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PhD student for Responsible Recommenders in the Public Library

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Human-Centered Data Analytics research group for a talented PhD student for Responsible …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
€ 2407 - € 2407 per maand


Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Human-Centered Data Analytics research group for a talented PhD student for Responsible Recommenders in the Public Library.

Job description
This research project, funded by the KB National Library of the Netherlands, explores the practical implementation of ethical AI principles in the context of book recommendations for public library users. The goal is to design, develop and evaluate recommender systems not only in terms of end-user satisfaction, but also in terms of public values and ethical principles, such as inclusiveness, transparency and privacy. The project is a collaboration between CWI, KB, VU Amsterdam and Delft University of Technology. The PhD student will be co-hosted at CWI and the KB, and will become part of the Cultural AI ICAI Lab.


Candidates are required to have a MSc degree in artificial intelligence, digital humanities, information sciences, data science, computer science, science and technology studies or comparable. Needed qualifications for candidates include:

  • affinity with cultural heritage and the public library sector
  • ability to collaborate within an interdisciplinary team and to present complex AI problems to the interested layman
  • excellent knowledge of the English language
  • knowledge of (or willingness to quickly learn) Dutch is not required but will considered an asset

Diversity code
CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavour to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage everyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or physical abilities.


The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The initial labour agreement will be for a period of 18 months. After a positive evaluation, the agreement will be extended by 30 months. The gross monthly salary, for a PhD student on a full time basis, is € 2,441 during the first year and increases to €3,128 over the four year period. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees.

Please visit our websites for more information about our terms of employment:
https://www.cwi.nl/jobs/terms-of-employment and

Additional information

All applications should include a detailed resume, motivation letter, list of your MSc courses and grades, copy of your Master's thesis and preferably a list of publications.
In addition, we welcome a description of maximum 200 words of what you would like to do in the project. The application deadline is September 4, 2021.

Application deadline:

For residents outside the EER-area, a Toefl English language test might be required.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Laura Hollink, email l.hollink@cwi.nl.

For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nl or watch our video about working at CWI