Open 18-month postdoc position on ontology repository (agronomy) and ontology alignment in Montpellier, France

09 Oct 2017

Dear RDA community,
This postdoc position is still open.
Clement Jonquet
The 3 French Labex NUMEV,

/un-reseau-scientifique-de-premier-rang-mondial/labex-agro.html> AGRO and
CEMEB within the context of the AgroPortal
project ( which
builds an ontology repository for agronomy are offering a 1.5-year postdoc
position starting early 2018 in Montpellier, to work on agronomical
ontologies and their alignments as well as take part in the international
GACS initiative (
Standards vocabularies and ontologies are key elements to achieve data
interoperability. The AgroPortal project (
) develops and supports a reference ontology
repository for agronomy, plant sciences, biodiversity and nutrition. We have
already designed and implemented an advanced prototype offering
ontology-based services that hosts 64 ontologies or vocabularies including
some reference resources in the domain: Agrovoc, NAL thesaurus, Crop
Ontology, etc. One of the challenges when dealing with multiple ontologies
is to determine their overlap and align them.
We are offering a postdoc position to investigate and develop ontology
mapping capabilities for AgroPortal ontologies and participate into the
international Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS) project. With the
experience and technology developed with the YAM++ application (LIRMM's
ontology alignment matcher -
), we will make AgroPortal a state-of-the-art
platform for mapping extraction, generation, validation, evaluation, storage
and retrieval by adopting a complete semantic web and linked open data
approach and engaging the community for curation. We will first focus on the
ontologies of the Montpellier community (agronomy, food, biodiversity) and
then join the GACS project(integration of Agrovoc, NAL Thesaurus & CAB
Thesaurus) of the RDA AgriSemantics working group (
More detail here:
Please, consider transferring the job description in your labs and
Best regards
Dr. Clement JONQUET - PhD in Informatics - Assistant Professor
University of Montpellier
Coordinator of the SIFR and
AgroPortal projects
Visiting scholar, Stanford University (EU Marie Curie fellow)
@Montpellier : +33/4 67 14 97 43
@Stanford : +1 650 723 6725