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PhD position in Algorithmics

PhD position on the intersection of combinatorial optimisation and machine learning to deliver novel trustworthy, safe, and explainable machine learning algorithms.

9 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


Challenge: Safe, explainable, and trustable machine learning
Change: Replace machine learning heuristics with rigorous and verifiable optimisation methods
Impact: Machine learning algorithms that can trusted with important decision-making in society

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to work on the intersection of combinatorial optimisation and machine learning to deliver novel trustworthy, safe, and explainable learning algorithms. Machine learning has seen tremendous progress in the past decades. When deploying in practice, however, guaranteeing that machine learning algorithms can be trusted to maximise the desired utility is still a challenging problem. For example, we must ensure the algorithms do not implicitly discriminate based on race or gender, but this unfortunately is not readily available with conventional methods. The PhD student will contribute towards trustworthy machine learning by developing innovative techniques based on ideas typically associated with the field of combinatorial optimisation or other approaches proposed by the candidate. The resulting algorithms are foreseen to be applied to a variety of application domains, e.g., bioinformatics, automated controller design, and data-driven policy making.


Perform scientific research in the area of combinatorial optimisation and machine learning

Implement and evaluate research prototypes

Write and publish scientific reports at international venues, e.g., conferences and journals

Present results at international conferences

Collaborate with domain experts

Participate in activities of the research group

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Emir Demirović and Dr Mathijs de Weerdt from the Algorithmics research group at TU Delft.


Key requirements:

MSc degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics, or a closely related field

Excellent algorithmic and programming skills

Excellent command of English, both written and spoken

Excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork spirit

Desirable skills:

Knowledge of statistics or machine learning

Knowledge of combinatorial optimisation, e.g., operations research, constraint programming, Satisfiability solving, discrete mathematics

Programming in C/C++


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

The PhD student will an employee of TU Delft and will accordingly receive social security, e.g., health insurance, contribute to pensions funds, paid leave, etc.

Non-EU citizens are welcome to apply and TU Delft will arrange necessary work permits.

TU Delft is committed to diversity and inclusion in its work place and invites individuals to apply regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability, and background.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy and the selection procedure, please contact Dr Emir Demirović, Assistant Professor, email: e.demirovic@tudelft.nl.