Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Stage | Ontology Matching in the Labour Market domain using NLP and Hybrid AI techniques

About this position

Do you want to make impact on the labour market? Do you like a challenge in Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Engineering and Hybrid AI?

What will be your role?

TNO is convinced that matching on skills instead of diplomas is the way forward. With our team we contribute to this transition by developing solutions to capture and map knowledge models on occupations, skills and qualifications and to support semi-automatic evolution of such knowledge models based on the continuously changing context.

In your thesis, you will pick up one of the sub challenges described in this paper. You can work on the challenge itself with the dataset (https://gitlab.com/tno-os/dynamic-ontology-matching-challenge), or work with other data, such as the Dutch CompetentNL. The goal will be to map ontologies / skills / occupancies from one version or one ontology to another, in an as good as possible manner (which might involve interaction with a user).

During the internship, you will the project with other colleagues from the department. You will be expected to do literature research on the given topic and contribute your own ideas. You will then have to develop a certain proof-of-concept and do some experiments. Finally, you will be expected to document your findings in a report and then present it to your colleagues.

The internship will take place as a task within the knowledge representation and hybrid AI team of the department of Data Science. We offer graduation assignments (master thesis) of 6 to 9 months, preferably starting in or just after the summer of 2023 (earlier or later is discussable).

What we expect from you

We are looking for a student, who is interested in and has some experience with (this can be a course on the topic) the field of NLP, knowledge representation and hybrid AI. The student is able to program in Python and knows how to work with at least packages such as sklearn, transformers and spacy.

The student should be interested in research and enjoys tacking technically challenging problems. This student should be able to work unsupervised and have a structured approach to the given task. Furthermore, the student should be comfortable working in a team and be willing to learn more about the domain and the field.

You are following a Master's study in a relevant field, such as artificial intelligence, knowledge engineering, data science, etc.
You are currently studying within the Netherlands or other EU country and be willing to relocate to the Netherlands.
You have good communications skills in Dutch and/or English. (Dutch is preferred, but not obligatory).

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.