PhD candidate or Postdoctoral researcher in Machine Learning & Deep Learning
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute

PhD candidate or Postdoctoral researcher in Machine Learning & Deep Learning


Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute


Publication date
30 November 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,222 to €4,757 gross per month
Closing date
1 January 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Informatics Institute of the Faculty of Science is one of the large research institutes with the faculty, with a focus on complex information systems divided in two broad themes: 'Computational Systems' and 'Intelligent Systems.' The institute has a prominent international standing and is active in a dynamic scientific area, with a strong innovative character and an extensive portfolio of externally funded projects.


World-class research groups directly involved in deep learning are AMLAB (machine learning led by Prof. M. Welling), ISIS (computer vision led by Prof. A. Smeulders), and ILPS (information retrieval led by Prof. M. de Rijke). Examples of industry funded research labs involved in deep learning are Qualcomm-UVA (QUVA) Lab (12 PhD candidates/Postdoctoral researchers), Bosch-UvA DELTA Lab (11 PhD candidates/Postdoctoral researchers) and SAP-UvA Lab (3 PhD candidates/Postdoctoral researchers).


Project description


The PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher will perform cutting edge research in AMLAB in the field of deep learning applied to medical imaging. The research topic is 'Transfer, Multitask & Multimodal Learning for Medical Data Sets' (e.g. how can we learn with multiple input modalities, how can we optimize multiple tasks simultaneously to improve data efficiency, how can we transfer representations between tasks, how can we use unlabeled data?). Data and use cases will be provided by Philips Research Netherlands.


Three more PhD researchers in deep learning for medical imaging have started, forming a research lab in deep learning for medical imaging. The candidate is expected to collaborate with (if a PhD student) or lead (if a postdoctoral researcher) this group. Collaborations with other research labs in medical imaging in the Netherlands are also in place.


PhD candidates or postdoctoral researchers funded by Philips are required to spend about half of their time at Philips Research in Eindhoven. We anticipate that during the first years of the PhD more time is spend at UvA while towards the end of the thesis more time is spend at Philips.


The postdoctoral researcher is expected to co-supervise the three PhD candidates already working on deep learning for medical imaging the Lab.



  • Master degree (for PhD candidate) or PhD degree (for postdoctoral researcher) in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Physics or related field;

  • excellent programming skills (the project is in Matlab, Python and C/C++);

  • solid mathematics foundations, especially statistics, calculus and linear algebra;

  • highly motivated;

  • fluent in English, both written and spoken;

  • proven experience with machine learning (Postdoctoral researcher);

  • leadership abilities (Postdoctoral researcher).


Further information

Informal inquiries on the positions can be sent by email to:

  • Max Welling



Preferred starting date is March 2018.


PhD candidate


The appointment for the PhD candidates will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The PhD student is also expected to assist in teaching of bachelor and master students. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,222 in the first year to €2,840 in the last year. There are also secondary benefits, such as 8% holiday allowance per year and the end of year allowance of 8.3%. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.


Postdoctoral researcher


The appointment of the postdoctoral researcher will be full-time (38 hours a week) for two years (initial employment is 12 months and after a positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended further with 12 months). 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 of 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%.


Some of the things we have to offer:

  • competitive pay and good benefits;

  • top-50 University worldwide;

  • one of the best Deep Learning Ecosystems in the World;

  • interactive, open-minded and a very international city;

  • excellent computing facilities.


English is the working language in the Informatics Institute. As in Amsterdam almost everybody speaks and understands English, candidates need not be afraid of the language barrier.


Job application


Applications may only be submitted by sending your application to To process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 17-603. Applications must include:

  • a motivation letter explaining why you are the right candidate;

  • curriculum vitae (max 3 pages);

  • a copy of your Master’s thesis or PhD thesis (when available);

  • a complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grades);

  • a list of projects you have worked on (with brief descriptions of your contributions, max 2 pages) and

  • the names and contact addresses of at least two academic references.


All these should be grouped in one PDF attachment.


NOTE: Please do not send or copy your application to the director (Prof. M. Welling).


The Committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered. Applications not mentioning vacancy number and the title of the position you are applying for in the subject-line will not be processed.


Applications will be accepted until 1 January 2018. #LI-DNP


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