The Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam offers PhD or Postdoc position on Probabilistic Modeling in the Wild in the 2021/22 academic session.
Real-world environments are often noisy, ambiguous, evolving, and subject to contamination. In turn, deploying intelligent systems in these environments often requires a probabilistic approach. Quantifying uncertainty can help the system handle the ‘messiness’ of the real world. The Amsterdam Machine Learning Lab is looking for a PhD student or a postdoctoral researcher to study principled methods for deploying probabilistic models in the wild. Examples of avenues of research include (but are not limited to): how to incorporate prior knowledge and constraints, how to learn under dynamic computational limitations, how to ensure the system is robust to data shift, and how to efficiently incorporate human oversight. Such issues are of crucial importance when building probabilistic systems in practice. The solutions will require deep engagement with both statistical methodology (e.g. Bayesian modeling) and engineering practice (e.g. probabilistic programming).
What are you going to do?
- Invent and evaluate novel methodologies for probabilistic modeling under challenging settings;
- show that these methods are useful in realistic scenarios, for instance, in decision support systems for healthcare;
- present your research by contributing to international conferences, workshops, and journals;
- actively participate in the Amsterdam Machine Learning Lab and other local research communities;
- assist in teaching activities: teaching labs and tutorials or supervising bachelor, master, and for postdocs, PhD students;
- for PhD applicants: complete a PhD thesis within the duration of four years.
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Worth of Award
- For a PhD position:
The salary will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week.
- For a postdoc position:
The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,402 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week.
- The salary is exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
- A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.
- A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, or a closely related field;
- a thorough understanding of both information retrieval and machine learning;
- an interest in algorithm development and in their implications for people impacted by those algorithms;
- solid programming skills and experience in Python and machine learning frameworks;
- the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams;
- a good knowledge of English (written and spoken);
- knowledge of an European language other than English. This is not required but very helpful as they will be working with multiple European languages.
How to Apply
Applications in .pdf should include:
- a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications if applicable;
- a research statement describing your interests in the topic and potential avenues of research (i.e. an idea for an initial project);
- a complete record of your courses, including grades and an explanation of the grading system;
- the names and contact information of at least two academic references (please do not include reference letters);
- a link to / a copy of a written work product. Examples: thesis, research paper (working draft or pre-print is acceptable), course project, blog post;
- optional: A motivation letter providing any additional information not sufficiently highlighted by the other materials.
Deadline: Applications close on January 4, 2021.