Post-Doc Position in Applied Ontology at CNR-Trento

30 months full-time postdoc position in Applied Ontology, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, Trento

“Ontological analysis and modelling of the notions of bias and risk and notions correlated to them” 

Public selection procedure, based on qualifications and an interview, for the assignment of 1 postdoc position for conducting research related to the Scientific Areas “Industrial and information engineering”, “Mathematics and informatics” and “Philosophy” at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, Trento, in the scope of the research program “BRIO – BIAS, RISK, OPACITY in AI: design, verification and development of Trustworthy AI”, in the following topic: “conceptual analysis and development of a formal ontology of the legal and normative notions of explainability, explicability, traceability, reliability, discrimination, trust”, under the scientific responsibility of dr. Roberta Ferrario.


The postdoc will work with the LOA research team and in particular with Roberta Ferrario and Gianluca Fasano, along two main lines:

– ontological, conceptual and normative analysis of the notions connected to various aspects of trustworthy AI and possible obstacle to trustworthiness;

– modeling of the properties and relations resulting from the previous analysis and their representation in a formal ontology

The postdoc activities include:

– research in the above mentioned lines of research

– interaction with other units of the project (especially UNIGE and POLIMI)

– present research results at national and International venues

– publish research results in International journals

– support the organization of scientific events related to the project.



To the selection may apply individuals who, whatever their nationality or age, are in possession of the following requirements at the date of expiry of the deadline for submission of applications:

– Master in a subject related with the call, with a professional curriculum suitable for carrying out research activities;

– Phd in a program of at least three years in Computer Science or Information Science or Engineering or Mathematics or Physics or Philosophy or Communication Science in addition to two years of scientific-professional experience, also documented by scientific publications;

– Experience in the field of the subject of the call;- 

Research experience on the use of ontology to model data and information;- 

Knowledge of logical languages like, e.g., OWL and first order logic;

– Experience in writing scientific papers;


The deadline for applications is on the 14th of November 2022 (late applications will not be taken into consideration)

Please follow very carefully the instructions contained in the call. 

The official call (in Italian) may  be found here:

And here you may find a translation of the call in English:


Deadline 14.11.2022

Interviews 21.11.2022, starting at 14:00