Postdoc on the subject of machine learning in space physics

Postdoc on the subject of machine learning in space physics

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The Multiscale Dynamics group at CWI is looking for a postdoc to work on machine learning for space physics. The position is for 24 months up to 30 months, depending on the start date. The project is part of the AIDA (Artificial Intelligence for Data Analysis) H2020 Consortium funded by the European Commission. The AIDA Consortium consists of the KU Leuven in Belgium; CWI in The Netherlands; University of Calabria, University of Florence and CINECA in Italy; CNRS in France; IRIDA in Greece and by Space Consulting in the USA. These partners have extensive expertise in fields such as solar and space physics, space weather and high performance computing.

Multiple space missions have recorded a vast amount of data (images, spectra, time series) on processes taking place in the solar corona, solar wind and Earth’s magnetosphere. The AIDA consortium will develop data analysis, machine learning and simulation tools to more effectively use this data for physical predictions and understanding. One of the main aims is to collectively develop a user-friendly, open-source Python package to facilitate the application of machine learning techniques to the vast amount of available data.

The position focuses on machine learning methods and more traditional data analysis approaches. You will construct machine learning models for classification and regression, implement methods for dimensionality reduction and data clustering, and incorporate these methods into the open-source Python tool. Collaboration with the AIDA partners is important, as they will for example work on data acquisition and preprocessing. At CWI, you will interact with the Machine Learning for Space Weather team, which is pioneering several Artificial Intelligence approaches for Space Weather applications.


Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)


Candidates are required to have a PhD degree. They should have a strong background in at least one of the following areas: data science, machine learning, heliospherical physics (or related). Furthermore, candidates are expected to have the following competences:

  • Basic software development skills
  • Good interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively
  • Good academic writing and presentation skills (in English)

Conditions of employment

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The gross monthly salary for an employee on a full time basis, depending on relevant work experience, ranges from € 3,560 to € 4,339. The appointment will be for a period of two years. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling.

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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO. The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large.

CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 27 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.

CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam that is presently developing into a major location of research in the natural sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam and of the Vrije Universiteit as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.


Research group Multiscale Dynamics

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  • Postdoc; Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences; Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3560—€4339 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT Postdoc ml


Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)

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