Phd Position In Advanced Deep Data-Driven Nowcasting Models (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
January 09, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2541
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PhD position in Advanced Deep Data-Driven Nowcasting Models (1.0 FTE) PhD position in Advanced Deep Data-Driven Nowcasting Models (1.0 FTE)

Job description

Meteorological services worldwide experience an ever-increasing demand of nowcasts, i.e., forecasts with short lead-times with a high temporal and spatial resolution, and a high update frequency. Nowcasting tremendously impacts the socioeconomic needs of many industrial sectors which rely on weather-dependent decision-making. Furthermore, nowcasting applications have found their way to the broad public, making it a ubiquitous feature of modern, industrialized societies as is used for planning, organization and management of a wide range of both personal and economic aspects of life. Therefore, making accurate nowcasting is a crucial factor in many weather-dependent systems (such as in modelling energy consumption, power load forecasting, traffic networks, Renewable Energy, environmental modelling) for cost savings, efficiency, health, safety and organizational purposes.


We are looking for a motivated candidate to join our team. You are equipped with a critical mindset and recognise yourself in the following qualifications. You have:

  • completed a relevant MSc degree in an applied sciences field relevant to the PhD research, i.e. Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics;
  • affinity with Machine Learning and Deep Learning Research;
  • a strong mathematical background in (numerical) linear algebra, statistics and optimization;
  • good programming skills in Python, TensorFlow, PyTorch or Keras.
  • Offer

  • A position for 5 years;
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from € 2541 to €3247 in scale P;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
  • In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.

    About the organization

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

    Additional information

    If you have any questions that you'd like us to answer, please contact Siamak Mehrkanoon (assistant professor in the Department of Information and Computing Sciences) via

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have become enthusiastic about this role, then simply respond via the "Apply" button!

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your Curriculum Vitae;
  • copy of your MSc diploma and transcripts;
  • copy of your MSc. Thesis;
  • list of accepted or submitted publications, if any;
  • names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.
  • If you are within a few months from the completion of your MSc degree, we also welcome you to apply! In that case, please enclose a letter from your MSc thesis supervisor indicating when you are likely to graduate.If this specific opportunity isn't for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them

    The application deadline is 09/01/2023

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