PhD position probability and statistics applied to forensic science
The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) of the University of Amsterdam invites you to apply for a PhD position in forensic statistics. We are …
- Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
- Vast contract
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 2325 - € 2972 per maand
The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) of the University of Amsterdam invites you to apply for a PhD position in forensic statistics. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated applicant with a good background in probability and statistics.
The project concerns the use of Bayesian networks (Directed Acyclic Graphs) for evidence evaluation at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). The PhD student will be positioned at both the NFI and the KdVI.
What are you going to do?
Suppose a fiber is found on a victim that matches the suspect’s sweater. Was the fiber transferred during the crime, or during some innocent activity? Such ‘activity level’ questions are currently being investigated by forensic experts.
The data gathering and evidential reasoning that is necessary to assess the strength of the evidence requires experimental design and probabilistic modelling. Bayesian networks are used to achieve a logical and transparent reasoning and for combining evidence (e.g. glass, DNA, digital evidence). However, there are many open questions concerning e.g. generalisation and robustness of these networks.
As a PhD student, you will work together with forensic experts of the NFI to promote solid evidential reasoning by developing probabilistic methods and their validation. For more details about the project and the position, see the extended project description.
What do we require?
- An MSc degree in probabilistic methods (mathematics, AI, statistics) or forensic science with a bachelor degree in probabilistic methods;
- interest in applied statistics/probability and in forensic science;
- good communication skills;
- some programming skills in e.g. R, matlab or Python;
- fluency in English and Dutch, both written and spoken.
Experience with Bayesian network software is a plus as is experience in teaching.
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and 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 will be €2,325 to €2,972 (scale P) gross per month, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). These amounts are 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.
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