Two PhD Positions on Models, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Postdoc in Netherlands

Two PhD Positions on Models: The University of Amsterdam is offering two PhD positions focused on high-impact artificial intelligence research, specifically on embodied foundation models for autonomous robots. The positions involve collaborative research within the OpenBots lab and a physical lab environment with land-robots. The research aims to enable multimodal perception for robots, robust to sensory and semantic shifts between training and operation conditions.

Two PhD Positions on Embodied Foundation Models

Summary Table

DesignationPhD Positions
Research AreaArtificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Robotics
LocationUniversity of Amsterdam and TNO/Royal Netherlands Marechaussee
EligibilityMSc in AI, Mathematics/Physics, Computer Science, or related field
Job DescriptionResearch and develop new deep learning methods, collaborate in OpenBots Lab, assist in teaching activities, complete and defend a PhD thesis within 4 years.
How to ApplySubmit application online with required documents in a single PDF
Last Date to ApplyAugust 12, 2024


PhD Positions

Research Area

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Robotics


  • University of Amsterdam
  • TNO and Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (2 days/week)


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

Job Description

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

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply online and include the following documents in a single PDF file:

  • A motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • A link to the Master thesis or an abstract
  • Complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grades)
  • List of projects or publications (max 1 page)
  • Names and contact details of at least two academic references

Applications should be submitted via the link provided on the University of Amsterdam’s job portal. Note that a security investigation will be part of the application procedure due to the involvement with TNO and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.

Last Date for Apply

August 12, 2024

For further information or any questions regarding the position, contact:

Only complete applications received within the response period will be considered. The first round of interviews will take place in the week of August 19.



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