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WE ARE HIRING – Full-time Researcher

Our team wants you!uncle_sam_28pointing_finger29

You think that public administration could do better? You see technological potential as being grossly grossly  neglected? You have big ideas of how technology can contribute to deliver improved services for the benefit of all, to make countries greener, cities smarter, and people happier?

We are interested!

You have a technical background, with experience in programming and databases? You are not afraid of UML, metadata and data modelling? You always wanted to get deep into linked (open) data and semantics? You find requirements engineering to be a piece of cake?

We should definitely talk!

The Department for E-Governance and Administration at Danube University Krems / Austria (EU) is looking for an enthusiastic new colleague to improve public governance through the widespread application of technology.

We are the leading Austrian research institution for public governance, with long-lasting collaborations within the international research community, industry, as well as within public administration; including the Austrian Chancellery, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the City of Vienna, or the Austrian Federal Computing Centre. The Department for E-Governance and Administration also hosts, together with the Federal Ministry for the Civil Service and Sport, the GovLabAustria, an innovation lab for the public sector.

You bring:

  • Graduate in Computer Science, (business) informatics or any other study with a clear and demonstrable focus on ICT
  • Master’s level or higher degree (or equivalent qualification)
  • A deep interest to perform research on the intersection between public administration, science, industry, and society
  • A deep understanding of data driven-approaches, process design, and digital transformation
  • The ability to identify problems on your own and provide solutions to them
  • You enjoy working with collaborative technologies, also remotely
  • Teamwork and constant exchange come naturally to you
  • Excellent English, written and spoken

Would be nice:

  • You possess experience working in a scientific environment
  • You have been part of an international research project already
  • First-hand experience in scientific publishing and writing research grant proposals

You will get:

  • Regular, project-based employee contract, starting 15.04.2019, limited to 30.9.2020 but with the clear intention for extension.
  • 2.738,91 EUR gross per month with 38.5h/week (W3/1 according to the Work and Remuneration Regulations – DBO of Danube University Krems) – we are willing to pay a higher salary according to qualifications and training.
  • Social amenities on the Campus Krems with a highly international and welcoming atmosphere.  
  • Excellent business contacts to high-ranked public sector officials as well as international research networks.
  • A beautiful work place within the UNESCO world heritage region of the Wachau.

Scope of project “ManyLaws”, in which you will work:

The project aims to deliver a set of novel services for citizens, businesses, and administrations of the European Union, built upon text mining, advanced processing and semantic analysis of legal information. To achieve this, ManyLaws will access big legal data currently produced and published in multiple national or EU public data sources (e.g., EUR-Lex, NOMOS), link it and transform it to structured open datasets. By combining data coming from a multiplicity of sources, ManyLaws aims to achieve seamless and inclusive access to legal information across EU and improve the efficacy of decision-making in legislative procedures operated by public bodies. Furthermore, the activity will cater for making available the total of semantically annotated input data, intermediate data sets, and output results through the European Data Portal.

For further information, please contact Ass.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Lampoltshammer via mail: thomas.lampoltshammer@donau-uni.ac.at

The team of the Department for E-Governance and Administration is looking forward to meeting you!

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We’re hiring!

Our team wants you!uncle_sam_28pointing_finger29

For reinforcing our team at the Department for E-Governance and Administration at the Faculty of Business and Globalization, we are searching for a highly motivated researcher for a non-tenured position.

For a non-tenured faculty position, responsibilities include collaborating on informatics/social sciences projects in multidisciplinary teams, supervising students during their Master’s thesis, teaching courses, and participating in service activities as well as in the development and/or expansion of national and European research activities. Rank is open based on qualifications.

This is a full-time, 3-years, non-tenure track appointment (limited until September 30th, 2019) with possible extension depending on funding and performance. 

Required Qualifications for Non-Tenured Position:

  • Master’s and/or doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Informatics (preferably Business-, or Legal informatics), Information Science or suitable combination of disciplines (Social Sciences and/or Legal Sciences within Informatics background).

Desired Qualifications for Non-Tenured Position:

  • Experienced in and active contributions to national and/or European/international research projects
  • Experienced in and active contributions to scientific publications and dissemination
  • Ability to teach and supervise students
  • High personal interest in the research areas E-Democracy, E-Government, E-Participation, Open Data, Data-driven administration/politics etc.
  • Hands-on programming skills (e.g., Java, C#, Python, JS)
  • Skills in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Expertise in data architectural design and analysis as well as in governance frameworks
  • Ability to work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team that includes computer/social scientists, legal experts, faculty, and staff
  • Willingness to travel
  • Excellent English language proficiency (German language proficiency is beneficial but not mandatory)

Initial closing date for this position is October 2nd, 2016. Electronic applications are preferred. Applicants are asked to email/send the following items with the application code “1659_GOV“ to the human resources department under the following address: “Personalabteilung der Donau-Universität Krems”, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, A-3500 Krems, Katharina Markl at katharina.markl@donau-uni.ac.at:

  • A letter of interest including the name of the position for which you are applying
  • Your qualifications and experience as it relates to the position
  • Teaching and research statement
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications

Please be prepared to provide letters of recommendation on request. The minimum monthly salary according to the university’ s remuneration system (W3/1) is EUR 2.642,05 gross for 38.5h/week. The actual salary may vary depending on the candidate’s experience and qualification.

The Danube University Krems is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Call For Papers: Annual Privacy Forum 2016

Annual Privacy Forum 2016
bringing research & policy together
7-8 September 2016
Frankfurt

ENISA is organizing the 2016 edition of the annual privacy forum, in the light of the upcoming data protection regulation and the European digital agenda. Papers covering original work on the technological, economic, legal and societal aspects of the challenges that will come up with the implementation of the new framework are welcome. We particularly invite multidisciplinary papers that make it explicit how the presented work can contribute to bridging the gap between research and policy.

Moreover, in order to also encourage contributions from policy makers, representatives of competent authorities (such as Data Protection Authorities), industry experts, NGOs and civil society associations, we invite opinion papers from all stakeholders on the above mentioned topics. Opinion papers will reflect the opinion/position of the author(s) on the selected privacy-related topic. Both research and opinion papers should deal with at least one of the following aspects:

  • Implementation aspects of ‘by design’ and ‘by default’ paradigms
  • Implementation and adoption of PETs in today’s digital services
  • Modelling of data protection and privacy requirements, such as: machine readable representations and automatic evaluation of policies
  • Enabling transparency: technological and organizational challenges
  • Technical solutions for the enforcement and the implications of the subject’s right, e.g. right to erasure, access and correction
  • Aspects of privacy impact and risk assessment
  • Technical solutions for data portability
  • Sustainable business models for privacy friendly online services
  • Information and consent in online environments: practical solutions and implementations
  • Privacy awareness, reliability and usability of PETs
  • Trust services for the protection of personal data – privacy aware trust services (i.e. electronic certificates, signatures, etc.)
  • Security measures for the protection of personal data
  • Economics of privacy and personal data

Important dates

Submission of full papers: March 15, 2016
AoE Notification to author: May 10, 2016
Camera-ready copies: May 31, 2016

Full Call for Papers

New: Open Data Institute Node in Vienna – a central hub for open data in Austria

ODI Node Vienna ©Semantic Web Company

ODI Node Vienna ©Semantic Web Company

ODI?

The Open Data Institute (the ODI) was founded in 2012 by Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, limited by guarantee company.
The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.
It convenes world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation and enables anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

ODI Node Vienna:

Today, on Wednesday 24.6.2015 the ODI Node Vienna has been officially founded!
Led by the Semantic Web Company (Martin Kaltenböck) the Vienna Node (as a networking node) is managed together with the partners Technical University Vienna, Institute for Software Technology (A Min Tjoa and Elmar Kiesling), University of Economics Vienna, Institute for Information Business (Axel Polleres) and Danube University Krems (Center for e-Government, Peter Parycek).

ODI Node Vienna: a central hub for open data in Austria

The ODI Node Vienna will become a central hub for open data and data activities in Austria and Vienna and stands for:

  • TOPICS
  • Open government data
    Open business data & innovation
    Open research and open science data and OpenGLAM (in a later stage)

  • OBJECTIVES
  • Build awareness about the value of Open Data & Data Management
    Build an (open) data ecosystem
    Help organizations to unlock the value of Open Data
    Bring together stakeholders (interface between communities, initiatives, open data providers, Gov’t and business)
    Provide a single point of access for businesses
    Platform for (Open) Data Management
    Support data publishers (Open Data Portal, data.gv.at)
    International Exchange about Open Data Innovation via ODI network

Furthermore the ODI Node Vienna is embedded in an international Node network of at the moment 24 Nodes – see map.

Thereby the ODI Node Vienna is in a process for continuous knowledge sharing and exchange with the headquarter in UK as well as with the other international Nodes on data activities, open data and data innovation!

Assessing the quality of university based research

Europe4ResearchersNewsletter

The Expert Group on Assessment of University-based Research addresses the methodologies used to assess/rank and evaluate the quality of research produced by universities covering a broad range of disciplines. 15 experts from European and non-European countries (including the US and Australia) make up the group and their areas of expertise range from engineering and science, to social sciences, humanities and arts.

The mandate of the group is as follows:

  • Identify the various types of users and potential users of measurements of the quality of university-based research;
  • Take stock of the main methodologies for assessing/ranking the quality of university-based research with a view to understanding their purpose, scope, uses, merits, limitations and impact;
  • Propose a consolidated multidimensional methodological approach, based on robust, relevant and widely accepted methods, addressing users’ needs and interests, and identifying data and indicator requirements. […]

Read the whole article at EURAXESS.