Doctoral Candidate (PhD Position)

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
March 26, 2023
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Doctoral Candidate (PhD Position)

(ref. BAP-2023-88)

Last modification : Thursday, February 23, 2023

The Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence (DTAI) Section of the Department of Computer Science of the KU Leuven is one of the leading research groups for artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science. It is internationally renowned for its pioneering work on the integration of learning and reasoning, in domains such as statistical relational and neural- symbolic AI, probabilistic and inductive programming, logical and relational learning and their applications. In addition to fundamental research, the DTAI group applies the developed techniques to concrete cases situated in data science, sensors, sports analytics, combinatorial optimisation, robot manipulation and navigation, natural language processing, smart electronics, computer vision, etc. For these applications, DTAI often cooperates with other groups and companies from strategically chosen research areas.

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During the project, you will:

  • conduct research on neural symbolic AI and neural probabilistic logic;
  • use neural symbolic techniques to provide insights on the role and the interaction of multiple representations;
  • develop scalable neural symbolic frameworks for learning with multiple representations.
  • The project will be part of the MSCA European Doctoral Network LEMUR (LEarning with MUltiple Representations) (https: //


    The ideal candidate has a master degree in Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence. Experience concerning the topics of the project or the expertise of the Machine Learning group is a plus.

    Candidates must have excellent programming skills, be proficient in oral and written English, possess excellent communication skills, multi-tasking skills, and be team-oriented, proactive and result driven. In the framework of KU Leuven's gender balance plan, we encourage applications from suitably qualified researchers of all genders.

    To be eligible, the applicant must satisfy the mobility requirements of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. At the time of recruitment, the potential candidate

  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.
  • be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Offer

    Full-time temporary employment. The gross salary is the sum of Living Allowance EUR 3400, the Mobility Allowance EUR 600, and the Family Allowance EUR 660 (if applicable) as specified by the MSCA DN grant. The salary is subject to taxation and social contributions.

    The EU Researcher Allowances will be used to cover both the employee's as the employer's mandatory charges.

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    Please contact Prof. Luc De Raedt and Prof. Giuseppe Marra at [email protected] / [email protected] if you have any questions

    You can apply via the KU Leuven system, providing the following information:

    - Detailed CV in English, highlighting your achievements and fit to the applied position;

    - Scans of BSc and MSc transcripts, with certified translation in English (if the degree qualification is not in English or in the language of the hosting country); if you will only complete your Masters degree by the required starting date: please supply documentation of your achievements in the Masters programme so far;

    - A motivation letter in English, highlighting why you will be a good fit for the position and why you want to be a LEMUR doctoral candidate to carry out this specific PhD; clearly outline the interests in neural symbolic AI, as well as possible past experience in the area.

    - Contact details or recommendation letters of two referees in English or in certified translation;

    - Proof of English skills (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or equivalent). This is not required in case of native English speakers (i.e., English is your mother tongue).

    KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at [email protected].

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