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PhD candidate in Machine Learning Theory

Leiden University, the Mathematical Institute of the Faculty of Science is looking for a PhD candidate in Machine Learning Theory (1.0 FTE)

10 maanden geleden


Niels Bohrweg, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 38 uur


The statistics group in the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University invites applicants for a PhD position in theoretical machine learning. You will design and mathematically analyze new online machine learning algorithms that can automatically adapt themselves to multiple different types of data. Such online algorithms process data sequentially, one data point at a time, and play a key role in machine learning for very large data sets, for instance the training of deep neural networks. Additionally, all PhD students are expected to spend a small part of their time to contribute to teaching.

The position is funded by Van Erven’s NWO VIDI grant, which includes a generous budget for personal development. You can further expect close supervision to help you produce, publish and present top-level research at foremost international machine learning conferences or in journals.


  • An MSc degree in mathematics/statistics/AI or related area;
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher, who likes to work in an internationally oriented environment;
  • Excellent grades and a good reference letter;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Good programming skills are considered an advantage.


We offer a full-time, 4-year term position. The appointment will initially be for one year, followed by an extension for three more years. Salary range from €2.325,- to €2.972,- gross per month, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %) and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions.

Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. In addition, you will be embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School, which offers PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness.

Additional information

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Tim van Erven, email: t.a.l.van.erven@math.leidenuniv.nl. Feel free to make informal inquiries first before making a formal application.