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Postdoc on the subject of machine learning in space physics

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Multiscale Dynamics research group for a talented Postdoc, on the subject of Machine Learning in Space Physics.

8 maanden geleden


Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 3560 - € 4339 per maand


The Multiscale Dynamics group at CWI is looking for a postdoc to work on machine learning for space physics. The 24 month postdoc position is part of the ESCAPE H2020 Project funded by the European Commission.

Multiple space missions as well as ground-based telescopes have recorded a vast amount of data (images, spectra, time series) on processes taking place in the solar corona, solar wind and Earth’s magnetosphere. However, most of this data is unlabeled. For the present position, the main aim is therefore to use unsupervised machine learning methods to learn more about the sun and the solar wind. There is quite some flexibility. You could for example work on unsupervised techniques such as clustering and anomaly detection for the solar wind, or to explore temporal correlations (and the mutual information) between different data sources. Another interesting project could be to set up machine learning benchmark(s) for forecasting solar indices.

The ESCAPE project is a large (16 M€) collaboration that aims to link next-generation research facilities (ESFRIs) with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Within ESCAPE, we will in particular collaborate with Dario Del Moro from University of Rome Tor Vergata. At CWI, you will interact with the Machine Learning for Space Weather team, which is pioneering several Artificial Intelligence approaches for Space Weather applications.


Candidates are required to have (or soon obtain) a PhD degree. They should have a strong background in at least one of the following areas: data science, machine learning, heliophysics (or related). Furthermore, candidates are expected to have the following competences:

  • Good interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively
  • Good academic writing and presentation skills (in English)
  • Basic software development skills


The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The gross monthly salary for an employee on a full time basis, depending on relevant work experience, ranges from € 3,560 to € 4,339. The appointment will be for a period of two years.

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.

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

Additional information

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Jannis Teunissen, jannis.teunissen@cwi.nl and/or Enrico Camporeale, e.camporeale@cwi.nl

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

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.