PhD position on Integrated symbolic AI and machine learning

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 19 Apr 2023

Irène Curie Fellowship



Mathematics and Computer Science

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Job description

Machine learning is widely used for optimizing modern digital systems, addressing our inability to model these systems from first principles due to their complexity and the high dimensional data they generate. However, machine learning models, such as neural networks, often contain millions of parameters, making it difficult to understand their behavior and to trust their output. Moreover, they require large amounts of labeled data, which is not always available. There are machine learning approaches targeting these challenges (e.g. surrogate modeling or unsupervised learning), but they are often limited in their application. Symbolic AI approaches, on the other hand, are often explainable and can leverage expert knowledge to deal with few labeled samples, but struggle with noisy and high dimensional data.

This position is funded by the AIMS5.0 European project aiming to develop AI-enabled hardware and software components and systems across the whole industrial value chain to increase the overall efficiency and sustainability. The project has 53 industrial and academic partners. The role of the TUE is to develop AI enabled holistic planning and scheduling methods that will adapt to the current and anticipated state of the manufacturing processes and the supply chain. The use cases
of our industrial partners include adapting the product specification to the available resources, adapting planning of manufacturing processes to bottlenecks along the supply chain, optimizing the manufacturing processes for low batch sizes of custom products, and improving traceability and root cause analysis in incident management.

The TUE is participating with the Computer Science and the Industrial Engineering departments, with 3 PhD and 1 Postdoc position. This PhD position is at the Computer Science department. We are looking for candidates that would like to join our team exploring how to combine machine learning methods (for extracting information from structured and high-dimensional data from the manufacturing systems and the supply chain) and symbolic AI methods (for reasoning with the
extracted information and expert knowledge provided by the industrial partners by means of knowledge graphs) to address various planning, scheduling and optimization problems in complex industrial systems.

The successful candidate for this position is expected to:

  • Contribute to performing scientific research on integrated symbolic AI and machine learning in general, and to validate the results in the AIMS5.0 project.
  • Contribute to publishing results at (international) conferences and journals.
  • Collaborate with the other PhD and Postdoc researchers in this project.
  • Collaborate with other group and faculty members.
  • Collaborate with selected AIMS5.0 project partners, attend project meetings and contribute to deliverables and project outcome.
  • Assist with educational tasks (e.g. support lab/course assignments and/or supervise (under)graduate/internships students).

Job requirements
  • You have a Master degree in Computer Science, (Applied) Mathematics, Information Technologies, or a related field.
  • You have a experience with data driven methods (e.g. machine learning, statistics, stochastics) and/or knowledge driven methods (e.g. logic programming, deductive databases, automated reasoning, expert systems).
  • You have good programming skills and experience.
  • You have good communication skills and are eager to work as part of a research team.
  • You are creative and ambitious.
  • You have good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required).

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 27 (min. €2,541 max. €3,247).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process .
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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For questions regarding this position, you can send an email to dr. Mike Holenderski (m.holenderski[at]
with email subject “PhD position in AIMS5.0”.

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button.
The application should include a:

  • Cover letter describing your motivation and qualifications for the position (generic letters will be rejected).
  • Detailed CV incl. publication list.
  • MSc and BSc transcripts.
  • 2 recent recommendation letters.

This vacancy will be listed until a suitable candidate is found. We will start selecting applications starting
April 3rd, 2023.

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