PhD in Web Information Systems

Department/faculty: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2222 to €2840 per month gross

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.

The Department of Software Technology (ST) is one of the leading Dutch departments in research and academic education in computer science, employing over 150 people. The ST Department is responsible for a large part of the curriculum of the bachelor’s and master’s programmes in Computer Science as well as the master’s programme in Embedded Systems. The inspiration for its research topics is largely derived from technical ICT problems in industry and society related to large-scale distributed processing, embedded systems, programming productivity, and web-based information analysis.

The ST Web Information Systems group (WIS, concentrates in its research on engineering and science of the Web. The research specifically
considers the role of Web data in the engineering of Web-based information systems. The section is an internationally leading research group in Web-based systems, with WIS researchers and students striving to advance the state of the art in relevant disciplines like Web science, information retrieval, data
science, Web engineering, Web data management, crowdsourcing and analytics. WIS members are actively involved in Delft Data Science (DDS).      

Job description

The Web Information Systems group at TU Delft is looking for a PhD candidate to work on explanations for sequences of recommendations. The goal of the PhD research is to generate human readable explanations (text or graphics) for sequences of recommendations such as music playlists and travel itinerates. These explanations will help people understand how these sequences are generated and make better decisions about what to listen to, or go to, next.
This project presents opportunities to collaborate with some of the best research groups in the area of recommender systems in Europe.


We seek a PhD candidate with a background in a relevant discipline, such as Computational Linguistics (Natural Language Generation preferable), Visualization, Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction, or another related area. The PhD candidate has a (Research) Master’s degree in one of these areas, a strong interest in doing research, excellent professional communication and team working skills, and a good command of English. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have good programming skills, and to have experience with developing applications which communicate complex data to end users.
You will be expected to lead or strongly contribute to academic publications, and interact with stakeholders outside academia (e.g., end users, business, and public policy). Strong verbal and written communication skills are therefore also required.

Conditions of employment

The 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. The 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 more information about this position, please contact Dr. Nava Tintarev, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by October 15, 2017 to Dr. Tintarev,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI2017-10.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Master degree
Working hours
4 years
€2222 to €2840 per month gross

Closing date
Oct. 15, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Nava Tintarev, Assistant Professor.


For more information about the application procedure, please contact Nava Tintarev/Software Technology.