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We are seeking a talented PhD student to develop computational methods to mine sentiments
and opinions from multiple forms of social media including text, images, and video. The analysis
of social media is in its infancy and new research is needed to address issues relating to bias,
error, and missing values, and how to integrate contradictory signals. The research will
specifically explore questions relating to Europe’s youth: aspirations and concerns, lifestyle,
immigration, and employment in Europe for the past, present and future. The research will
occur in the context of the Maastricht Working on Europe project, a partnership with the City of
Maastricht, the Province of Limburg and Maastricht University, to position Maastricht as a
meeting place for debate and dialog and as an expertise center of knowledge and vision on
Europe and European integration.
The successful candidate will be appointed at the Institute of Data Science at Maastricht
University and perform this research project to the benefit of the Maastricht Working on Europe project/Studio Europa.
Fixed-term contract: 4 years.
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
Data Science @UM is a pioneering, university-wide network of data-driven researchers with more than 25 years’ experience in data science education and research. Our community consists of multidisciplinary teams that address significant scientific problems and major societal issues through and related to data science including social, legal and ethical concerns in a wide range of academic disciplines. The Data Science@ UM community is expanding with at least 15 new positions in 2019.
The Institute of Data Science at Maastricht University (IDS@UM) is a recently established center led by distinguished professor Michel Dumontier. The mission of the Institute of Data Science is to foster an interfaculty environment for collaborative innovation in the development and application of data science technologies. IDS consists of a core team of data science experts that cooperate closely with researchers across disciplines such as medicine, life sciences, law, social sciences and humanities, business and economics, knowledge engineering and smart services.