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PhD (4) and Postdoc (1) Positions in Machine Learning

Are you passionate about foundations and applications of machine learning? We are seeking four PhD candidates and one postdoctoral researcher for the recently …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2395 - € 4402 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

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Are you passionate about foundations and applications of machine learning? We are seeking four PhD candidates and one postdoctoral researcher for the recently established Mercury Machine Learning Lab (MMLL). In this lab, researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) will be working together with data scientists from Booking.com to develop the machine learning foundations for a new generation of recommendation systems. Motivated by real-world problems faced in industry, we will investigate fundamental problems regarding generalization and bias removal in data analysis.

As part of the MMLL initiative, the University of Amsterdam is inviting applications for the following four fully funded PhD positions:

In addition, we invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher to assist with the research and the supervision of the PhD students.

The MMLL initiative also involves three positions (2 PhD positions, 1 postdoc position) that will be supervised by researchers from the TU Delft. More details on the contents of the MMLL research projects are provided on the MMLL webpage.

What are you going to do?

As a PhD student, you will be expected to:

  • develop, study and apply machine learning techniques within the context of one of the four research projects, under supervision of the promotor and a data scientist from Booking.com;
  • complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration of four years;
  • publish research results in top-tier international journals and present at leading conferences;
  • collaborate with other MMLL researchers;
  • assist in relevant teaching activities.

As the post-doctoral researcher, you will be expected to:

  • assist with the research and the supervision of the PhD students;
  • publish research results in top-tier international journals and present at leading conferences;
  • collaborate with other MMLL researchers;
  • assist in relevant teaching activities.

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What do we require of you?

For all PhD positions, we require:

  • a Master's degree in artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, statistics, or closely related area;
  • a strong background in AI / machine learning / data science / modern statistics.

Experience with teaching is a plus.

  • for PhD position 1: a background in search and recommendation is a big plus.
  • for PhD positions 2 and 3: an interest in causality is a plus.
  • for PhD position 4: experience with NLP is a plus.

For the Postdoc Position, we require:

  • a PhD degree (or equivalent qualification) on a machine learning topic;
  • an exceptional scientific track record, documented by publications at first-tier journals and conferences;
  • a strong research background in (topics related to) domain adaptation;

For all positions, ideally, you:

  • have an appetite for understanding the ML problems relevant to Booking.com, and have the desire to perform in-depth analyses of rich datasets;
  • have excellent mathematical skills (in particular in probability theory, statistics, calculus, and linear algebra);
  • have excellent programming skills;
  • have strong communication, presentation and writing skills;
  • show commitment, perseverance and a cooperative attitude;
  • enjoy working in a multidisciplinary research environment;
  • are highly motivated and creative;
  • have an excellent command of English.

Conditions

Our offer

For the Postdoc Position: A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting in late 2021, for the duration of 12 months. After positive evaluation the contract will be extended with 36 months. The Job profile Researcher 4 is applicable.

For the PhD Positions: A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of four years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,402 gross per month for the postdoc position and €2,395 to €3,061 for the PhD positions, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

Additional information

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