2020-02901 - Research engineer position - Semantic indexing of scientific literature and associated search/visualization services

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Level of qualifications required : Graduate degree or equivalent

Other valued qualifications : PhD in computer science

Fonction : Temporary scientific engineer

Level of experience : Up to 3 years

About the research centre or Inria department

The Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée center counts 34 research teams as well as 8 support departments. The center's staff (about 500 people including 320 Inria employees) is made up of scientists of different nationalities (250 foreigners of 50 nationalities), engineers, technicians and administrative staff. 1/3 of the staff are civil servants, the others are contractual agents. The majority of the center’s research teams are located in Sophia Antipolis and Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes. Four teams are based in Montpellier and two teams are hosted in Bologna in Italy and Athens. The Center is a founding member of Université Côte d'Azur and partner of the I-site MUSE supported by the University of Montpellier


ISSA is a project funded by the Collex-Persée call for project, that involves three research institutes: Cirad, Inria and IMT Mines Alès

Due to start in Oct. 2020, the project aims to improve access to and interoperability of the resources made available by scientific and technical information services, while offering innovative services meant for documentalists and researchers in a multidisciplinary and open science mindset. It seeks the provisioning of a generic solution leveraging interoperable metadata extracted from documentary resources. In this context, the goals of this project are twofold:

  1. Allow automatic indexing of documentary resources with thematic and geographic keywords from terminological resources (in the Semantic Web format) suitable for each domain or community;
  2. Demonstrate the interest of this approach by developing innovative search and visualization services intended for users, capable of exploiting this semantic indexing.

Agritrop, Cirad's open publications archive (http://agritrop.cirad.fr), will serve as a use case and proof of concept throughout the project. The terminology resources will primarily be the Agrovoc thesaurus, Wikidata and GeoNames.


Assignments and Responsibilities:

The recruited person will have a structuring role and a transversal activity. He/she will be in charge of designing and setting up an automated pipeline for the semantic indexing of a large corpus of scientific literature. This pipeline will notably rely on tools from the Science-Miner company (Grobid, entity-fishing). The recruited person will also apply this pipeline to the concrete case of the Agritrop scientific archive that consists of scientific articles but also other types of documents like maps.

The recruited person will take part to the reflection on the terminological resources used in the project, and to the definition and development of tools meant to exploit the semantic index: advanced search interfaces, geographical visualisations, enriched document visualization. These activities will involve the co-supervision of master trainees.

The recruited person will join the Inria center of Sophia Antipolis (France) as a research engineer, and will be working closely with the Wimmics Inria team, as well as remotely with the other partners of the project.

Main activities

Main activities:

  • Study existing tools for the automatic extraction and disambiguation of named entities against a knowledge graph, in particular the tools of Science-Miner
  • Design and set up of an automated pipeline for the semantic indexing of scientific archive
  • Deploy the pipeline for Agritrop, Cirad's scientific archive
  • Engage in a reflection about the terminological resources used in the project
  • Write documentation and reports

 Additional activities:

  • Co-supervision of master trainees
  • Participate in user training
  • Present the work’ progress to partners

Benefits package

  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking (after 6 months of employment) and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training
  • Social security coverage


From 2632 euros gross monthly (according to degree and experience)