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Postdoctoral Researcher, Explainable AI for Multi-Objective Optimization of Maintenance Schedules

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
20 February 2024
Closing date
22 March 2024 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) are looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher, Explainable AI for Multi-Objective Optimization of Maintenance Schedules

Join our exciting research project on Explainable AI for Predictive Maintenance as Postdoctoral Researcher and work together with our industrial partner to solve challenging real-world optimization problems.
As part of the Natural Computing group of LIACS, you will work together with highly skilled professors and PhD candidates in the fields of evolutionary and Bayesian single- and multi-objective optimization, machine learning and explainable artificial intelligence.
We are seeking a candidate with strong interests in explainable AI and multi-objective optimization.
In the XAIPre project you will work with time-series data from the largest crane vessels in the world. You will work in a team to solve challenging predictive maintenance and scheduling problems.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct original and novel research in the field of multi-objective optimization and explainable AI for predictive maintenance;
  • Publish and present scientific articles at international journals and conferences;
  • Collaborate with PhD candidates and other researchers in the Natural Computing group, and the intended users and stakeholders;
  • Assist with project management activities in the XAIPre project;
  • Assist in relevant teaching activities;

Selection Criteria

  • A PhD degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence or equivalent program.
  • Good programming skills in e.g. Python;
  • Solid experience with Explainable Machine Learning and/or multi-objective optimization;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;.
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, e.g., industry professionals, academic researchers.

Research at our faculty

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to contribute to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2.300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. For more information, see www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science and www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Institute in the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. We offer courses at the Bachelor and Master of Science level in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, ICT in Business, Media Technology, and Bioinformatics. According to an independent research visitation, we are one of the foremost computer science departments of the Netherlands. We strive for excellence in a caring institute, where excellence, fun, and diversity go hand in hand. We offer a clear and inviting career path to young and talented scientists with the ambition to grow. For more information about LIACS, see https://www.cs.leiden.edu

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time, 2-year PostDoc position, with a salary range from € 3.226, - to € 5.090, - gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

D&I statement
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to dr. Niki van Stein, n.van.stein@liacs.leidenuniv.nl
If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Anne-Marie Alleblas, email: jobs@liacs.leidenuniv.nl.


Please submit online your application via the blue button in the vacancy. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of publications;
  • Research Interests Statement (max 1 A4 page);
  • Two reference letters, including names, affiliation, telephone numbers, and email addresses, who have agreed to be contacted;

Only applications received before March 22, 2024 can be considered.

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