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Application deadline: 20th of August 2020


GATE institute “Big Data for Smart Society” is an autonomous research institute, established in 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria as a joint initiative between Sofia University Bulgaria, Chalmers University of Technology and Chalmers Industrial Technology, Sweden. Its mission is to accelerate the Big Data and Artificial Intelligence research, innovation and education in collaboration with government, industry and society as a whole.

GATE is focused on developing research capacity in 4 Data Science areas:

  • Big Data Management
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Big Data Insight
  • Software Engineering for Big Data and AI

GATE will provide an attractive and stimulating research environment, an advanced infrastructure, including 3 Open Innovation Labs (Citi Living Lab, Digital Twin Lab, Visualization Lab) and holistic platform, integrating Big Data, IoT and AI emerging technologies. GATE offers diverse opportunities for career growth, fosters research freedom and provides maximum support for personal initiative.

GATE will create value and will accelerate innovation excellence into following strategic application themes:

  • Future Cities
  • Intelligent Government
  • Smart Industry
  • Digital Health

With respect to its planned intensive development in 2020, GATE Institute is looking for talented resеarchers for the following positions:


Common responsibilities:

  • Conducts high-quality research in Big Data and AI;
  • Disseminates research findings, results and achievements within the research community, through publications and participation in academic conferences/journals;
  • Works with the Research Group Leader, to define new Master and PhD projects, helds interviews with candidates and co-supervise the students;
  • Understands application domain needs and devises possible solutions;
  • Plays a leading role in writing project proposals for internal and external research funding;
  • Builds effective collaborations with both GATE academic and industry partners at national and international level;
  • Engages in continuous professional development and keep up-to-date with latest Big Data and AI technology trends, is committed to professional development of his/her own career and acts as mentor for less experienced colleagues.


One or more of the following responsibilities:

  • Explores, proposes and validates new methodologies for engineering of Big Data and AI systems and Data Science projects;
  • Researches and develops Digital Twins and designs a Digital Twin platform for modeling, simulation and visualization;
  • Extends state-of-the-art standards and ontologies to cover GATE application themes and develop various data models of urban, transport, healthcare systems, etc.;
  • Proposes new solutions for storage and maintenance of Digital Twin models beyond the standard databases, dealing with various spatial and temporal scales of representations.


Skills, experience and qualifications:


  • A PhD Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Information systems, Informatics, Data Science, AI or related field or a Master’s Degree in the same areas plus a minimum of 7 years industry-based relevant research experience;
  • Research excellence evidenced via a portfolio of substantial contribution to the advancement of knowledge, research and development in any of following fields, Software Engineering, related to Big Data and AI, Semantic interoperability, Data enrichment, Digital Twin modelling and simulations;
  • Significant research co-operations and collaborations;
  • Publications as a lead author;
  • Experience in conducting independent research, in relation to novel and/or complex ideas, which advances the research agenda, demonstrating ability for identifying research problems, opportunities, appropriate methodologies and approaches;
  • Vision, ambition, and passion for research, and a strong publication track record in top conferences and journals in Data Science, AI, Computer Science and other relevant research fields;
  • Creative problem-solving skills to analyze and solve complex scientific and application domains problems;
  • Proven ability of building collaborative relationships internally, as well as at European and international level;
  • Experience in leading the execution of collaborative research projects in cooperation with colleagues and project partners and being capable of forming research consortia and ability to secure research funding;
  • A seasoned communicator able to present effectively the results and the broader implications and applications of their research to the research community and wider society;
  • Fluency in English is a must.


Experience with one or more of the following:

  • Experience in Software Process Improvement (SPI);
  • Experience in development of multidimensional simulation data models;
  • Experience working with confidential and sensitive data for research;
  • Experience with large scale databases and APIs for data acquisition, ingestion and modeling.


Our offer:

  • You will join and collaborate within a team of researchers, but will have the freedom to conduct research in any area within the scope and priorities of GATE, creating new visions for the future.
  • You will be provided with numerous opportunities for learning, knowledge exchange and career development, locally and internationally.
  • Your research will be supported by an advanced research infrastructure, comprising of the GATE platform and Open Innovation Labs.
  • You will have a flexible work schedule and, upon the move to the new premises of GATE – modern and appealing work environment, stirring up creativity and productivity.
  • You will be provided with competitive working conditions and salary commensurate with your skills and experience.


How to apply:

To apply for these positions, please send to career@gate-coe.eu:

  • A CV detailing previous employments and qualifications
  • A Personal letter of 1-2 pages where you:

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your past participation in research and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus.

  • Copies of diplomas for completed education.
  • Copies of other diplomas and certificates of qualification.
  • Copies of documents certifying past work experience in the relevant field.

By applying for these positions, you voluntarily provide your personal data and consent to be processed for the purpose of recruitment and selection of personnel. The processing of your personal data shall be carried out in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation), the Personal Data Protection Law and related legal acts in Bulgaria.


Stages of the contest:

  1. The Selection Committee reviews the documents, submitted by the candidates and selects those meeting the requirements of the job, as described in the job profile.
  2. Till 27.08.2020 online interviews will be held with the selected applicants.
  3. All interviewed candidates will be notified in writing. The successful candidate will be offered a labor contract.


For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Sylvia Ilieva, Director, GATE


e-mail: sylvia@fmi.uni-sofia.bg

tel.: 02/971 04 00