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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

Fully funded PhD position in Artificial intelligence for Cultural Heritage, University of Groningen

Are you passionate about Artificial intelligence, Data science, and machine Learning, and hold a relevant degree? This exciting opportunity can be a good fit for you.

University Groningen, Netherlands is seeking a highly motivated and qualified PhD student/researcher who will work towards developing new (machine learning and deep learning-based) algorithms and procedures that exploit human labelling and machine-based clustering efficiently.


Project Description

The University of Groningen is offering a PhD position in Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Heritage. The role involves developing new machine learning and deep learning algorithms to improve handwritten text recognition (HTR) by considering multimodal characteristics of historical manuscripts. The researcher will work on the HAICu project, a large-scale Dutch initiative aiming to provide AI-based access to multimodal cultural heritage data. The researcher will participate in Work Package 2, collaborating with digital humanities researchers and Dutch cultural heritage institutions. The developed algorithms will be made available under open-access conditions.

The ultimate goal is to realize AI systems with a deep understanding of what a document is about.



The ideal PHD candidate is required to possess the following qualifications:

  • A (research) master's degree (or equivalent) in Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science (or a related discipline with specialisation in machine learning or computer vision)

  • Good programming skills and hands-on experience with machine learning techniques and deep neural networks

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills

  • High motivation to work in multidisciplinary contexts

  • An integrative and cooperative personality with excellent communication and social skills

  • Fluent proficiency in English – written and oral


Conditions of Employment

  • A salary of €2,770 gross per month in the first year of the appointment, rising to €3,539 gross per month in the fourth year for a full-time position

  • A holiday allowance of 8% of gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus

  • Atractive secondary terms of employment. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants

  • A full-time position (1.0 FTE). The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year. After a positive result and development interview, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of three years

  • PhD training programme is part of the agreement, and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.


Application Documents

The application should include:

  • A letter of motivation

  • Curriculum vitae with a list of publications (if any)

  • Contact information of two references

  • Transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degree


Application procedure

You may apply for this position until 27 June 2024, 11:59PM Dutch local time (CEST) / before 28 June 2024, using the application form (click on the "Apply" button on the advertisement on the university website.


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