Several PhD positions in Infrastructural and Regulatory Aspects of Data Logistics University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute Netherlands

Several PhD positions in Infrastructural and Regulatory Aspects of Data Logistics

Faculty of Science – Institute for Informatics


Publication date
19 December 2018

Level of education
Master's degree

Salary indication
€2,325 to €2,972 gross per month

Closing date
15 February 2019

38 hours per week

Vacancy number

The Systems and Networking (SNE) lab at the Informatics Institute (IvI) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), together with a number of academic and private partners, is running broad research programs with an overlapping interest in the conception and development of data sharing and logistics infrastructures. We are looking for several PhD candidates in Infrastructural and Regulatory Aspects of Data Logistics.


Project description


In a world of interconnected economic and institutional actors, the possibility of sharing information and establishing digital collaborations are crucial conditions for increasing agility and performance, lowering costs and reducing risk. Digital collaboration enables the creation of new services and products, leading to new business opportunities, and provides novel solutions for optimization challenges. For these reasons, SNE leads an overarching research project aiming to establish a technological infrastructure where sharing information among partners is easy and robust and can be set up in an ad-hoc fashion, for instance by enabling by design that agreements, data owners have full control over who has access to what data and are able to limit access to specific purposes, times and locations. The resulting infrastructure, named secure and trusted digital market-place(STDMP), aims to enhance existing facilities, maximize business value, comply with various legal requirements and agreements whilst allowing partner autonomy.


With the purpose of investigating the application of the STDMP concept in a variety of domains (health-care, logistics, financial services, etc.) in partnership with relevant private organizations, NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) and EU Horizon2020 are funding several four-to-five year projects to be conducted within the institute. In this frame, the SNE Lab invites applications for fully funded PhD positions in the area of trusted and secure data sharing architectures, aiming to investigate infrastructural and regulatory aspects, in support to the design and the automation of STDMP. For the large spectrum of topics, various student profiles are potentially relevant; candidates will be distributed according to their expertise to the available research topics.



The ideal candidate has:

  • a MSc in computer science, computer engineering, artificial intelligence or related fields;

  • fluency in oral and written English;

  • good presentation skills, for scientific and business audience;

  • strong programming skills;

  • capability to work with a team of researchers;

  • well-developed analytical skills, creativity, precision and perseverance.


And has expertise in at least one these sub-areas:

  • knowledge representation, logic, automated reasoning, normative reasoning;

  • agent-based modeling and simulation, multi-agent systems (MAS or NMAS), game-theory;

  • distributed systems, cloud and virtual infrastructures, network and computing security;

  • networking, SDN and data transfer protocols and architectures;

  • data analytics, statistics, machine learning


Further information

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

  • Giovanni Sileno



The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years. The appointment should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The PhD candidate is also expected to assist in teaching of bachelor and master students.


The gross monthly salary will range from €2,325 (first year) up to a maximum of €2,972 (last year) effective 1 February 2019. The salary is based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week). The total salary includes an additional 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus, under the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (Cao).


Among other things, we 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

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.


You may send in your application no later than 15 February 2019 using the link below. Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:

  • a cover letter, including a description of your research interests and an explanation for why you are applying for this position (at most two pages);

  • a detailed curriculum vitae (CV);

  • a list of all Master-level modules you have taken, with an official transcript of grades;

  • a link to a writing sample available online, such as a Master’s thesis, a term paper, or a publication (in case of joint authorship, please clearly indicate your own contribution);

  • the names, affiliations, and email addresses of two or (at most) three people we can contact for letters of reference for you.


Please quote vacancy number 18-780 in your cover letter.


As some of the projects embedding these positions have already started, applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.


The Committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered. #LI-DNP

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