PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics for Cognitive Devices (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Groningen, V23.0770

Job description

The implementation and design of cognitive devices holds significant promises for the future, in terms of energy efficiency and new computational approaches. At the same time, significant challenges remain.

In the project, we will develop new artificial intelligence methods aligning learning and reasoning for the design of cognitive devices.

The project builds on expertise at the Bernoulli institute of Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. The Artificial Intelligence department contributes theoretical and experimental research on the alignment of knowledge-based and data-driven methods in artificial intelligence. The Mathematics department is actively investigating the interpretation of data using innovative statistical methods (in particular Bayesian networks).

The objective of the four-year position is that the candidate acquires unique expertise in this research area and performs original and solid work that can lead to a number of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, which together will form the basis of a thesis leading to a PhD degree (Dr) at the University of Groningen.

The project is connected to a second PhD project on the implementation and design of cognitive devices, with a focus on material science.

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 34,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, a 4-years PhD position is available Bernoulli institute of Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. The project is part of the Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials Center (CogniGron). The candidate will work under the supervision of Prof Marco Grzegorczyk and Prof Bart Verheij.


The successful candidate should:

- have a keen interest in pursuing fundamental and interdisciplinary research at the interface of artificial intelligence and statistics for cognitive hardware design
- have a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant topic (artificial intelligence, mathematics, statistics)
- have good skills and/or strong interest in mathematics and programming.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you, following the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary of € 2,770 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,539 gross per month in the fourth and final year for a full-time working week
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
- a full-time position (1.0 FTE). The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.

Job Application

Application should include: - letter of motivation - CV (including contact information for at least two academic references) - transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degree. You can submit your application until January 15, 2024, 11:59pm Dutch local time (CET)) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applications received before January 15, 2024 will be given full consideration; however, the position will remain open until it is filled. The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Marco Grzegorczyk

Bart Verheij

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0770

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Bernoulli Institute CogniGron

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