Postdoctoral Research Position in Using Collaborative Artificial Intelligence for Health
VU University of Amsterdam Department of Computer Science

We are looking for an excellent researcher to work with us to develop a collaborative AI system that will help medical teams in finding, linking, and explaining clinical guidelines and trials to be recommended to patients in need. You will work as a member of an industry-academic partnership in the area of Responsible AI, bridging between the PROXCAI project (PROfile-based eXplanations of medical treatment searches using Collaborative Artificial Intelligence) and the LinkedGuidelines project concerning methods for linking medical guidelines for multi morbid patients.


FTE: 1

Job description

The project aims to improve the credibility and trustworthiness of AI systems using a hybrid collaboration with human experts in the medical domain.The main idea is that experts and systems are complementary and can learn from their respective expertise to generate trustworthy and understandable decisions for end-users. The goal will be to create a collaborative process where the AI system uses its powerful computational capabilities to identify, link and explain relevant clinical trials and guidelines, while a human expert will use their expertise to refine the system’s output and feed this back for more trustworthy decisions.  This will be done by combining knowledge representation methods, machine learning techniques and social theories of cooperation in an intelligent system able to extract, manage and visualise information from heterogeneous sources.

The research will be carried out in collaboration with the health-tech company myTomorrows (, specialised in finding treatment options for patients with unmet medical needs, and Dr. Annette ten Teije and Dr. Ilaria Tiddi (both Knowledge Representation & Reasoning group, a world-leading group in knowledge representation and large-scale semantic technologies).  Regular contacts with the Knowledge Institute Federation of Medical Specialists in the Netherlands are also foreseen. 

Your duties

  • Do innovative research combining knowledge representation and machine learning methods for medical AI, in the context of the PROXCAI and LInkedGuidelines projects
  • Develop prototypes for the PROXCAI and LInkedGuidelines projects.
  • Publish research outputs and implementations in the international top conferences and journals
  • Contribute to creating a stimulating learning environment through MSc and BSc thesis supervision 


  • PhD in Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence or a closely related field
  • Expertise with knowledge graphs and semantic technologies is required, knowledge of machine learning for recommender systems or natural language processing is a plus
  • Affinity with the medical domain, good communication and presentation skills are required, as well as the ability to work in an international, public-private team

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,790 (scale 10) and a maximum €4,402 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 4 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus 
  • solid pension scheme (ABP) 
  • contribution to commuting expenses 
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the department, institute, project

The VU Department of Computer Science has approximately 170 staff members, including 35 tenured staff and 40-50 PhD students. Lecturers form a critical and essential basis for the functioning of the department, providing foundational education that helps determine the future of our students.

Our research and our students are diverse, covering disciplines such as Social sciences, Humanities, Economics, and Bioinformatics. Currently, we offer programs in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Information Sciences (BSc and MSc), and Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (MSc), with a total of around 1000 new students each year.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until January 3, 2021. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter. Starting date is flexible between January and April 2020. 

We strongly encourage women and minorities to apply. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Annette ten Teije
Position: Senior Associate Professor


Name: Ilaria Tiddi
Position: Assistant Professor

Relocation support

If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name: Wytske Siegersma
Position: Relocation Advisor

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