PhD candidate in Big Data Management and Science University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute Netherlands

PhD candidate in Big Data Management and Science

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 University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest university in the Netherlands and a core member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Embedded within the Faculty of Science at the UvA are several e-Science development and application groups, which benefit from its central position in Science Park Amsterdam. The Systems and Networking (SNE) lab is a research lab at the Informatics Institute and chaired by Prof. Cees de Laat. The SNE lab conducts research on leading-edge computer systems of all scales, ranging from global-scale systems and networks to embedded devices. Across these multiple scales, our particular interest is on extra-functional properties of systems, such as performance, programmability, productivity, security, trust, sustainability and, last but not least, the societal impact of emerging systems-related technologies.


Project description

We are looking for a PhD candidate who wishes to develop expertise in big data management and cloud computing. You will investigate new approaches and techniques for building infrastructure-aware big data computing and knowledge extraction systems in Cloud, making use of advances in data fusion, log mining, machine learning, knowledge discovery, and optimization techniques that can support efficient data analysis and processing across multiple heterogeneous infrastructures. The use cases driving the research will be drawn from two recently funded EU H2020 projects.



As our PhD candidate you should:

  • have a Master of science degree in computer science (or other relevant disciplines);

  • be fluent in English;

  • have experience in data sciences, cloud computing and software programming (using Java, Python or other languages).


Candidates who have a background in data analytics, machine learning, graph theory and/or semantic web technologies  (e.g. regarding ontologies and semantic reasoning) are preferred.


Further information

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

  • Dr Zhiming Zhao



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 18-779 in your cover letter.


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

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