Cloud and Data Governance Senior Researcher

The Digital Industry Center is one of the Centers of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK). It focuses its research on digital technologies for the various domains in industry (e.g., manufacturing, aerospace, railway, automotive, energy, agriculture, manufacturing) by creating applications for critical systems, adaptive and autonomous systems, advanced perception, diagnostics, quality control and prediction systems. Further research areas include precision farming, robotics, metrology, cultural heritage and geomatics.

The OpenIoT Research Unit focuses its research activities on gaining leading knowledge and supporting the design and creation of innovative, standard-based and interoperable IoT-based solutions. The unit’s main competences cover enabling technologies for the IoT and developing cutting-edge tools, infrastructural solutions and related reference architectural models, at the device, edge and cloud levels. By using cutting-edge AI-based methodologies, the final objective is to make these devices self-configurable, more autonomous and thus enduring. In particular, research activities focus on the following research topics: (1) Fog/Edge-based IoT services, platforms and infrastructures; (2) Edge analytics through adaptation of AI techniques to embedded devices; (3) IoT Decentralization through Blockchains. Such research and knowledge is complemented by hands-on competences in relevant application domains and novel use cases, such as precision agriculture and industrial IoT. 
More information about the OpenIoT Unit is available at

FBK actively seeks diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is also committed to promoting gender equality.  

Job Description

The OpenIoT Research Unit (RU)  is looking for a candidate to cover a multi-year position with a dynamic, highly motivated researcher in the field of Cloud Computing, Big Data and Data Platforms, with specific focus on Data Management, Governance and AI. He/She will act as  FBK principal investigator for the AgrifoodTEF EU project, a 60Meuro EU project coordinated by FBK that is part of the EU Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) and that will provide a European network of dedicated Testing and Experimenting Facilities to the Agri Food ecosystem to boost the further development of European AI, data and robotics solutions in agri-food sector and stimulate the uptake of AI powered solutions to maximize the impact on the agri-food’s competitiveness.

Main Tasks

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to AgrifoodTEF project activities in the following tasks:

  • contribute to the design and evolution of FBK data platforms supporting the creation of AI-based solutions in the agrifood domain;
  • support the design and creation of the agrifoodTEF Data Space, distributed across physical nodes and developed according to GAIA-X guidelines (interoperability, self-sovereignty; privacy-preserving data-sharing, compute-to-data, etc.);
  • support the design, setup and creation of regulatory sandboxes and environments for development, testing and validation of AI algorithms;
  • contribute to identification and creation of standards for the Agrifood Data Space. 
  • be part of the project Onboarding Committee, helping the Project Steering Group to select the AI solutions to be tested and validated based on their technological merits and their business potential. 

The candidate will start working for two years in Fondazione Bruno Kessler, with the possibility to extend the collaboration for all the duration of the EU project  (2023-2027). He/She will work in collaboration with other researchers of the OpenIoT Unit (part of the Digital Industry Center) as well as with EU partners involved in the agrifoodTEF project.

Job requirements

The Ideal Candidate should have: 

  • PhD in computer science, mathematics or electronic engineering or equivalent 3 years post-master research experience;
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in execution of research projects in the field of Cloud Computing, Big Data and Data Platforms (after PhD period);
  • Expert in Data Governance topics (open data, data management, data sharing, data spaces)
  • Ability to carry out an independent research program, in alignment with RU research agenda;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and deliver in research and/or industrial projects;
  • Accuracy, proactivity and goal orientation;
  • Oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Managed research projects (e.g., planning, reporting, and managing time/team/outside collaborators).
  • Experience in developing architectures for data services;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to respond professionally in all types of situations.

Furthermore, the following elements will be positively evaluated:

  • Knowledge of IDSA and GAIA-X initiatives and guiding principles;
  • knowledge of AI/ML workflows and ML/DL principles and methodologies.


Type of contract: fixed term contract

Working hours: full-time (38 hours per week)

Duration: 24 months (the contract may be extended up to 3 years)

Start date: January 2023

Gross annual salary: about 50.390 €

Benefits: flexi-time, company subsidized cafeteria or meal vouchers, internal car park, welcome office support for visa formalities, accommodation, social security (SANIFONDS), family-work balance, free training courses, support on bank account opening, discount on public transport, sport, language course fees. More info at  

Workplace: Povo, Trento (Italy)


Interested candidates are requested to submit their application by completing the online form ( Please make sure that your application contains the following attachments (in pdf format):

  • detailed CV;
  • cover letter indicating why the candidate is suitable for this position.

Application deadline: 11 December 2022

Please read our Regulations on the recruitment and selection of fixed-term personnel (effective from October 15, 2018) before completing your application.
For further information, please contact the Human Resources Services at

Business units
Centro Digital Industry; Centro Digital Industry/OpenIoT
Science and Technology Hub - Trento
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