Postdoctoral position in Text Mining
University of Twente Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

Title Postdoctoral position in Text Mining
Employer University of Twente
Job location Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede
Published July 31, 2019
Application deadline September 6, 2019
Job types Postdoc
Fields Data Mining, Analysis, Child and Youth Studies, Machine Learning


Job description
We offer a one-year postdoctoral position funded by the SASS project "listening to data". The scope of the project is to build longitudinal models of online conversations between minors on the "kindertelefoon" forum, which is focused on helping children that are experiencing personal issues. Many of the minors we are looking at have suffered difficult or traumatic experiences and do not address these directly in their messages. The position focuses on discovering patterns in the children's posts over time, with the goals of (1) optimising the structure of the forum to support useful interaction, (2) recognising signs of underlying issues that are not mentioned explicitly and (3) tracking the emergence and waning of issues that children tend to face, in order to inform policymakers.


* Responsibilities
You will be responsible for modelling the contents of, relationships between, and evolution of messages posted by children on forums. You will collaborate with experts at the "kindertelefoon" organisation to inform and validate your work.


Your profile
You are ambitious and passionate about using technology to improve people's lives.

You have a Ph.D. in text mining, machine learning or a related field of expertise.
You have experience and interest in modelling social media posts or broader classes of textual data.
You have strong analytical and conceptual skills.
You are an open, creative thinker.
You have a strong interest in societal relevance.
You enjoy working as part of a team, but are capable of working independently as well.
Since the dataset we focus on is in Dutch, fluency in Dutch is a plus.
Information and application
For more information you can contact Dr. Gwenn Englebienne,
Applications, including a CV, a statement of your interest and vision, and contact information for two or more references, should be uploaded through the link below. The deadline for application is 6 September 2019.

Our offer
We offer a challenging fulltime postdoc position. The duration of the contract is 12 months.
The gross monthly salary will range from € 3.255,- to € 4.274,- and will depend on experience and qualifications.
An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
A solid pension scheme.
Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to accelerate your further professional and personal growth.
The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other extracurricular activities.

* The research team
The HMI group at the University of Twente is a vibrant group that does research on various forms of interaction, from brain-computer interfaces to social robots. It has a particularly strong expertise in research that combines technological and human or social aspects, including natural-language processing and dialogue systems.
The organization
The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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