Phd Position in Representation Learning in the Context of Natural Language Understanding KU Leuven Informatics Section Belgium


The LIIR lab of the Human-Computer Interaction research group of the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven has an open PhD position in the frame of the ERC Advanced Grant CALCULUS.



We offer a fully funded four-year PhD position financed by the ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant CALCULUS “Commonsense and Anticipation enriched Learning of Continuous representations sUpporting Language UnderStanding” ( The position focuses on natural language understanding and more specifically the learning of the grounded meaning of language from various contexts in which language is used (e.g., physical, language and social context) using appropriate models of representation learning and using these in inference models for language understanding. The successful candidate will take part in innovative natural language understanding research. He or she will be given the opportunity for personal development beyond research, for example by contributing to teaching (e.g., at the undergraduate and graduate levels). 




  • You have (or are near completion of) a Master in Computer Science (or a related field) and have obtained excellent study results.
  • You have a motivated interest in fundamental research in language understanding and machine learning.
  • You are good at collaborating in a team.
  • You work proactively and independently and have good communication skills.
  • You have a very good knowledge of English, both spoken and written.
  • You are highly motivated, ambitious and result-oriented.


  • We offer a four-year PhD position starting in the summer of 2019.
  • We offer a competitive wage and yearly budget to attend conferences and for short research stays.
KU Leuven ranks among the top 50 universities in THE World University Rankings 2019. The alumni of the LIIR lab have obtained outstanding positions in academics and industry (see


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Marie-Francine Moens, tel.: +32 16 32 53 83, mail:


You can apply for this job no later than February 28, 2019 via the online application tool

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