|Publication date||9 July 2020|
|Closing date||1 September 2020|
|Level of education||Master's degree|
|Hours||38 hours per week|
|Salary indication||€2,395 to €3,061 gross per month|
Why build AI systems that replace people if we can build AI systems that collaborate with people? Hybrid Intelligence is the combination of human and machine intelligence, expanding human intellect instead of replacing it. Our goal is to design Hybrid Intelligent systems, an approach to Artificial Intelligence that puts humans at the centre, changing the course of the ongoing AI revolution.
We are looking for a PhD student to design Hybrid Intelligent systems using Bayesian principles. Bayesian modeling is an appealing paradigm from which to build such systems. Firstly, priors allow existing information and human expertise to be given primacy in model specification. Secondly, Bayesian inference remains coherent in sequential, online environments. Lastly, maintaining a distribution over parameters allows the model to juggle multiple competing hypotheses of the data, thereby mitigating overfitting in small-data scenarios. Agents designed from these principles should be able to quickly adapt to new scenarios, possibly with the help of human guidance. Special attention will be given to applications in bioinformatics and healthcare. In such domains, learning with humans in-the-loop is crucial for leveraging expertise as well as ensuring the system’s safety and integrity.
This position is sponsored by the Hybrid Intelligence Centre, a collaboration of AI researchers from across the Netherlands. The position is also affiliated with the Amsterdam Machine Learning Lab at UvA and the ADA Research Group at Leiden University.
The Hybrid Intelligence Centre will be recruiting 15 PhD or postdoc positions in total. If you also want to be considered for one of the Hybrid Intelligence Centre’s other PhD positions, then upload your documents to the HIC Talentpool. Your information will then be shared among the researchers in the consortium.
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years) that should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.
The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.
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The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, 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.
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.
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 application by 1 September 2020. You can apply online by using the button below.
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Interviews will be held (likely virtually) in mid-September.
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