Doctoral scholarship holder Data Science

Antwerp, Flanders, be
Company: University of Antwerp
Category: Computer and Mathematical Occupations
Published on 2021-06-17 14:04:34

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The Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Sciences is looking for a full-time doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Data Science


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of Recommender systems. Recommendation systems are systems that recommend items to a user based on the user's profile (interests, preferences, recent click-behavior, … ). They predict whatever might appeal to the user. Almost all major online web stores and streaming services have such a system to guide their users through the ever-expanding set of products / films / music /… that they offer. Interesting research directions in this regard are not only making new ways of making recommendations, but also, for example, to investigate on what basis recommendations have been made (explainability) or how we can prevent undesirable social effects (e.g. polarization) from occurring recommendations that are made.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for M.Sc. Data Science
  • Profile

  • You hold a Master degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or Engineering science or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of one year. After a possible evaluation we guide the student towards obtaining their own doctoral grant.
  • The planned start date is September 2021 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Middelheim in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.
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