Torres Quevedo Researcher

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Torres Quevedo Researcher

SIRIS Academic is preparing an application for the Torres Quevedo Program for the position of a researcher in the field of Natural Language Processing and Text Mining techniques  to participate in a R&D project for mapping societal needs to inform research & innovation policies.

Torres Quevedo is a R&D grant of the Spanish Government aimed at the recruitment of a post-doctoral researcher within an enterprise. The researcher will work on an applied research project in a topic of priority interest for the enterprise. The call will open on 26th of january 2021. The process includes a joint application done by the candidate and SIRIS Academic. The position is for an indefinite full-time position, co-funded for the first 3 years by the Spanish Ministry of Science. SIRIS Academic has already been awarded with 2 Torres Quevedo in the last 4 years (100% of success score).

Whom are we looking for

Based in Barcelona, you will work full-time in the quality of researcher. With a PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or a related quantitative research field, you are looking for the opportunity to bring your insights and methods to the world of analytics to support policy and strategy for Research & Innovation.

You want to have a strong positive impact on society and you enjoy discussing strategic issues and advising on policy and strategy. By leveraging quantitative methods, you are interested in using data to support our consulting activities (see: In particular you want to work on mapping societal needs within different textual sources and match them with science and innovation competences and resources. You want to support public administrations in taking more rational and responsible decisions as well as universities and research organizations to orient their research towards societal needs. 

From your academic or professional experience, you know the state-of-the-art of research in NLP and text mining (e.g., you are acquainted with classical NLP methods and/or the  latest developments in the field based on Transformer models). Skills in advanced quantitative methods / data science / programming (proficiency in Python, R or similar) will be necessary. 

Perfect working knowledge of English is required. 

Possible list of tasks

  • Performing data preparation and analysis as well as management of data sources on public policy (data retrieval from remote sources, data cleaning, alignment and statistics)
  • Designing and validating NLP algorithms for efficient information extraction, information retrieval, and text mining.
  • Work closely with a software engineering team to translate best-performing techniques into production
  • Designing papelines for the manual annotation of data sets (i.e., building ad-hoc training and test test for the developed algorithms)
  • Develop and devise state-of-the-art machine learning models, algorithms, and statistical models, while leading the collection of new data and the refinement of existing data sources.


CV and cover letter must be addressed to with “Researcher – January 2021” in the email subject line before January  20th.

Selection Process and Calendar

  1. January 20th: Deadline for applications
  2. January 20th to 27th of January: interviews will be realised.
  3. End of January: Final selection
  4. 15th of February: Submission of the Torres Quevedo application
  5. June 2021: results of the call are expected
  6. Autumn 2021: the contract will officially start

Context: who we are and what we do

What? We are a consulting firm. We work with decision makers in the public or non-profit sector, and provide them with insights, processes and tools, which challenge them to think and enable them to accomplish their mission better.

Our services can take many forms: a strategic or analytical report, a business intelligence tool, interactive data visualisations, a participatory workshop, a coaching session, the moderation of a discussion, a strategic recommendation, etc.

But if the form varies, the core is always the same: what matters to us is to help leaders and stakeholders make better, more informed and more accountable decisions for the benefit of society.

How? We approach problems as researchers would: questioning systematically, proposing models, looking for evidence. We never defend a position which we have not tested as deeply as we can. We provide decision-makers with the tools and arguments to take decisions but we also understand that their job involves political compromises and that the ideal decision is not always either possible or optimal.

Who? Born from research, our team of 27 people is a colourful mix, with specialities ranging from archaeology to physics, and philosophy to biology. Together, we represent 7 nationalities and speak many languages. Our team is held together by a strong ethical vision, based on the respect of the contribution of everyone, the belief in collective wisdom, and a deep curiosity.

Where? Based in Barcelona, we work mostly in Europe, with a strong base in Spain, France and Italy, and activities in the UK and Germany.

With whom? Our clients are leaders and managers in regional governments, ministries, universities and research organizations, not-for-profit foundations, etc.

In which sectors? Currently, most of our activity focuses on the sectors of higher education, science & innovation policy, regional development and social impact.

And…. why? Deep down, we want to make the world a better place by improving public policies. We are strong believers in the power of science-based evidence, participative approaches and accountability processes to improve the way public policies are designed and decisions taken, day after day.

What we expect from SIRIS team members







What you’ll encounter at SIRIS

Challenging job

Strong ethical values

Constant questioning

Freedom to explore

Diverse and interesting team

Rather flat organisation with limited hierarchy