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    Junior Postdoctoral Researcher in Intelligent Technologies t...

    1.0 FTE
    Required background
    Organizational unit
    Faculty of Social Sciences
    Application deadline
    16 September 2022
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    This position is for a postdoctoral researcher on the Horizon Europe project EMPOWER. This project will develop novel technological support for the education of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). Specifically, EMPOWER creates a novel focusing on Executive Function (EF) and Emotional Self-Regulation as two key sets of skills to support in educational interventions. The core output of EMPOWER is thus an educational platform, co-created by all involved stakeholders, facilitating the improvement of these skills in children with NDDs. The platform will be tested and evaluated in school settings with all stakeholders involved according to the strict standards of a randomised clinical trial. In addition to technological advances, the lessons learned from the development and deployment of this platform will provide valuable insights into the needs and possibilities for training teachers in the use of new technologies as well as input into future policies governing technology in education, including, in particular, refined ethical frameworks.

    You will develop machine learning and AI algorithms that enable the full functionality of the UPBEAT platform. You will liaise with other project partners developing the platform itself as well with clinical psychologists and researchers in special education who will define the platform's functionality and behaviour. Specifically, you will co-create the platform's sensing and data acquisition abilities so as to be able to track variables of interest (particularly regarding executive function and emotional self-regulation) as defined by the clinical and educational experts.

    EMPOWER involves deploying machine learning algorithms to support a vulnerable population. You will therefore make sure you remain aware of relevant legal, ethical and moral challenges and issues, and your research will contribute to a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations in this regard. In this, you will be joined by a second postdoctoral researcher focusing on the societal implications of technology like that developed in EMPOWER.


    • You hold a PhD degree in AI, machine learning, cognitive science, or a closely related discipline.
    • You have excellent programming and modelling skills.
    • You should have an understanding of, and an interest in, the ethics and societal implications of AI and technology, especially for the support of vulnerable populations.
    • You are able to work well in an interdisciplinary team.
    • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English.
    • Previous experience with user models in human-technology interaction (e.g. human-agent interaction or human-robot interaction) is desirable.

    We are

    Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities. The successful candidate will be embedded in the AI Division of the Donders Centre for Cognition (DCC) and the School of Artificial Intelligence (AI), both part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is home to more than 700 researchers from 35 countries who collaborate in an open community and share the goal of contributing to the advancement of the understanding of natural intelligence. The objective of the position is to develop state-of-the-art AI research of international standing and to contribute to teaching on machine learning-related topics in the educational program. The DCC and the Donders Institute provide excellent facilities such as computing clusters, a robot lab, a virtual reality lab, brain imaging, behavioural labs, and a technical support group. The AI Department is also one of the founding partners of Radboud AI and the ELLIS Unit Nijmegen. You will be embedded in Foundations of Intelligent Technology group headed by Serge Thill. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as 'excellent' and recognised as a 'very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent'. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.

    Radboud University

    We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

    We offer

    • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
    • The starting maximum gross monthly salary is €3,974 on a full-time basis (salary scale 11.0). Note that in the case of employment commencing prior to a doctorate having been officially awarded, researchers will be employed on salary scale 10.3, with a gross monthly salary of €3,413 on a full-time basis.
    • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
    • It concerns a temporary employment for 2 years with possibility of contract extension.
    • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
    • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

    Additional employment conditions

    Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

    Would you like more information?

    For questions about the position, please contact Serge Thill, Associate Professor at Alternatively, you can contact Pim Haselager, Professor at

    Practical information and applying

    You can apply until 16 September 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Serge Thill. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
    • A letter of motivation.
    • Your CV, including the contact details of two references who may be contacted for further information.
    • An extended abstract summarising your PhD work.
    • Your favourite publication from your PhD research.

    The first round of interviews will take place on Friday 23 September. You would preferably begin employment on 1 November 2022.

    We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure. It offers a rough outline of what you can expect during the application process, how we handle your personal data and how we deal with internal and external candidates.
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    Application deadline 16 September 2022

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