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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

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    26/08/2021 13:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Juan Manuel Fernández Luna from the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2021 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information about the 2020 call: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV, the 2021 call is not yet open).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6.000 staff. UGR offers a total of 89 degrees, 110 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes through its 123 departments and 27 centers. Consequently, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (http://sl.ugr.es/0bsW). The UGR is amongst the 201-300 first universities of the world, between 2nd-5th position of Spanish universities and number 1 in the Andalusian Region in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking. Specialties at UGR that stand out are Library & Information Science (position 32) and Food Science & Technology (position 36). Moreover, the UGR is also situated amongst the first 100 universities in Mining & Mineral Engineering between (76th-100th position), in Mathematics (between 76th-100th position) and in Hospitality & Tourism Management (between 76th-100th position). The edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research.

Additionally, the UGR has 8 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in Computer Sciences & Engineering (position 101-150). It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 43th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 118 projects with total funding around 29.115 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The candidate would be host at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence department at the University of Granada, although she/he will work very closely with members of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health from this university. More specifically, in the context of the AIRES initiative, the postdoc researcher will work in a wider and multidisciplinary environment, where the members present experience of joint working in multicenter projects. Members have an individually and collectively distinctive track record(s) in computer sciences, systematic review, study quality assessment, meta-analysis, evidence grading, public health, cardiometabolic research, and various forms of evidence synthesis including both randomized and real-world data.

More specifically, the research group from the Professor Fernández Luna is basically focused on the intelligent access field, more specifically in the areas of Information Retrieval and Recommender Systems, where they have been working for more that 20 years and published a wide range of papers in the main international journals and conferences. Machine Learning and Text Mining have been the main tools used to solve the problems faced in these areas.

Project description:

Published biomedical research needs to be synthesised for health practitioners. This currently takes too long to contemporaneously enhance health care quality because the methods of evidence synthesis that bring together published studies to underpin guidance for practice have well recognised, serious delays taking on average 5 staff members over 12 months to complete a review. We postulate that artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in evidence synthesis, improving the timeliness of guidelines. The objective of this project is, using beyond state-of-the-art methodology, develop an integrated system using modern AI technologies to support the complete process of systematic reviews. We will validate the performance the AI-based system quantifying its accuracy, precision, heterogeneity, bias and generalizability compared to a standard meta-analysis. We wish to form an international consortium of well-established researchers with individually distinctive track records in computer science, systematic review, study quality assessment, meta-analysis, evidence grading, public health, cardiometabolic research, and various forms of evidence synthesis including both randomized and real-world data. We will collaborate as a multidisciplinary team involving relevant stakeholders. This will allow the delivery of a much-needed, exciting, ground breaking, high-quality and impactful project. Our output will help accelerate the process of meta-analyses, evidence synthesis and transfer of research into guidelines for improving the quality of health care.

The postdoc researcher should be an expert Artificial Intelligencein AI techniques, . More specifically in information retrieval and text mining. She/he will be in charge of proposing solutions and evaluating them for the automation of systematic reviews.

Research Area:

  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)
  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Juan Manuel Fernández Luna (jmfluna@decsai.ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)



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