The Department of Advanced Computing Sciences (DACS) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, is looking for a PhD candidate in the field of Natural Language Processing and, more specifically, Neural Machine Translation. The successful candidate will conduct research and develop a multi-lingual translation model based on the latest developments in AI (Deep Learning), to be used in order to optimize user experience within extended reality applications.
The position is embedded in the Cognitive Systems group of the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences, and the candidate will work together with other PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and other senior researchers. The candidate will conduct research in Natural Language Processing and, specifically, will contribute towards the development of a flexible multilingual machine translation model. The model will be adjustable to different settings and contexts (e.g. virtual assistants, online conferencing) making use of contextual information and transfer learning techniques, in eXtended Reality (XR) environments. The position is supported by a large-scale, multi-disciplinary Horizon Europe project, which brings together universities, companies, and end-users, all active in the fields of AI and XR, aiming at designing novel human-to-human and human-to-machine interactions within XR. The University of Maastricht, being the Scientific Coordinator of the project, is playing a key role in it.

The tasks of the successful candidate include:

Research in machine translation and related interaction context, making use of the latest advanced in deep learning (e.g. transfer learning and zero-shot machine translation) and data science.
Publishing in top-tier journals and conferences.
Support in the integration of the produced models in eXtended Reality interfaces.
Participation in project meetings and contribution to reports, as well as possible travels across Europe and beyond for the implementation of the project and participation in conferences.
Assistance in teaching activities in the department.


Maastricht University


A master’s degree (already completed or near completion) in NLP, deep learning, artificial intelligence, or a closely related field such as computer vision.
Excellent programming skills (esp. Python) are required.
Solid experience and interest in latest advances in AI, especially in the field of Deep Learning, with proven experience (e.g. through publications, prior projects, etc.).
Excellent command of English.
We are looking for a passionate and creative researcher, with serious interest in publishing in top venues in the field.
Team spirit is also very important, since a large team will work on the project, both within the department, as well as across other institutes in Europe.
Strong presentation, writing, communication and organization skills are required for this position.

Educational level:

Master Degree

How to apply:

Please mention NLP People as a source when applying


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