Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Fellow Post-doc

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Fellow Post-doc

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27 Feb 2 Apr Wageningen

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Job description

Are you a computer scientist with a PhD degree who would like to contribute to researching global sustainability challenges? Join Wageningen University as a postdoc to develop Artificial Intelligence and Data Science methods to analyse the intertwined role of text and images in sustainability discussions on social media.

In this collaborative research project between the Public Administration and Policy Group and the Wageningen Data Competence Center, social media are studied as a playing field on which policy controversies about sustainability issues are played out. Text and visuals are used to influence the public debate on these topics and convey particular messages. While text and visuals have often been analysed separately, their combination is likely to generate a strong effect. The aim of the project is to advance the representation of social media messages as multimodal objects (including both text and visuals), through extracting features and representing them in a high-dimensional vector space, thereby advancing data science and machine learning methods for multimodal framing of sustainability issues on social media.


Wageningen University & Research


We are looking for a Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Fellow:
  • Computer scientist with a PhD Degree
  • Expertise in AI and DS methods for analyzing text and images, including techniques related to:
    • Machine learning for multimodal representation,
    • Multimedia content extraction, analysis, and indexing,
    • Multimedia analytics and knowledge discovery,
  • Affinity with social science research on social media
  • Affinity with public debates on sustainability issues such as climate, water and food
  • Excellent team player and communicator
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Fluent in English (C1)

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 2960 and € 5439 for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accovardance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (salary scales 10-11). Additionally, a contract for 0.8 -1 FTE can be discussed.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.


Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P1171790-1


Wageningen University & Research

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