The PhD project will be strongly embedded in interdisciplinary and international research cooperation of the Autonomous Perceptive Systems group.

The successful candidate will perform the following tasks: develop training methods for spike-based neural networks performing dynamic control tasks which can be transferred to neuromorphic (memristive) hardware. Initial work will focus on simulations of analog control tasks, however, culminating in the application of control methods in physical systems such as drones and robotic arms.


The successful candidate should have:

  • a Master’s degree in artificial intelligence with a specialisation in spike-based deep learning
  • affinity with electronics and willingness to learn relevant topics in materials science and neuroscience.


Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 35,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, a 4-years PhD position is available at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and the CogniGron centre of the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, with the topic of neuromorphic computing.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary of € 2,395 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% year-end bonus
  • an appointment for a period of 4 years.

A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected.


The application should include:

● a letter of motivation
● a CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
● transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degree.

The applications can be submitted until 17 January 2021 23:59 h / before 18 January 2021 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications received before 18 January 2021 will be given full consideration; however, the position will remain open until it is filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), http://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


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