Postdoctoral researcher position in mechanistic machine learning (1.0 FTE)

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University of Groningen

13 Jun 2023
Job Information

University of Groningen
Research Field
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Application Deadline
1 Aug 2023 – 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Not Applicable
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

We offer a postdoctoral researcher position within the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. The position is funded by an NWO Vidi project named “mechanistic machine learning: combining the explanatory power of dynamic models with the predictive power of machine learning“.

Systems of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) gained a tremendous amount of interest in recent years, demonstrating great performance for a wide variety of tasks, but typically only if they are trained on huge amounts of data. Moreover, frequently no insight into the decision making is available or required. Experts desire to know how their data can inform them about the natural processes being measured. Therefore we develop transparent and interpretable model- and data-driven hybrid methods that are demonstrated for applications in medicine and engineering.

As a postdoc, you will work together with Kerstin Bunte and her teamwithin the Intelligent Systems group, as well as a network of interdisciplinary collaborators in the UK and Europe from various fields, such as Computer Science, Engineering and Applied Mathematics.

About the University of Groningen
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage currently more than 37,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and the top 100 universities in the world, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Intelligent Systems (IS) group is embedded in the Bernoulli Institute within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The Bernoulli Institute conducts research combining theoretical as well as practical aspects of three disciplines, namely (Applied) Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. It is a vibrant community with an international outlook, which fosters talent in all its research areas and disciplines and is active in pure and applied science, and (multi)disciplinary research and teaching.

Specific Requirements

The successful applicant has:

– a PhD degree in computer science, applied mathematics, engineering or other relevant fields.
– a keen interest in at least one of the following topics: machine learning (Bayesian methods), dynamic systems (differential equations), information theory and/or applied mathematics, such as system identification, structural identifiability, model reduction or sampling techniques
– a working proficiency in English (knowledge of the Dutch language is not required).

Additional Information

You will be employed by the University of Groningen (UG). You will have the opportunity to work in a vibrant research environment, and interact with researchers from the Intelligent Systems group (link: ) as well as international collaborators, in particular, Peter Tino from the University of Birmingham (link:… ). Funding is available to support international travel to collaborators, conferences and workshops.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

– a full-time (1.0 FTE) postdoc position of two years
– starting date upon agreement, but preferably before December 1, 2023
– a full-time gross salary ranging from € 3,557 to € 4,670 per month (scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO))
– benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
– a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, the University of Groningen has a number of own arrangements ranging from professional development and leave arrangements to sports.

More information about working at the University of Groningen can be found here:

Selection process

If you have the expertise and the experience to thrive in this role then submit your application enclosing:

– a cover letter with background and motivation to apply for this position.
– your curriculum vitae with publication list, including bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees, work and research experience.
– a research statement (max. 500 words) of previous research experience.
– three reference letters of academics who can provide information on your suitability for the position.

You may apply for this position until 1 August 11:59pm / before 2 August 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

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:

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Additional comments

Kerstin Bunte
[email protected]

Bernoulli Institute
Research group of Prof. Kerstin Bunte
The city of Groningen

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University of Groningen
Postal Code
9712 CP
Broerstraat 5

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Broerstraat 5
Postal Code
9712 CP


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