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Research assistant in Machine Intelligence and Human-Machine Interaction

The Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, is looking for an excellent research assistant in the areas of Machine Intelligence and Human-Machine Interaction.

The applications will be in the challenging and cutting edge fields of human-robot interaction, emotion recognition and human activity understanding using sensors and cameras. The position is embedded in the Robots, Agents and Interaction group of DKE. The full-time position is offered from September 1st  2017 (or as soon as possible after that) until the end of 2018.

The successful applicant will assist in research and technology integration and will gain significant experience in multidisciplinary European research projects. To that aim, she/he will work with other UM researchers, as well as research and industrial partners across Europe towards the development of intelligent, smart, interactive, personalized interfaces and applications aimed to be used for educational and e-health purposes.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Excellent programming skills in Python
  2. Good command in web development using Flask (or willingness to familiarize)
  3. Understanding of Linux command line environment
  4. Have (or should be close to completing) a Master’s degree in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, or a closely related field.
  5. Good/very good command of spoken and written English.
  6. High motivation, enthusiasm and ability to work in a team.
  7. Pre-knowledge and practical experience in interface designing and technologies integration will be highly appreciated.
  8. Good presentation, communication and organization skills.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

The salary will be set in salary scale 7 of the collective labour agreement of the Dutch Universities (expected minimum € 2161 and maximum 2917 gross) for a full-time job (38 hours/week). On top of these salaries, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance (calculated based on the annual salary). Non-Dutch applicants could be eligible for a favorable tax treatment (30% rule).

ORGANIZATION

UM (www.maastrichtuniversity.nl) is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach.

UM is currently ranked 4th in the Times Higher Education (THE) “World’s Best Universities Under 50 Years Old”. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,500 students, 4,000 employees and 55,000 alumni. Reflecting the university’s strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. For further information please see https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/

 

DEPARTMENT

Founded in 1992 as part of the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, today DKE broadly covers Data Science and Knowledge Engineering in research and teaching. DKE comprises three internationally respected research groups, having their focus on “Robotics, Agents and Interaction”, “Networks and Strategic Optimization”, and “Biomathematics and Bioinformatics”. Education programmes currently offered by DKE are Data Science & Knowledge Engineering (bachelor), Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for Decision Making (both master programmes). DKE’s Bachelor programme Data Science & Knowledge Engineering is ranked #1 in the Netherlands, and has received national recognition as `Top Programme’ since 2014. For further information, see https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/dke

DKE cooperates closely on data-science related topics with the Institute for Data Science (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/institute-data-science), Maastricht Center for Systems Biology (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/maastricht-centre-systems-biology) and with the Business Intelligence & Smart Services (BISS) Institute (http://www.biss-institute.com/). This cooperation opens additional attractive research opportunities for the announced positions.

 

INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT

RAI group: https://project.dke.maastrichtuniversity.nl/RAI/

Department of Data Science Knowledge Engineering:  http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Schools/DKE.htm

Maastricht University: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/

 

HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are asked to send their application consisting of:

  1. motivation letter and a summary of major achievements (0.5-1 page), as well as programming/research experience
  2. transcripts of degrees and courses,
  3. curriculum vitae,
  4. publication list (if available),
  5. summary (max 1 page) of their Master thesis (or Bachelor, if Master is not completed, yet),
  6. the names of at least two persons who can provide recommendation letters

 

to stelios.asteriadis@maastrichtuniversity.nl and enrique.hortal@maastrichtuniversity.nl (preferably in a single PDF document)

Non-complete applications will not be considered in the selection procedure

Please mention “application – Research assistant in Machine Intelligence and Human-Machine Interaction” in the subject line of the application e-mail.

Applications received by August 10, 2017 will receive full consideration. Applicants may be called in for an interview. It is intended to fill this position as soon as possible.

Informal inquiries concerning this position can be directed to
Dr. Stylianos Asteriadis, DKE, stelios.asteriadis@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Dr. Enrique Hortal, DKE, enrique.hortal@maastrichtuniversity.nl