PhD Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence and International Affairs (B004219)
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 31,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is an international place of knowledge.
Campus Fryslân is the ambitious eleventh and newest faculty of the University of Groningen, located in Leeuwarden. Campus Fryslân is an interdisciplinary faculty that works closely together with regional, national and international partners on worldwide (sustainability) problems and local solutions. The sustainable development goals of the United Nations thus serve as an important guideline.
We offer challenging Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree programmes. The research institute covers four research domains: Governance, Sustainable Economy, Culture, Language & Technology and Health & Food. In the summer of 2019, we will move to the new faculty building De Beurs: the first all-electric, monumental educational building in the Netherlands.
The chair group Governance and Innovation at Campus Fryslân is recruiting a PhD researcher to conduct research within the larger topic of “The International Politics of Data and Technology”. Questions of interest include for example: the effect of the weaponization of Artificial Intelligence on the international order, the balance of power within the Cyber domain, the scope of foreign policy in relation to data warfare (through harmful code or disinformation) and the governance of artificial intelligence through technological and political means as well as their convergence.
The PhD researcher will be connected with the Data Research Centre of Campus Fryslân and the chair group of Governance and Innovation and will be supervised by Prof. Andrej Zwitter. The prospective PhD researcher ideally has a background in political science or international relations with a focus on the role of technology and data. Furthermore, a solid understanding of data science and programming skills are an advantage.
You should have the following qualifications:
- master’s degree in a relevant academic field
- demonstrable affinity with qualitative and quantitative research methods
- programming skills and basic knowledge in machine learning are an advantage
- research experience is an asset
- highly developed conceptual capacity and analytical skills
- very good record of undergraduate and graduate studies
- very good command of spoken and written English. Dutch proficiency is an asset
- very good individual and collaborative working skills
- presenting skills
- planning and organizational skills
- strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years.
You enroll in the PhD Scholarship Programme and receive a scholarship of €2,120 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen.
The PhD Scholarship contract is offered for four years. A successful candidate will first be offered a temporary contract of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected.
A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty. As part of the programme, the PhD student will take part in the Career Perspectives Series, which provides a thorough preparation on the career after the PhD, inside or outside academia. During the course of the doctorate, the student will develop research and teaching competencies as well as leadership skills. For this, the PhD students will receive a tailor-made programme from the GSCF.
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