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Postdoctoral researcher Conversational Search

The Informatics Institute (IvI) of the Faculty of Science is recruiting a Postdoctoral researcher Conversational Search. The postdoctoral position will be …

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Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2588 - € 4757 per maand


The Informatics Institute (IvI) of the Faculty of Science is recruiting a Postdoctoral researcher Conversational Search.

The postdoctoral position will be within the Information and Language Processing Systems (ILPS) group at the Informatics Institute. ILPS is led by Prof. Maarten de Rijke and also includes Prof. Evangelos Kanoulas, Dr Maarten Marx, and Dr Christof Monz as well as around 30 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Other groups doing related artificial intelligence research within IvI are AMLAB (led by Prof Max Welling), the Intelligent Sensory Information Systems (ISIS) group (led by Prof. Cees Snoek), and the Computer Vision (CV) group led by Prof. Theo Gevers.

Conversational information seeking is concerned with a task-oriented sequence of exchanges between one or more users and an information system. Development of conversational information seeking systems requires new research on a broad range of topics related to information elicitation, user modeling, precision-oriented search, exploratory search, generated information objects, description of retrieval results, session-based search, dialog systems capable of sustained multi-turn conversations, and evaluation. The postdoc that we are seeking will strengthen and complement existing research on conversational search within ILPS (on task-oriented search, diversity, machine learning for conversational search).


  • PhD in Computer Science, emphasizing information retrieval, language technology, deep learning;
  • strong publication record in top-tier international conferences and journals;
  • solid knowledge of programming and (deep) learning toolkits;
  • motivated and capable of working with PhD students.


The appointment of the postdoctoral research fellow will be full-time (38 hours a week) for two years.
The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2.588 up to a maximum of €4.757 (scale 10/11) based on a full-time appointment depending on qualifications, expertise and on the number of years of professional experience. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

There are also secondary benefits, such as 8% holiday allowance per year and the end of year allowance of 8.3%.

Among other things, we offer:

  • competitive pay and good benefits;
  • top-50 University worldwide;
  • extremely friendly, interactive and international working environment;
  • direct access to high-end computing facilities;
  • new building located near the city center (10 minutes by bicycle) of one of Europe’s most beautiful and lively cities.

English is the working language within the Informatics Institute. Moreover, since Amsterdam is a very international city where almost everybody speaks and understands English, you need not be afraid of the language barrier.

Additional information

You may send informal inquiries by email to:

You may only submit your application by electronic mail using this link.

We will accept applications until 14June 2018.

The committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered.

Please do not send or copy your application to Prof. Maarten de Rijke – it will get lost.

Your application should include a letter of motivation explaining why you are the right candidate, a curriculum vitae, a list of projects you have worked on (with brief descriptions of your contributions) and any supporting material. Please include the names of at least three references.

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