Postdoc, on the subject of Transparent AI Pipelines

Postdoc, on the subject of Transparent AI Pipelines

Published Deadline Location
17 May 16 Jun Amsterdam

Job description

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Human-Centered Data Analytics research group for a talented


on the subject of Transparent AI Pipelines for Information Quality Assessment.

Job description
The spread of disinformation affects society as a whole and the recent developments in AI are likely to aggravate the problem. This calls for automated solutions that assist humans in the task of automated information quality assessment, a task that can be perceived as subjective or biased, and that thus requires a high level of transparency and customization.
The overall goal of the project is to investigate how to design AI pipelines that are fully transparent and tunable by an end user. The pipeline will be applied to the task of automated information quality assessment, using reasoning, NLP, and/or crowdsourcing components. The postdoc will work in the context of the "The eye of the beholder: Transparent pipelines for assessing online information quality" project, funded by the Netherlands eScience Center, for two years. In addition, we will collaborate with researchers from the AI, Media and Democracy lab, an interdisciplinary lab that brings together AI researchers, Communication Scientists, Information Law scholars and media organizations.


Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)


Candidates are required to have a PhD in artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, data science, computer science, science and technology studies, or comparable. Further qualifications for candidates include:
  • Proven expertise in knowledge representation and reasoning, NLP, and/or human computation.
  • Ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team including researchers in Communication Science and Law.
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language. Knowledge of (or willingness to quickly learn) Dutch is not required but will be considered an asset.
The description of this project has been left intentionally broad. We welcome candidates with a diverse range of academic backgrounds to apply and are open to adjusting the specifics of the project to the expertise and interests of the selected candidate.

Diversity code
CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavour to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage everyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or physical abilities.

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 € 3,929 to € 4,789. The appointment will be for a period of 2 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.

Please visit our websites for more information about our terms of employment: and


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 the Dutch Research Council (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, an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. We have an activity committee that organizes after-work activities and an informal women's network.

CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam, the home of AMS-IX, that is presently developing into a major location of research in the physical sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.


The HCDA research group studies how AI systems can be designed in such a way that they adhere to modern-day societal values of inclusivity and accountability, and how AI can be applied responsibly in the humanities, cultural heritage, and media sectors.

Based on empirical evidence of how humans interact with data and systems, HCDA develops data-driven methods that are transparent, trustworthy, diverse, and aware of cultural differences.

The group targets 1) hybrid AI systems where machine learning and explicit, symbolic knowledge are combined as well as 2) human-in-the-loop AI systems, where domain experts, data scientists or lay people, such as crowd workers, have an active role in an AI pipeline.

Keywords: Knowledge representation, Human-computer interaction, Responsible AI.

To find more information about the HCDA research group, please visit the group page and watch their video.

Additional information

All applications should include a detailed resume and motivation letter. The application deadline is 16 June 2023

A selected number of candidates will be invited for interviews to be held between June 26 and June 30, 2023.

For residents outside the EER-area, a Toefl English language test might be required.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Dr. Davide Ceolin, email

For more information about CWI, please visit or watch our video about working at CWI.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering; Behaviour and society; Language and culture
  • €2807—€4452 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 3452


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Make sure to apply no later than 16 Jun 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).