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Postdoctoral researcher Information Theoretic Data Mining (1.0fte)

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1 maart 2022
22 maart 2022 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science,
is looking for a

postdoctoral researcher Information Theoretic Data Mining (1.0fte)

Vacancy number: 22-114

Because of our strong interest in the area of Information Theoretic Data Mining, we are opening a post-doctoral position for highly motivated and well-qualified young researchers to pursue their scientific career in this exciting discipline. The research is intended to focus on the development of novel theory and algorithms in the aforementioned research area, with applications in health care and engineering. The intended start date is September 2022 and funding is available for up to 3 years.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct original and novel research in the field of information theoretic data mining;
  • Publish scientific articles in international journals and conferences.

Selection Criteria

  • A PhD degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, or a related field;
  • Excellent knowledge of data mining, machine learning, and statistics;
  • Good knowledge of the minimum description length principle and its use for data mining;
  • Creative thinking and highly motivated to do foundational data mining research;
  • Good programming skills;
  • Excellent proficiency in English;
  • Positive recommendation letters.            

Research at our faculty

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline. The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. 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 https://www.science.leidenuniv.nl.

 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 1-year position, which may be extended to 3 years. Salary ranges from € 2846.- to € 4490.- gross per month for a full-time position as postdoc (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.

Work-life balance

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. We wish to reflect society both in age, gender and culture, as we believe that this would optimize the dynamics in our organization. Therefore, we support and understand the need for a work/life/family balance and consequent varying working hours and places. In the Netherlands, a maternity allowance is standard for 16 weeks. Child care is available at and near the Bio Science Park.


Enquiries can be made to Matthijs van Leeuwen (m.van.leeuwen@liacs.leidenuniv.nl).


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to jobs@liacs.leidenuniv.nl

. Please ensure that you attach the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Motivation letter;
  • PhD thesis;
  • Two to three recommendation letters.

Only applications received before 22 March 2022 can be considered.

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