PhD Student in Machine Learning at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

PhD Student in Machine Learning at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Posted by Rebecca Martin on Mon, 20/01/2014 - 15:32

Delft University of Technology has an opening for a fully funded PhD student in machine learning, to be supervised by Dr. Laurens van der Maaten. The research project is funded by the NWO Top grant "Learning from Corruption". It focuses on the development of new machine-learning techniques, and on applications of these techniques to domains such as computer vision and natural language understanding. In particular, the research will focus on new approaches for the regularisation of machine-learning models using an approach called marginalised corrupted features.

Your task in the project will be to develop and investigate new machine-learning techniques and to apply these techniques to areas such as computer vision, natural language understanding, or bioinformatics problems.

You have obtained an MSc or equivalent degree or expect to obtain one very soon. Interested applicants should have a background and interest in some or all of the following subjects, or a related discipline: machine learning, pattern recognition, and computer vision.
The successful applicant will have:

good programming skills;
curiosity and good analytical skills;
the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team;
good oral and written communication skills;
proficiency in English.

Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Laurens van der Maaten, phone: +31 (0)15-2788434, To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 17 February 2014 to Mrs. C.J.C. Kohlmann-van Noord, When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI2014-02. Contract type: Temporary, 4 years.

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

The Department of Intelligent Systems conducts research on processing and interpretation of data to enable man and machine to deal with the increasing volume and complexity of data and communication. One of our research groups is the Pattern Recognition and Bioinformatics Group (

Within the Pattern Recognition and Bioinformatics section, we perform research in the areas of machine learning, pattern recognition, computer vision, image analysis, and bioinformatics. Our focus is on analysing and interpreting multidimensional data using machine-learning approaches to solve problems in various domains, including art history, bioinformatics, social psychology, consumer science, and medicine. We teach machine learning, computer vision, and bioinformatics courses in the Computer Science undergraduate and graduate program.

Additional information
Laurens van der Maaten
+31 (0)15-2788434