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PhD candidate in Explainable AI

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    Maastricht University (UM)
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    10/05/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Maastricht


The position is embedded in the current Explainable and Reliable Artificial Intelligence (ERAI) group of DKE. The group consists of Associate & Assistant Professors, postdoctoral researchers, PhD candidates and master/bachelor students. The ERAI group works together closely on a day-to-day basis, to exchange knowledge, ideas, and research advancements. We conduct both fundamental and applied research, with a focus on explainable Artificial Intelligence.

The PhD candidate will also benefit from a strong industry and (both national and international) research network such as PIs involvement with a Marie-Curie European International Training Network on Interactive Natural Language Technology for Explainable Artificial Intelligence (NL4XAI https://nl4xai.eu/), where 11 other early stage researchers are working on explanations.

The full-time position is offered for a duration of four years, with yearly evaluations.

 The successful candidate is expected to:

  • perform scientific research in explainable AI as described above;
  • publish results at (international) conferences and in international journals;
  • collaborate with other group and faculty members;
  • assist with educational tasks (e.g., assist courses, supervise Master students and internships).

More Information


A PhD appointment lasts four years (first year + three years after receiving a positive evaluation), with yearly evaluations.

The salary will be set in PhD salary scale of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (€2.395 gross per month in first year to €3.061 in the fourth and final year). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance. The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. Non-Dutch applicants could be eligible for a favorable tax treatment (30% rule).

Selection process

Applicants are asked to prepare an application consisting of:

Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • A motivation letter (max. 2.5 pages in total) including the following:
  • A summary of major achievements;
  • Your research/programming experience;
  • A half-page summary of your master thesis (or bachelor thesis if you have not finished your master thesis yet);
  • A detailed curriculum vitae;
  • A course list of your Masters and Bachelor programs (including grades);
  • Results of a recent English language test, or other evidence of your English language capabilities;
  • Name and contact information of two references.

You can submit your application via AcademicTransfer.

Please note: Applications that are incomplete or exceed the page limit will not be considered in the selection procedure.

Applications received by May 10, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applicants may be called in for an interview. We intend to fill this position as soon as possible; the starting date for this position is August 1, 2021.

Informal inquiries concerning this position can be directed to:
Prof. Nava Tintarev, n.tintarev@maastrichtuniversity.nl

You can send your application to this e-mail: RecruitmentFSE@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, artificial intelligence, or equivalent;
  • Interest in learning user-centered evaluation methodologies;
  • Demonstrated (e.g. through publications, code, projects, etc.) interest and experience with the fields of explainable AI, and at least one of machine learning, recommender systems, argumentation, or computational measures of fairness.
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written);
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to collaborate in an international setting.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Maastricht University (UM)
6229 EN
Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 613812
Posting organisation offer ID: 298432


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