The Data Intensive Systems group  external linkat Utrecht University is looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate with a Computer Science background to address research challenges in the field of Very Large Data Management and in particular, on Data Preparation and Curation, with a special interest in Graph Data. Please consult our group’s web page for more information about the research topics we study.


We are looking for as candidate with a strong collaborative spirit and who:

  • has a MSc degree in computer science (or equivalent);
  • has very good programming, analytical and mathematical skills. In order to prove your programming skills, a Github link can be included in the curriculum vitae provided;
  • is fluent in English. A qualification English at C1 level (comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) is required or you should be willing to obtain this level by training.


  • a full-time position (fully funded) for four years (1.0 FTE) or five years (0.8 FTE). In the latter case it will involve 0.2 FTE teaching;
  • a full-time gross salary starting at €2,395 in the first year and increasing to €3,061 in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions  external linkbased on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

Facilities for sports and childcare are available on our main campus, which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht. In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here  external link.

About the organisation

At the Faculty of Science  external linkthere are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. The Faculty is home to 6,500 students and nearly 1,500 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The faculty’s academic programmes reflect developments in today’s society. More fundamental are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

Utrecht University  external linkis a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts Professors, Researchers, and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community. The university has been ranked in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities as the best university in the Netherlands, and as one of the leading research universities in Europe. Utrecht University’s sustainability research has the greatest citation impact worldwide according to a study conducted by Times Higher Education (2016).

Additional information

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Yannis Velegrakis  external linkby email at i.velegrakis@uu.nl  external link.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl  external link.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now” button! If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

Applications should consist of a detailed curriculum vitae in pdf format, containing at the end the names and contact information of two referees. Optionally, but highly recommended, a motivation letter can exist in the pdf file before the curriculum vitae. (We will be asking for recommendation letters ourselves and we will ignore any recommendation letter sent by the candidate her/himself).

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most likely be conducted online.

Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them

The application deadline is 25 January 2021.


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