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Trinity College Dublin

PhD Studentship - Dynamic Web-data Integration

Closing Date: 
August 7, 2015

Post Status: 4 year PhD Studentships
Department: ADAPT Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin
Benefits: Payment of tax free stipend and academic fees
General enquires concerning this post can be addressed to

Research Topic

This PhD will investigate the creation of self-monitoring and self-adapting systems for data integration on the web. It will focus on the conversion of structured data such as GIS databases into graph-based data representations using the W3C RDF standard.

Modern enterprises need to collect and collate data from a variety of web sources for applications like content creation or business intelligence. Traditionally data integration is a highly manual process. However traditional solutions are brittle and many web data sources are highly dynamic. A self-monitoring data integration platform could monitor changes in sources and use data quality metrics to evaluate changes in imported data quality. When combined with internal models of the characteristics of currently active import mappings this could enable dynamic mappings that adapt themselves to changes in data sources.

This post is within the "Platform Theme E: Managing the Global Conversation" of the SFI-funded ADAPT centre at Trinity College Dublin. This theme focuses on enterprise processing of global digital content and meta-data-based management systems.

Why join ADAPT@TCD?

1. Work on hard problems in an interdisciplinary and exciting research environment. The ADAPT Centre combines expertise of researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, and Dublin Institute of Technology. It brings together more than 150 researchers which collectively have won more than €100m in competitive research funding and have an international track record of bridging research and innovations to more than 140 companies. With €50m in new research funding from SFI and industry, ADAPT research and technologies will help businesses in all sectors to manage, personalise and deliver digital content more effectively.

2. Work in a university where excellence of research is valued. Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is Ireland’s premier university and is ranked in 71st position in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2014.

3. Work in a centre focussed on advancing your career. Whether you you want to take an academic, industrial , or entrepreneurial career path, ADAPT prides itself in the support and
mentoring that enables all its PhD candidates to reach their full potential. This year alone its postdoc-to-PI programme has helped three postdocs transition to be Principal Investigators on their own H2020 projects, while four other have recently won funding with ADAPT support to realise the commercialisation of their research through spin outs and licensing.


The successful candidate will have an excellent academic record (first class or II.1 primary degree or a postgraduate qualification, e.g. M.Sc.) in Computer Science, or a related discipline. They will be highly motivated, with strong written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated proficiency in software development. They must be eager to work in and learn from multi-disciplinary and multi-organisation teams. They should have English language certification if English is not their first language, the requirement being: IELTS: 7.0+, TOEFL iBT: 100+, TOEFL pBT: 600+, CEF: C1+, or equivalent.

Application Procedure:
For further information and informal contact, please refer to the PhD topic details. Please directly contact the supervisor, Dr. Rob Brennan, via email including:

  • A targeted cover letter (600-1000 words) expressing your suitability for a position
  • A complete CV

    There will be an interview process, a successful candidate will then be invited to apply via the TCD graduate studies admission system.

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