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PhD Position in Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in artificial intelligence at University of Amsterdam. The funds for this fellowship are available for four years. Candidates are welcome before November 09, 2018.

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites applications for a PhD positionfor four years. The position ispart of AIRLab, the Artificial Intelligence for Retail Lab, a joint research lab between Ahold Delhaize and the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial intelligence, and in particular machine learning, has become a driving force behind many breakthroughs. Ahold Delhaize, a multinational retail organization, and the Innovation Center for AI (ICAI), which is headquartered at the University of Amsterdam, have started a joint research lab in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to join the best of academic and industrial research. The lab focuses on fundamental research in artificial intelligence for retail. The lab will host 17 PhD positions and research assistants. It is led by a director who is currently being. One of the perks of the program is an exchange program where each lab member will work on site at one of the Ahold Delhaize R&D sites.

We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to join AIRLab. As a PhD candidate you will perform cutting edge research in AIRLab in the field of AI, with a special focus mining multi-modal e-commerce queries. You will develop algorithms that support novel ways for users to search and interact with online platforms that are device specific (for example speech, or augmented reality), all the way from intent mining to recommendation.

Your position is primarily based at the Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam. You will spend 50% of your time in the R&D environments of Ahold Delhaize.

The appointment will be full-time (38 hours a week) for a period of four years (initial employment is 18 months). Periodic evaluations will be held after 9 and 14 months, and upon positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended to a total of 48 months. The appointment must lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan that includes attendance of courses, summer and/or winter schools, and national and international meetings will be drafted for the PhD candidate. The PhD candidate is also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduate students.

The salary is in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel. The salary will range from 2,266 (first year) up to a maximum of 2,897 (last year) before tax per month (scale P) based on a full-time appointment. There are also secondary benefits, such as 8% holiday allowance per year and the end of year allowance of 8.3%.The CollectiveLabour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Since Amsterdam is a very international city where almost everybody speaks and understands English, candidates need not be afraid of the language barrier.

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 only submit your application online using the link below.

We will accept applications until the positions are filled.

To process your application immediately, please quote the vacancy number: 18-605.

The committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered.

In the research statement (see below) you should clearly describe your research vision in relation to the topics that we described, as well as a clear statement which would be your direction of research.

You should also include the following information, in separate PDF files (not zipped), using surname, initials and a self-evident word as file names, e. g.


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