PhD position on Knowledge Construction in Food Logistics


Last application date: continuously hiring, ideally before September 30, 2021

Starting date: asap

Degree: Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Informatics, ICT or related field

Occupancy rate: 100%

Vacancy type: Research staff

Employment: 4 years temporary with yearly progress evaluation


We especially encourage applications by candidates from diverse groups; all are welcome in our team.

Job description

More than a decade of Big Data thinking has shown that there are no technological limits to how much data we can store in one place. Simultaneously, it has uncovered all the economical, societal, and ethical limitations inherent to such unprecedented centralization of data. Nevertheless, if different companies with different heterogeneous data sets have to work together and share some of their data to come to an optimal E2E solution, a centralised approach is by default sub-optimal. Better to make (part) of your (meta)data semantically openly discoverable & consumable via the Linked Open Data paradigm. To do so, you will further research and develop our RML Tool Suite within the scope of an E2E Logistics Project together with some leading industrial Flemish partners.

Are you passionate about the Web and interested in working on decentralized knowledge graph technologies? Join our team to work on the next phase of the Web! Under the supervision of a.o. prof. Erik Mannens, expert in Semantic Intelligence and Ethical AI, you can contribute to the fusion of Top-Down Semantics and Bottom-Up Machine Learning by tackling some of the most pressing challenges, such as interoperability and scalability of heterogeneous data sets.

Read more about our work on Knowledge Construction here:

Your profile

  • Degree: Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Informatics, ICT or related field
  • Advanced programming skills in at least 1 major programming language
  • Passionate about Web technology
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written
  • Self-directed and able to perform independent work
  • Enthusiastic about working in a research environment

The Knowledge on Web-Scale team at Ghent University – imec

The Knowledge on Web-Scale team at Ghent University – imec is renowned for its creative research on Knowledge Graphs on the Web. We apply these techniques on open data, shared data, and personal data in a wide range of application domains such as mobility, digital heritage, scholarly communication, sensor data, governmental base registries, building data, e-health, and logistics.

Our team is part of IDLab within Ghent University, a top-100 university worldwide, located in the heart of Belgium. IDLab is a core research group of imec, a world-leading research and innovation hub in digital technologies and nanoelectronics. IDLab employs over 300 researchers working on fundamental and applied research on data science and internet technology.

Our offer

You receive the opportunity to perform full-time research in a highly international and friendly working environment, with a competitive salary. Grounded in fundamental academic research, as a PhD candidate you will also participate in collaborative research with industrial and academic partners in Flanders and on a wider geographic scale in new and ongoing projects. You will publish your research results at major international conferences and in journal papers.



Send your application by email or any questions concerning this vacancy to and indicating “Job Application: Knowledge Construction in Food Logistics” in the subject.


Applications should include

(1) an academic/professional resume,

(2) a personal motivation letter, and

(3) transcripts of study results


After screening, selected candidates will be invited for an online interview as a first contact in a multi-stage selection process.