Postdoctoral Position in Computer Science
VU University of Amsterdam Department of Computer Science
Netherlands

The Discovery Lab ( https://discoverylab.ai ) is a joint lab between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and Elsevier. Our goal is to drive scientific discovery using machine intelligence, and support scientists with intelligent tooling.

Location: AMSTERDAM

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

Are you interested in artificial intelligence? Are you looking forward to working at the bleeding edge of the field and combining different technologies? Not afraid of working with a mix of structured and unstructured data?  

We are looking for a PostDoc researcher to work with us in one of the following domains, or a combination of any of these:

  • Neuro-symbolic AI
  • Explainable Machine Learning
  • Bayesian Networks, Probabilistic logics
  • Graph Generative models

Your colleagues in the Discovery Lab are working on Knowledge Graph construction through link prediction and text understanding, Reinforcement learning over structured multi‐modal information, Task‐Based Question Answering, Hypothesis Generation, Knowledge‐driven query construction.  

Requirements

We are looking for postdoc candidates with a PhD in;

  • Computer Science
  • AI
  • Computational Linguistics or other related topics
  • with track record in any of the above areas or their overlap

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,790 (scale 10) and a maximum €4,402 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 2 years, with the possibility of extension of up to 4 year in total.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the department, institute, project

The VU Department of Computer Science has approximately 170 staff members, including 35 tenured staff and 40-50 PhD students. Lecturers form a critical and essential basis for the functioning of the department, providing foundational education that helps determine the future of our students.

Our research and our students are diverse, covering disciplines such as Social sciences, Humanities, Economics, and Bioinformatics. Currently, we offer programs in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Information Sciences (BSc and MSc), and Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (MSc), with a total of around 1000 new students each year.

Application

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until January 31, 2021.

Among equal candidates we will give preference to female candidates

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Michael Cochez
Position: Assistant Professor
E-mail: m.cochez@vu.nl

Relocation support

If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name: Wytske Siegersma
Position: Relocation Advisor
E-mail: relocations@vu.nl
Telephone:  +31 (20) 59 85037

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