PhD studentship: Automatic Research Paper Assessment



ETIC at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, invites applications for a PhD studentship position that is associated with the María de Maeztu Units of Excellence Research Program of the Spanish Government  (www., and involves joint work of the research labs of profs. Horacio Saggion and Ricardo Baeza-Yates. This position will be funded under the FPI call to be launched by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.



In the context of our Maria de Maeztu (MdM) project " Mining the Knowledge of Scientific Publications" ( see at the PhD student will carry out a research project on the more focused area of automatic research assessment which concerns a number of interesting research questions including: 

- automatic research paper evaluation

- automatic research paper/author impact prediction

- automatic novelty evaluation

The phD will benefit from the resources developed during MdM project: availability of large scale open scientific repositories, natural language processing technology adapted to scientific text processing, document retrieval technology, etc. as well as the expertise of the MdM team members.


How to apply

you should send an email to horacio DOT saggion AT upf DOT edu  with the subject 'PhD studentship: Automatic Research Assessment'. Please attach your curriculum, contact information of 3 references and a summary of research accomplishments

The exact deadline for applications and conditions will be the ones set by this call, once launched,


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Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, is a public university located in Barcelona. It is the best Spanish university according to the London Times higher education index, 2011, and it's the number one Spanish university in number of ERC grants. The Department of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT, is the best in Computer Science in Spain, according to the Shanghai index 2009. The accreditation Units of Excellence Maria de Maeztu 2016-19 recognizes the units in Spain that perform cutting-edge research and are among the world's best in their respective areas. Only 3 university departments are accredited as such in Spain, and DTIC-UPF is the only one among technology and engineering. 


Application details

July 2016
August, 8th


Master degree with a solid background in Natural Language Processing is required

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

Research profile: first stage researcher (R1)
Experience with recent advances in Machine Learning
and Information Retrieval would be highly valuable.
Research field: computer science. Knowledge of statistical analysis
highly desirable

Language: proficient in spoken and written English


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