Institute for Logic, Language and Computation


Job Vacancies at ILLC

  • PhD candidate in Algorithmics

    The ILLC LoCo group is looking for a PhD candidate in Algorithmics. The position is in the area of Algorithms and Complexity and part of the ILLC’s research programme in Logic and Computation.

    Research topics in this area include computational complexity, algorithms, Kolmogorov complexity, quantum computation, and (quantum) information theory. The day-to-day guidance of the candidate will be in the hands of Dr.L.Torenvliet. Prof.dr. H. Buhrman will act as formal thesis advisor. Ongoing projects in the group include investigations into structural properties of complexity classes, parameterized complexity, and Kolmogorov complexity, but the position is not necessarily tied to one project, and the candidate is welcome and encouraged to bring his or her own research interests in algorithmic subjects into the group.

    Application deadline: 30 April 2014. For more information, see

  • PhD candidate in Quantum Cryptography

    The Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam, and the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) are looking for a PhD candidate in the area of quantum cryptography.

    The aim of the PhD project is to develop new quantum-cryptographic protocols (beyond the task of key distribution) and explore their possibilities and limitations. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Christian Schaffner.

    Application deadline: 30 April 2014. For more information, see

  • Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships 2014

    The Leibniz – DAAD Research Fellowship programme is jointly carried out by the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Leibniz-DAAD fellowships offer highly-qualified, international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently completed their doctoral studies, the opportunity to conduct research at the Leibniz Institute of their choice in Germany.

    Application Deadline: 7 March 2014. For more information, see

  • Postdoctoral researcher in Statistical Machine Translation

    Within ILLC, the SLPL Lab, led by Dr Khalil. Sima'an, is seeking to attract three-year postdoctoral researchers in Statistical Machine Translation. In March 2014 the SLPL Lab. consists of 6 PhD candidates, 1 postdoctoral researcher and a programmer. The SLPL Lab still has 5 vacancies among which multiple postdoctoral positions on two projects: STW DatAptor, and NWO-VICI.

    Project description
    - Conduct research in SMT on, e.g., domain adaptation, semantic factors in SMT, paraphrasing, (hierarchical) reordering models, MT evaluation or statistical learning in SMT;
    - present and publish research findings together with team members in proceedings and journals;
    - program and test the developed algorithms in prototype systems and make these usable for other team members;
    - assist in guiding PhD and MSc students working on topics in Computational Linguistics at large;
    - while this is primarily a research position, the successful candidate will be expected to also make a small contribution to teaching.

    Application deadline: 1 June 2014. For more information, see

  • Two ILLC PhD candidates in Statistical Computational Linguistics

    The ILLC is looking for two PhD candidates in statistical machine translation with interest in meaning-preserving statistical models. Both PhD positions are part of a VICI project within the Statistical Language Processing and Learning (SLPL) Lab, lead by Dr. Khalil Sima’an and part of the Language and Computation research programme. Research topics in the SLPL Lab. include statistical machine translation, paraphrasing, parsing, morphology and machine learning for language processing.

    Application deadline: 18 May 2014. For more information, see or contact Dr. Khalil Sima'an at k.simaan at

  • PhD Fellowship at ILLC

    The Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam is looking for a PhD candidate. It is the intention of the ILLC to embed this position in the newly founded Joint Research Center in Logic (JRC), a collaboration project between the University of Amsterdam and the Tsinghua University in Beijing. For this reason, the project must meet at least one of the following criteria:
    - the topic of the project falls within the scope of the current programmes of the JRC;
    - the project can be co-supervised by an ILLC staff member and a researcher in Beijing.

    Application deadline: 15 May 2014. For more information, see