Research Associate- Limited Term (Ontology ) -13 Month Term

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Research Associate- Limited Term (Ontology ) -13 Month Term

Date Posted: 04/01/2021
Req ID:3609
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: Dept of Mechanical & Industrial Eng
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Enterprise Integration Lab ( at the University of Toronto is looking for a Research Associate to develop ontologies for Intelligent Asset Management. The research project focuses on the development of ontologies and AI reasoning to support reliability-centred asset management in the water and sanitation domain. The Research Associate, under the supervision of Prof. Mark Fox, will work with industry partners to develop and implement ontology-based solutions to support asset management activities.

The Research Associate Term position will be responsible for:

  • Developing formal ontologies for the representation of water system assets, include their components, system configuration, maintenance, failures, etc.
  • Developing Qualitative Simulations to predict the impact of failures in water systems based on water system ontologies
  • Developing models for predicting asset failures based on water system ontologies
  • Developing models for predicting asset maintenance based on water system ontologies
  • Writing research reports for publication in conferences and journals
  • Presenting research results at sponsor and conferences
  • Developing research proposals
  • Providing support to project affiliated students



  • A PhD in engineering or computer science


  • Over 3 years of experience in the design and development of applied ontologies (in OWL and/or First-Order Logic)
  • Knowledge of formal logics, specifically: First-Order and Description Logics
  • Experience working with Semantic Web technologies
  • Experience working with city and/or industrial data an asset
  • Experience with ontology design and application
  • Experience working with domain experts: writing reports and delivering presentations stakeholders with little to no knowledge of ontologies
  • A strong publication record in top-ranked ontology conferences and journals


  • Design and engineering of formal and applied ontologies
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral in English)
  • Ability to initiate, refine, and complete projects with minimal guidance
  • Well-developed interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills

Closing Date: 04/13/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 -- Research Associates (Limited Term): $45,491 - $85,295
Job Category: Engineering / Technical

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 7/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time