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PhD position in Computational Deliberation (1.0 FTE) (220089)

Job description

Why build AI systems that replace people if we can build AI systems that collaborate with people? Hybrid Intelligence is the combination of human and machine intelligence, expanding human intellect instead of replacing it. Our goal is to design Hybrid Intelligent systems, an approach to Artificial Intelligence that puts humans at the centre, changing the course of the ongoing AI revolution. The project will be recruiting 27 PhD or postdoc positions in total. For more information on the project see:

Deliberation is a key ingredient for successful collective decision-making. In this project we will:

• investigate the mathematical and computational foundations of deliberative processes in groups of autonomous agents.
• lay the theoretical groundwork for modelling and analyzing how opinions are exchanged and evolve in groups of autonomous decision-makers
• develop principled methods for the design of deliberation procedures that can provably improve the quality of group decisions.

The objective of the temporary position is the production of a number of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, which together will form the basis of a thesis leading to a PhD degree (Dr) at the University of Groningen.


The successful candidate should have/ be:

• a motivated PhD student, with a keen interest in pursuing fundamental and interdisciplinary research at the interface of (computational) social choice theory, game theory, computational intelligence, and multi-agent systems
• a master’s degree or equivalent in artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, or theoretical economics
• good analytical skills and a positive attitude towards interdisciplinary work.


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 32,000 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 Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with the topic of computational deliberation. The position is in cooperation with the Computational Intelligence group of the Free University of Amsterdam. The candidate would become an integral part of the research group Multi-Agent systems of the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and will work under the supervision of Prof. Davide Grossi (University of Groningen) and Dr Eliseo Ferrante (VU Amsterdam).

Conditions of employment

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

  • a salary of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,972 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% end-of-the-year allowance
  • 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. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.


Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• letter of motivation
• 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 1 April 11:59pm / before 2 April 2020 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications received before 1 April 2020 will be given full consideration; however, the position will remain open until it is filled.

Hybrid Intelligence talent pool
If you want to be also considered for one of our other PhD positions, then also upload your documents to our Hybrid Intelligence talent pool at

Your information will then be shared among the researchers in the consortium, and you may be approached for one of the other positions listed on

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) and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Davide Grossi, d.grossi

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.