PhD Position on Latent Multimodal Concept Analysis-University of Amsterdam-Netherlands

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  • Post Date: October 14, 2021
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PhD Position on Latent Multimodal Concept Analysis

University of Amsterdam | I amsterdam

Are you interested in doing cutting-edge research at the intersection of artificial intelligence, culture, and media? We are looking for a PhD candidate to investigate how to discover and analyse latent multimodal concepts found in multimedia.

The meaning of multimedia objects is influenced by the interactions between its constituent modalities. An image of a polar bear with a caption describing its hunting behaviour has a different meaning than an image of a polar bear next to an article on climate change. By modelling recurring patterns of interactions between modalities in large-scale datasets it becomes possible to discover latent concepts, thereby enabling analysis of their use and meaning. The aim of the project is to develop improved multimodal models for real world data by using new learning paradigms (e.g., contrastive, interactive, or self-supervised learning).

The position is at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), in the Multimedia Analytics (MultiX) lab, with close ties to the Cultural AI lab. For this position you will be supervised by dr Nanne van Noord.

We strongly encourage applications coming from a unique perspective. Tell us how your background fits with the aims of the lab.

What are you going to do

You will carry out research in the areas of Multimedia Analysis, Deep Learning, and Cultural AI in the MultiX lab. Through this research you will develop new methods for discovering and analysing latent multimodal concepts in real world data

You are expected to:

  • develop Multimedia Analysis methods to discover and analyse latent multimodal concepts;
  • collaborate with researchers in the MultiX and Cultural AI labs, and UvA;
  • present intermediate research results at conferences and workshops, and publishing in proceedings and journals;
  • pursue and compete a PhD thesis within the appointment duration of four years;
  • assist in teaching activities.

What do we require

  • A Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Data Science or a closely related field;
  • a strong background in computer vision, natural language processing, multimedia and/or machine learning;
  • strong analytical and technical skills;
  • good programming skills preferably in Python, and proficiency with one or more deep learning framework;
  • proficiency in spoken and written English.

Affinity with Social Science and Humanities (SSH) research and an interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment is a plus.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of four years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of four years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and Master students.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,434 to €3,111 (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


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About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The mission of the Informatics Institute is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 6 December 2021. You can apply online by using the link below.

 Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a cover letter (max 2 pages), describing your research interests and your reasons applying to this position
  • a detailed curriculum vitae (cv)
  • a link to a sample of your writing (Master’s thesis, term paper, publication).

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews shortly after the vacancy is closed. The date and time will be indicated to the shortlisted candidates by email.

Please note that we will change our recruitment software during the application period. This may cause a change in the recruitment user environment, but does not impact the recruitment process. All applications submitted during the application period will be considered.


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