Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Call for the selection of the director of the FBK Research center in Digital Society

2024-07-31 (Europe/Rome)
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Art. 1 Premise

The Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) - - is a non-profit, public research institute, recognized for the quality of its research in science, technology, and social and human sciences as well as for its high economic and social impact. FBK is renowned for its focus on interdisciplinarity and complexity, and it is organized in various research centers.

The goals pursued by the Fondazione Bruno Kessler can be summarized as follows: broadening the horizon of its research and social responsibility, enhancing the integration of its research and innovation activities, increasing its appeal especially to young researchers, working towards a new generational and gender balance, and shifting the skills of scientific management towards a "people-oriented" managerial approach. 

With its 3,500 square meters of laboratories and scientific infrastructures and a community of over 450 researchers, 140 doctoral students, 200 visiting fellows and thesis students, 700 affiliates and accredited students, Fondazione Bruno Kessler acts as a scientific and technological hub, its premises and platforms hosting a lively ecosystem of co-located ventures, spin-offs, projects and training opportunities.

Art. 2 Context 

Over the course of nearly four decades, FBK has consistently maintained a leading position in the global landscape of AI research, encompassing areas such as Machine Learning, Automated Reasoning, Natural Language Processing, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Vision, Speech Recognition, and Automated Planning. Furthermore, FBK is actively involved in implementing AI systems and technologies through numerous go-to-market projects across domains such as Health and Well-being, Digital Society, Digital Industry, and Digital Agriculture. These initiatives entail the development of AI-based applications benefiting tens of thousands of citizens. 

Currently the Fondazione Bruno Kessler is updating its organizational and operational model. 

The assumptions of this renewal correspond to the challenges raised by climate change, demographic dynamics, and increasingly pervasive digitalization.

In response to these challenges, the Fondazione Bruno Kessler is strengthening its interdisciplinary vocation, its international connections, and its capacity to achieve economic-social impact.

Art. 3 Goals

Within this context, the vision of the Digital Society Center of FBK is one of a world where digital technologies serve as catalysts for positive societal change; a world where information and communication technologies empower individuals and communities, promoting inclusion and resilience in the face of challenges.

The challenge facing the new operating model includes investment in qualities of strategic vision, bolstering scientific know-how, reinforcing management skills, as well as building up a culture of inclusion and harnessing of diversity.

Art. 4 Job features

The Digital Society Research Center of FBK is committed to comprehensively exploring, understanding, and shaping the intricate interplay between Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the fabric of human society. 

In particular, considering the wide extent of the domain, the mission of the Digital Society Center will be to conduct pioneering research focused on two crucial areas where ICT can have a profound impact on contemporary society: 

  • Digital Twins for Human Society – dynamic and holistic simulations of the world that enable people to better understand, predict, and proactively address the multifaceted challenges facing them. 

  • New Media and Education for a Resilient Society - exploring the dynamics of new media and developing advanced digital solutions in order to innovate education and learning for a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient society.

The Digital Society Research Center will comprise FBK research groups working in Motivational systems and Behavioral change, Distributed and embedded intelligence, Remote sensing & Environmental monitoring, Data governance and valorization, Digital humanities, Modeling of individual and collective human behavior, Analysis and simulation of urban and social systems. The Center will benefit from the experience and scientific excellence of approximately 75 researchers and developers, including senior researchers, emerging talents, and doctoral students affiliated with these FBK research groups.

Art 5. Position and Requirements

FBK is seeking a Director for the Research Center in Digital Society. The Director shall perform a role of scientific and managerial leadership, in a high-value-added teamwork context. We therefore invite applications from scientists with a strong and recognized scientific reputation, as well as a strategic vision. Candidates should possess managerial qualifications, proven international experience, and an established network of relations within their respective domain communities.

Art. 6 applications

Applications for the position of Director will be received until 31 July 2024 (12 p.m. GMT+2) on in the form of a Curriculum Vitae (including relevant publications, R&D products, the candidate’s scientific and managerial experience; and his/her relational network in the relevant community) and a Motivation Letter (1 page). 

Until the closing date for submissions, candidates may arrange a personal meeting with the Secretary General Staff in order to acquaint themselves with the Foundation and its research and study areas.

Art. 7 terms of engagement

The position of Director is a three-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three-year term. 

FBK reserves the right to assess the contractual arrangement, in terms of both working time devoted to the appointment and compensation, that best suits the profile to be identified.

Provided there is no conflict of interest, a Director may hold other outside engagements.

Art. 8 selection process

Applications conforming with the above requirements will be assessed by the Evaluating Commission appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors of Administration.

The Evaluating Commission will be composed of experts of proven scientific experience and representatives of governance.

In compliance with the Foundation’s Gender Equality Plan, the Evaluation Committee will be equally composed of both genders.

The Evaluating Commission’s assessment will be comprised of separate scores for: 1) the written application; 2) the publications and/or products of research and innovation 3) any formerly held scientific and/or management posts; 4) the relationship networks in the scientific communities related to the areas of reference; 5) a final interview (only for short-listed candidates).

After examining the various assessment scores, the Evaluating Commission will interview a short-list of the best-placed candidates.

In full respect of the data regulation policy, candidates admitted to the final interview will first be offered a personality test/assessment aimed at measuring their professional performance for the role sought.

The presentation of the candidates before the final interview may be followed in streaming by the Foundation’s personnel.

The final breakdown of assessment scores and a report on the procedure will be submitted to the Board of Administration who will make the final decision.


Prof. Ferruccio Resta

Trento, 13 June 2024

Please read the “Guidelines for selection of Directors” before completing your application.

To request information, a preliminary interview or if you need technical support with your application,  please contact the following e-mail address:

Dettagli del lavoro

Call for the selection of the director of the FBK Research center in Digital Society
Datore di lavoro
Via S. Croce, 77 Trento, Italia
Scadenza candidatura
2024-07-31 23:59 (Europe/Rome)
2024-07-31 23:59 (CET)
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