Postdoctoral researcher Conversational Search

Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute

17 mei 2018
€2,588 to €4,757 gross per month
14 juni 2018
38 hours per week

The Faculty of Science holds a leading position internationally in its fields of research and participates in a large number of cooperative programs with universities, research institutes and businesses. The faculty has a student body of around 6,000 and 1,500 members of staff, spread over eight research institutes and a number of faculty-wide support services. A considerable part of the research is made possible by external funding from Dutch and international organizations and the private sector. The Faculty of Science offers thirteen Bachelor's degree programs and eighteen Master’s degree programs in the fields of the exact sciences, computer science and information studies, and life and earth sciences.

Since September 2010, the whole faculty has been housed in a brand new building at the Science Park in Amsterdam. The instalment of the faculty has made the Science Park one of the largest centres of academic research in the Netherlands.

The Informatics Institute is one of the large research institutes with the faculty, with a focus on complex information systems divided in four broad themes: Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science, Data Science en Systems and Network Engineering. We have a prominent international standing and are active in a dynamic scientific area, with a strong innovative character and an extensive portfolio of externally funded projects.

The postdoctoral position will be within the Information and Language Processing Systems (ILPS) group at the Informatics Institute. ILPS is led by Prof. Maarten de Rijke and also includes Prof. Evangelos Kanoulas, Dr Maarten Marx, and Dr Christof Monz as well as around 30 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Other groups doing related artificial intelligence research within IvI are AMLAB (led by Prof Max Welling), the Intelligent Sensory Information Systems (ISIS) group (led by Prof. Cees Snoek), and the Computer Vision (CV) group led by Prof. Theo Gevers.

Project description

Conversational information seeking is concerned with a task-oriented sequence of exchanges between one or more users and an information system. Development of conversational information seeking systems requires new research on a broad range of topics related to information elicitation, user modeling, precision-oriented search, exploratory search, generated information objects, description of retrieval results, session-based search, dialog systems capable of sustained multi-turn conversations, and evaluation. The postdoc that we are seeking will strengthen and complement existing research on conversational search within ILPS (on task-oriented search, diversity, machine learning for conversational search).


  • PhD in Computer Science, emphasizing information retrieval, language technology, deep learning;
  • strong publication record in top-tier international conferences and journals;
  • solid knowledge of programming and (deep) learning toolkits;
  • motivated and capable of working with PhD students.

Further information

You may send informal inquiries by email to:


The appointment of the postdoctoral research fellow will be full-time (38 hours a week) for two years.
The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2.588 up to a maximum of €4.757 (scale 10/11) based on a full-time appointment depending on qualifications, expertise and on the number of years of professional experience. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

There are also secondary benefits, such as 8% holiday allowance per year and the end of year allowance of 8.3%.

Among other things, we offer:

  • competitive pay and good benefits;
  • top-50 University worldwide;
  • extremely friendly, interactive and international working environment;
  • direct access to high-end computing facilities;
  • new building located near the city center (10 minutes by bicycle) of one of Europe’s most beautiful and lively cities.

English is the working language within the Informatics Institute. Moreover, since Amsterdam is a very international city where almost everybody speaks and understands English, you need not be afraid of the language barrier.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may only submit your application by electronic mail using the link below.

We will accept applications until 14 June 2018.

The committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered.

Please do not send or copy your application to Prof. Maarten de Rijke – it will get lost.

Your application should include a letter of motivation explaining why you are the right candidate, a curriculum vitae, a list of projects you have worked on (with brief descriptions of your contributions) and any supporting material. Please include the names of at least three references.

Please group all these in a single PDF attachment. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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