Postdoctoral position in multi-task learning for visually-grounded spoken language (1.0 fte)

Postdoctoral position in multi-task learning for visually-grounded spoken language (1.0 fte)

Published Deadline Location
25 Feb 31 Mar Tilburg

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Job description

The candidate will carry out research on applying multi-task learning techniques to understanding spoken language based on visual and other auxiliary signals. This project will combine ideas, methods and data from Natural Language Processing, Speech Recognition and Computer Vision.




Tilburg University


  • PhD degree in computational linguistics, machine learning, speech and audio processing, or a related field.
  • Interest in and ability to carry out internationally competitive research, demonstrated by publications in top conferences and journals.
  • Experience with deep learning models and toolkits (such as Pytorch or Tensorflow).

Conditions of employment

  • A full-time position for two years.
  • The position will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) asresearcher. The starting gross salary for a full-time appointment is (minimally) € 3.389 in scale 10 up to (maximally) € 3.773 gross per month (maximum € 45.276 per year).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually).
  • Tilburg University is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands and offers very good fringe benefits such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment and reimbursement of moving expenses, also including excellent technical infrastructure, savings schemes and excellent sport facilities. The collective labor agreement of the Dutch Universities applies.
  • Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a temporary tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The University will apply for such an allowance on their behalf.
  • The University will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation (for foreign employees).


Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) conducts scientific research and education in the fields of Communication and Information Sciences, Philosophy, Religious studies and Language and Culture studies. The School of Humanities features three departments, several research institutes and a faculty office. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 1300 students and 250 employees.


Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences


The selected candidate will be hosted at the department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence within the School of Humanities and Digital Sciences at Tilburg University. The department emphasizes innovative research spanning a wide array of fields including computational linguistics and language technology, data-science, human-robot interaction, virtual reality and serious games. CSAI is a member of the Benelux Association for Artificial Intelligence, participate in the Special Interest Group for AI (SIG AI), and participate in the Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE). Tilburg University and the CSAI department offers a vibrant international environment, with current CSAI staff originating from over 10 countries.

The candidate will work with Grzegorz Chrupała (assistant professor at Tilburg University, project PI), Afra Alishahi (associate professor at Tilburg University) and an engineer at the Dutch e-Science Center.


  • Research, Development, Innovation
  • Language and Culture
  • max. 40 hours per week, temporary
  • University Graduate
  • 16221



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