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PhD position in Information Systems/Business Intelligence

PhD position in Information Systems/Business Intelligence

Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
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Are you an interested in data-driven optimization, and intelligent decision support through methods of Artificial Intelligence? Do you like the idea of working with techniques like Neural Networks, Evolutionary Computation, Swarm Intelligence, and fuzzy reasoning? Are you interested in applying your research in biomedical fields? We are looking for a PhD student in Information Systems/Business Intelligence with a focus on those topics.

Job description

Modern laboratory experiments in bio-medical disciplines generate large amounts of structured heterogeneous data. This data can be used to create models able to assist critical decisions in clinical environments. However, in order to be adopted in real-world scenarios, such models must be explainable, i.e., domain experts must be able to inspect and understand the rationale underlying decisions.

The PhD project will focus on the development of methodologies for the data-driven inference of decision support systems that can be inspected, trusted and even extended by domain experts. Such models must be explainable in nature and still provide a good fitting with respect to data. Moreover, although a model can be built out of data, an excessive complexity of the system can hamper its interpretability and, in turn, prevent any comprehension of the rationale of decisions. Thus, complexity reduction, feature selection, and overfitting should be explicitly tackled by the estimation methodology, to create an AI system that is balanced between accuracy and explainability. The PhD candidate will become a member of a young research team and will have the opportunity to collaborate with a number of biomedical partners across the planet.
he PhD position is funded by EAISI (Eindhoven Institute of Artificial Intelligence Systems), so that collaboration will also involve AI researchers of the Institute in various disciplines.
You, as a successful applicant, will perform the research project outlined above in an international research team. You will report research findings at international conferences and workshops, and in high-quality scientific journals.  The research will be concluded with a Ph.D. thesis. A small teaching load (on average about 10%) is part of the job description.
he project will be supervised by Dr. Marco S. Nobile.

Job requirements

  • You have a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Data Science, AI, Mathematics, Information Systems, Industrial Engineering, or a similar field of study.
  • You have a strong affinity with interdisciplinary research.
  • You can work on a challenging topic that has both basic and applied research aspects.
  • You can implement ideas in software prototypes.
  • Your communication skills are excellent as is your proficiency in English and your ability to collaborate in an international setting.

Conditions of employment

  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university.
  • A PhD appointment for a period of 4 years with target start date in March 2021.
  • Gross monthly salary is € 2395,- in the first year up to € 3061,- (gross) in the fourth year on a full-time basis.
  • A yearly holiday allowance of 8% and 8.3% end of year allowance.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, coverage of costs of publishing the dissertation and excellent sports facilities).
  • Besides research you will also contribute to education within the department. Apart from supervising BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education is usually limited to around 10% of your contract time.

Information and application

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Marco S. Nobile, hiring manager, m.s.nobile[at] For information about terms of employment, please contact Susan Opgenoorth, HR advisor, hrservices.ieis[at] or +31 40 247 8827. Are you inspired to know more about working at TU/e? Please visit


Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • Cover letter (1-page max), which includes a motivation of your interest in the vacancy and an explanation of why you would fit well for either one of the alternative projects,
  • Detailed curriculum vitae,
  • List of courses you have taken in Masters and Bachelor programs (including grades),
  • Results of a recent English language test, or other evidence of your English language capabilities,
  • Name and contact information of two references.