Project 9: Identifying Work, Tasks, and Information Flows

Host Organisation: Spinque BV is a high-tech SME based in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
The doctorate degree will be awarded through the Radboud University in Nijmegen.

Spinque is specialised in solutions for professional search, with strong emphasis on the design of search workflows that are tailored to the specific datasets and tasks at hand. At Spinque, you will work in a high-tech SME while working toward completing your PhD thesis that will be defended at Radboud University.

The objectives of the PhD research project are: (1) to explore how linked (open and closed) enterprise data and (alignment of) ontologies can be exploited to improve the effectiveness of complex search and recommendation systems in information-intensive organisations, especially institutions in higher education; (2) to support the user in the semi-automatic tasks of defining strategies for search and (meta-)data enrichment and reconciliation; (3) to include (ad-hoc) advanced models in a structured workflow designer for linking and search.

The expected outcome is the definition and implementation of (semi-)automatic techniques and algorithms to assist professional users, in the area of innovation management for a university, in the context of a visually-oriented workflow designer.

Main DoSSIER Research Area: Methods

Main DoSSIER Target Domain: Innovation

Applicant Requirements:
A masters degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Artificial Intelligence, or related subject area

Applicant Qualification profile:
  • Full proficiency in English communication, both orally and written
  • In-depth knowledge of Information Retrieval
  • The drive to achieve real-world impact with your research during your training
  • Good programming skills; Java and/or JavaScript is an advantage
  • Experience with Web technologies (Semantic Web / Linked Data) is an advantage
  • Experience with relational databases is an advantage
  • Experience with UI/UX design is an advantage
What we offer:
  • Fixed-term, full-time employment contract for the duration of 36 months.
  • Three fully-funded secondments of 3 months each during the project, foreseen to be in Austria (TU Wien), Italy (University of Milano-Bicocca), and the USA (School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee)

To apply to this position, follow these instructions.

For more information about this project, contact: Professor Arjen P. de Vries (arjen @