Two PhD Positions on Foundation Models, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

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PhD Positions on Foundation Models: The University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science is offering two prestigious PhD positions in the cutting-edge field of embodied foundation models, focusing on enabling autonomous robots to operate effectively in open-world environments.

Two PhD Positions on Embodied Foundation Models


PhD Candidate

Research Area

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Deep Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Embodied Foundation Models


  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • TNO and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (for specific lab-based activities)


  • MSc degree in Artificial Intelligence, (Applied) Mathematics/Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Strong background in machine learning and computer vision; knowledge in robotics is advantageous.
  • Solid mathematical foundations in statistics, calculus, and linear algebra.
  • Excellent programming skills, preferably in Python.
  • Highly motivated, independent, and creative individuals with strong communication, presentation, and writing skills.
  • Prior publications in relevant machine learning or computer vision conferences or journals are advantageous.

Job Description

  • Develop new deep learning, computer vision, and multimodal learning methods for embodied foundation models.
  • Actively collaborate within the OpenBots Lab and contribute to its demonstrators.
  • Present research progress internally and at international conferences and workshops.
  • Publish research findings in proceedings and journals.
  • Assist in teaching activities, such as lab assistance and student supervision.
  • Complete and defend a PhD thesis within the duration of four years.

What We Offer

  • A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (initially 18 months, extendable upon satisfactory review).
  • Salary range between € 2,770 (first year) and € 3,539 (last year) gross per month.
  • Inclusive benefits package including holiday allowance (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
  • Comprehensive educational program for PhD students.
  • Additional secondary benefits such as training courses, parental leave, and assistance with housing for international candidates.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online with the following documents (compiled into a single PDF file, except for the CV):

  • A motivation letter explaining the choice for this position.
  • Curriculum vitae (max 2 pages) including a list of publications if applicable.
  • A research statement outlining the approach to the PhD project (max 2 pages).
  • A link to the Master thesis or an abstract if not available online.
  • Complete record of Bachelor’s and Master’s courses (including grades and grading system explanation).
  • A list of projects or publications with a brief description of the contributions (max 1 page).
  • Names and contact information of at least two academic references.

Last Date to Apply

August 12, 2024

Contact Information

For any questions or additional information, please contact:

  • Prof. dr. Cees Snoek:
  • Dr. ir. Gertjan Burghouts:

The University of Amsterdam is an equal-opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We look forward to welcoming you to our team.

Apply here.



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