PhD in Data Management and Systems for Machine Learning

Amsterdam (Stad), Noord-Holland (NL)
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

PhD position in Data Management and Systems for Machine Learning
Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute

PhD position in Data Management and Systems for Machine Learning

Publication date    17 March 2020
Closing date    14 April 2020
Level of education    Master's degree
Hours    38 hours per week
Salary indication    €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
Vacancy number    20-195

The AI for Retail Lab (AIR) at the University of Amsterdam’s Informatics Institute is seeking a PhD candidate in the emerging area of data management and systems for machine learning. 

Our lab offers a unique setup: PhD candidates can conduct academic research at the university, and evaluate their ideas on real world data and systems at the same time, in collaboration with our industry partner Ahold Delhaize and its brands (i.e.,, Albert Heijn).

What are you going to do?
We are looking for a PhD candidate who is eager to design, implement and evaluate data validation techniques to make large-scale ML applications more robust and reliable. Your research will focus on complex ML applications, which include data integration and data preprocessing pipelines. The goal of your research will be to make future systems automatically detect potential data errors early, and warn the operating users accordingly. You will provide efficient and scalable implementations of your methods, and integrate them with popular open source systems.

What do we require?
We require:

  • a Master’s degree in computer science (or a related field);
  • a creative and independent mindset;
  • fluency in English;
  • strong programming skills in Python and one additional language (e.g., Java, Scala, C/C++ or Rust);
  • interest in the internals of dataflow systems (Spark, Hadoop, Flink, Timely Dataflow, ...) and relational databases;
  • basic understanding of Machine Learning.

Not required, but helpful are:

first-hand experience with real world data processing systems and/or ML deployments (e.g., from internships, jobs or entrepreneurial experience);
contributions to open source projects.

Our offer
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting on 1 May 2020 for the duration of four years which should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). The initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after a satisfactory evaluation the contract will be extended for 30 months. You will get a customized training and supervision plan, that will be evaluated every year.

The salary will be €2,325 to €2,972 (scale P) gross per month, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

About the Informatics Institute

The mission of the Informatics Institute is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Please contact:

Sebastian Schelter, assistant professor

Job application
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Informatics Institute strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 14 April 2020. You can apply online by using the link below.

Applications should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV;
  • a list of publications (e.g., the master thesis);
  • examples of code written by the applicant (e.g., by providing a link to a github repository).


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