Title: Evolving the OpenCitations infrastructure as a scalable and interoperable cluster of services
Job Venue: Bologna, Italy
Contract duration: 12 months
Net salary: 22.797,92 euros per year
Application deadline: 28 February 2023
Call for applications: https://bandi.unibo.it/ricerca/assegni-ricerca?id_bando=66012
OpenCitations is seeking applicants for a one-year Research Fellow position to be held from April 2023, for which the application closing deadline is 28 February 2023. The Research Fellow will work directly with Professor Silvio Peroni and will become a member of the Research Centre for Open Scholarly Metadata at the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna, Italy.
OpenCitations (http://opencitations.net/) is as a fully free and open infrastructure to provide access to global scholarly bibliographic and citation data, of quality and coverage to rival those from proprietary services, such as Web of Science and Scopus. OpenCitations is not-for-profit and all its services are free. OpenCitations is managed by the Research Centre for Open Scholarly Metadata of the University of Bologna (https://openscholarlymetadata.org).
Currently, the amount and complexity of the data made available by OpenCitations opens up several issues related to the improvement, scalability and optimisation of its infrastructure. Therefore, it is crucial to study and customise recent approaches for managing Big Data to create a knowledge base to build decentralised, scalable, long-lasting and easily-customizable services.
The goal of the Research Fellowship is
Thus, the Research Fellow is expected to address issues related to the provision of Web services, the management of distributed and heterogeneous databases and services, data conversion and ingestion processes, parallel computing and security. Particular attention will be given to data preservation and the long-term maintenance and update of the infrastructure.
The minimal formal requirement for this position is a Master's degree in Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Digital Humanities or equivalent.
Moreover, applicants are expected to have
It is highly desirable for the applicants to have
Teamwork abilities and a good knowledge of Italian would also be very beneficial.
How to apply
The Research Fellowship application (written either in Italian or in English) should minimally comprise the following:
The Call for Applications (in Italian and in English) is available online on the website of the University of Bologna. It also includes an attachment with a description of OpenCitations and of the activities related to the position. As indicated in the Call for Applications, candidates need to apply exclusively through the University of Bologna web portal.
Supervisor: Professor Silvio Peroni (firstname.lastname@example.org )