PhD position Artificial Intelligence

Department/faculty: Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Level: University Graduate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 4 years
Salary: 2325 - 2972 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty’s excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

Job description

The Delft University of Technology participates in the AI-for-Fintech Lab (AFL) in collaboration with IG. The goal of the lab is to perform world-class research at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, and Software Engineering in the context of FinTech. More information about AFL is available at the following link:

The Ph.D. position will focus on the intersection between AI and Software Testing, with attention to AI solutions for Testing and Testing solutions for AI.

More specifically, the research is concerned with the development of solutions  to test and validate AI-intensive systems, including the internal stages of the AI pipelines, the AI models, and the interaction with other non-AI-based components. Besides, AI (and computational intelligence in particular) is a powerful tool to foster and automated software testing. Part of the research will include the design of  AI-based solution (e.g., metaheuristics) to generate test cases for AI-intense systems and to predict test results. Background: Software Testing, Meta-heuristics, Artificial Intelligence.

Supervisors: Annibale Panichella, Arie van Deursen

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Job requirements

  • An excellent master's degree (or equivalent) in computer science, with a strong interest in at least one of the following ares: Software Testing, Optimization and Artificial Intelligence. Experience with Artificial Intelligence is not mandatory but it is highly beneficial.

  • Strong programming skills are required, preferably in Java and Python

  • Good communication and presentation skills in English

  • Ability to work in a team and a strong commitment to research.


Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For information about this vacancy, you can contact: Annibale Panichella, assistant professor in Software Engineering, Email:



To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV (with contact information of two referees) along with a letter of motivation, a detailed transcript of university grades, and proof of English proficiency. If applicable, please also attach a (draft) version of your Master thesis. Please send your application materials before March 1, 2020 to, mentioning vacancy EWI2019-90.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
University Graduate
Working hours
38.0 hours weekly
4 years
2325 - 2972 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Feb. 29, 2020
Vacancy nr.


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