Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science 2 PhD Students in Computer Science, Netherlands


December 01, 2015


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Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science 2 PhD students in Computer Science

The Faculty of Science, the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), vacancy 15-371

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is looking for:

2 PhD students in Computer Science (DAMIOSO project) (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number: 15-371

Key responsibilities

In the DAMIOSO project 2 positions are available for ambitious PhD students. The DAMIOSO project aims at applying data mining, response surface modeling, and nonlinear optimization in the context of data intense simulations in computational fluid dynamics. Such simulations typically generate enormous amounts of data, often in the form of images.

Mining this data for relevant vs. irrelevant features and understanding the complex mapping between design geometry and such features are important research topics. Additional ambitious goals include learning a fast approximation of such a mapping through response surface modeling algorithms and using the learned approximation for optimization. Data handling of the corresponding vast amount of data, e.g., using an in-memory database, is also part of the project.

The project is a cooperation between LIACS (Leiden), CWI (Amsterdam), and the Honda Research Institute (Offenbach, Germany).

Selection criteria

Successful PhD candidates will have:
• A master in data science, computer science or artificial intelligence;
• A strong background in data mining/machine learning/evolutionary computation/data management and/or a strong background in computer graphics and feature analysis in images and videos;
• Interest in engineering applications and in the corresponding simulations, as the candidates will be working with commercial CFD simulation software.

Research at our faculty/ Institute

LIACS is the computer science institute of Leiden University, engaged in both research and education in the area of computer science, including bioinformatics and innovation management. The research at LIACS is broadly oriented. There are two research programs, both responsible for exploring the next frontier of ideas and techniques in their area such as research in the emerging area of bioinformatics. Close cooperation with industrial and academic research institutes, nationally and internationally, is the rule, not the exception.

The Faculty of Science teaches more than 2,600 students in the context of 8 bachelor’s and 11 master’s programmes. Working at the Faculty of Science means being part of an exciting, dynamic scientific environment which sets high standards for its students, staff and support staff alike. The Faculty is known for its friendly and team-spirited atmosphere, which promotes mutual exchange of knowledge. For more information, see http://www.science.leidenuniv.nl.

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time, 4 year term position, with a go/no go decision on the end of year 1. Salary range from € 2.125 to € 2.717 gross per month (PhD pay scale, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science www.graduateschools.leidenuniv.nl. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

We aim to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.


Enquiries can be made to Professor Thomas Bäck , t.h.w.baeck@liacs.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact our secretary Marloes van der Nat (e-mail: m.van.der.nat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, telephone: +31-(0)71-5277061.

Information about the faculty of science can be found at http://www.science.leidenuniv.nl/index.php/english/ and about Leiden University at http://workingat.leiden.edu/


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to our secretary Marloes van der Nat (e-mail: m.van.der.nat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number (15-371):
• A resume;
• A motivation letter;
• Your bachelor and master theses;
• Any publications and other material which may help us to assess your qualifications.

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November 12, 2015
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