Doctoral Position in Advanced Artificial Intelligence

University of Antwerp Faculty of Applied Engineering


Department: Electronics - ICT
Regime Full-time

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The Department of Electronics-ICT in the Faculty of Applied Engineering is looking for a full-time doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Advanced Artificial Intelligence.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis on next-generation machine learning (ML). This research will investigate advanced topics in ML and AI.
  • Your research methodologies will include analysing, designing, and applying novel machine learning algorithms. You will validate your research through both experimental benchmarking of your algorithms in simulations, on real hardware, as well as on concrete academic and industrial use cases.
  • You will tightly collaborate with IDLab colleagues working on various aspects of AI, including deep learning (DL) and reinforcement learning (RL) advancements and use-cases.
  • You will also participate in the framework of national and European research projects and collaborate on a technical level with research partners from industry. 
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project.  
  • You carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Electronics-ICT department at the Faculty of Applied Engineering and the IDLab research group. 


  • You hold a master’s degree in (Applied) Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Informatics, Physics, or equivalent, or you will have obtained it by the time you start working.  
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity, and cooperation.
  • Machine learning experience is a must.
  • You have experience with TensorFlow and/or PyTorch.
  • You have excellent programming skills (Python, C++).
  • First authorship on scientific papers to well-ranked publications and/or conferences is a plus. 
  • Participation in national and/or international research projects is an advantage. 
  • You are a team player and have strong communication skills. 
  • Your English is fluent, both speaking and writing. 

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
  • The planned start date is 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will do most of your work at The Beacon in Antwerp and Campus Groenenborger in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 13 October 2022 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV.
  • The selection committee will review all the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Please be aware that the job interviews are planned to take place end of October.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Philippe Reiter, post-doctoral researcher,

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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