Internship on Human-Computer Interaction for Expert Finding

The Unit for Natural Language Processing at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI: of the National University of Ireland, Galway invites applications for an internship on Human-Computer Interaction for Expert Finding. Internships are aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students. The intern will work closely with an HCI researcher for a duration of 6 months and will be remunerated up to EUR 1200.

The work will be carried out in the context of the Saffron project
( – an ongoing research effort to build a state-of-the-art system enabling easy and meaningful exploration of scientific literature. The responsibilities of the successful applicant include (but are not limited to):

– Development: to develop a backend service enabling upload of new scientific publications to Saffron; to develop crawlers scraping structured information from the web; to develop other services supporting Saffron
– Research: to help conduct research aiming at understanding usability and user behaviour with Saffron

The ideal applicant will have strong skills in software development, database technologies (SQL), client-server architecture, crawling, web services, JSON. Experience with Perl, Web technologies (HTML/CSS/JavaScript (JQuery)), Linked Open Data, and HCI would be a plus.

DERI is a leading research institute in semantic technologies that offers a stimulating, dynamic and multi-cultural research environment, excellent ties to research-groups worldwide, close collaboration with industrial partners and up-to-date infrastructure and resources. The DERI Unit for Natural Language Processing ( has a focus on applied research in information extraction and semantic-level text mining.

Please send an expression of interest, CV, and preferably links to relevant previous work to Krystian Samp at:

krystian [dot] samp [at] deri [dot] org