data policy workflows (e.g. under GDPR), explore the use of LLMs to assist in generating structured information, and to develop tools and techniques for policy enforcement (e.g. ensure workflows align with data processing agreements). 

The open position corresponds to the work on one or more of the following topics:

  1. Developing a machine-readable policy specification based on semantic web standards
  2. Exploring potential of LLMs to assist with creation and verification of policies
  3. Developing a policy enforcement tool to apply the developed specification


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and conduct the research under the leadership of the Principal Investigator
  • Disseminating outcomes of research through project reports as well as peer-reviewed academic publications, technical reports, industry and public events, and other channels.
  • Assist in the further development of research potential by pursuing external funding.
  • Where relevant to the research topic, and within the bounds of DCU policies, assist in co-supervising graduate and postgraduate research students.
  • Administrative and management tasks associated with the project.
  • Carry out any other duties within the scope and purpose of the job as requested by the PI. 
  • Comply with all ADAPT and DCU policies and regulations, including those in relation to Research Ethics and Health and Safety.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the appropriate mix of knowledge, experience, skills, talent and abilities as outlined below:


Knowledge and Experience

  • A PhD in Computer Science or equivalent (essential)
  • A strong background in use of semantic web, developing ontologies and applications that use querying (e.g. SPARQL), reasoning, and validation (e.g. SHACL) (essential)
  • Knowledge or awareness of privacy and data protection regulations such as GDPR (ideal)
  • Knowledge of ODRL and Data Privacy Vocabulary (DPV) (ideal)
  • Experience in using and developing applications with LLMs designing and developing (ideal)
  • Evidence of a research profile and publication record (essential)
  • Knowledge of research techniques and methodologies (essential)


Candidates will be assessed on the following competencies:
Discipline knowledge and Research skills – Demonstrates knowledge of a research discipline
and the ability to conduct a specific programme of research within that discipline
Understanding the Research Environment – Demonstrates an awareness of the research
environment (for example funding bodies) and the ability to contribute to grant applications

Communicating Research – Demonstrates the ability to communicate their research with their
peers and the wider research community (for example presenting at conferences and
publishing research in relevant journals) and the potential to teach and tutor students
Managing & Leadership skills – Demonstrates the potential to manage a research project
including the supervision of undergraduate students

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