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Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)
PhD student on the subject of Machine learning and space weather
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)
Founded in 1946, CWI is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands and is located at Science Park Amsterdam.
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Gepubliceerd: 1 maand geleden
Sluitingsdatum: sep. 15
Locatie: Amsterdam, Nederland
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PhD student on the subject of Machine learning and space weather

 Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Multiscale Dynamics research group for a talented

PhD student
on the subject of Machine learning and space weather.

Job description

The position involves research in machine learning techniques and Bayesian inference, applied to real-time forecasting of energetic electrons in the Earth radiation belts. These electrons can be harmful to satellites, whose disruption can potentially lead to catastrophic societal and economic events. The emerging field of Space Weather is concerned with making accurate predictions of such dangerous events, sufficiently in advance so that countermeasures can be taken.

The aim of this project is to advance our space weather prediction capability by enhancing physics based models with a new data-driven probabilistic framework. The project will involve state-of-the-art numerical simulations, Bayesian parameters estimation, uncertainty quantification and machine learning techniques.

The project ‘Real-time forecasting of killer electrons on satellite orbits’ is funded by NWO, the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research, through a 5-years VIDI grant. During the first half of the project, we aim to hire two postdocs (two years) and one PhD student (four years).


Candidates are required to have a Master’s degree in numerical methods, machine learning, or data science or a related discipline. Knowledge of computational physics and space plasma is desired, but not essential. Preferable qualifications for candidates include proven research talent, an excellent command of English, and good academic writing and presentation skills.

Terms and conditions PhD Student

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The initial labour agreement will be for a period of 18 months. After a positive evaluation, the agreement will be extended by 30 months. The gross monthly salary for a PhD student on a full time basis is €2,246 during the first year and increases to €2,879 over the four years period.

Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees.

Please visit our website for more information about our terms of employment:


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application screening will begin on 15 September 2017. Applications should be sent to and include:

  • A detailed CV including a summary of technical and scientific experiences and a synopsis of the Master thesis. If applicable, the CV may contain detailed descriptions of previous research projects, a list of publications, and/or presentations at scientific meetings.
  • A letter of motivation including research interests and reasons for applying for this position.
  • undergraduate and Master’s level certificates including university grades and the detailed list of university courses (with grades).

The applicant should arrange for two letters of recommendations to be sent from references who are acquainted with the applicants previous academic and/or research/professional activity.

The starting date is flexible, from 1 November 2017 onward.

For non-native English speakers, a TOEFL English language test might be required.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Enrico Camporeale,

For more information about CWI, please visit or watch our video “A Fundamental Difference” about working at CWI.

About Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and linked to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large.

CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 27 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.

CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam that is presently developing into a major location of research in the natural sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam and of the Vrije Universiteit as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.

Research group

For more information about the Machine Learning for Space Weather research at CWI, please visit our website 

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