PhD in Position Artificial Intelligence-Supported Behaviour Change in Netherlands 2021

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam offers a PhD position Artificial Intelligence-Supported Behaviour Change in the 2021/22 academic session.

Project details:

Coronary artery diseases (CAD) is a leading cause of disease burden worldwide. The disease develops gradually of the course of a lifetime, which prominently involves multiple modifiable risk factors (lifestyle) For patients who already developed CAD, self-management is generally considered the most important strategy to keep the disease manageable and prevent further progression, However, the large heterogeneity among CAD patients requires a fine-grained assessment of CAD risk profiles as well as a personalized support with lifestyle change.

The aim of this European Horizon 2020-funded project is the development and implementation of a healthcare platform, involving an artificial intelligence-powered decision support and conversational tools, that allow for personalized risk evaluation, outcome prediction, and tailored behaviour change interventions. These tools will be developed and tested in collaboration with multiple European academic centres and companies; encompassing the fields of cardiovascular medicine, behaviour change, medical psychology, artificial intelligence, and computational linguistics. The PhD position has an intended starting date of 1 February 2021.

The activities and skills that the PhD candidate will utilize and develop include:

  • develop and test mobile sensing techniques, specifically computational methods for context-aware of mobile applications;
  • develop and test conversational agents using dialogue modelling for psychosocial assessment and lifestyle interventions;
  • consideration of ethical considerations of these technological solutions;
  • writing papers jointly with team members;
  • communicating the results of the studies to academic and general audiences;
  • complete a PhD thesis.
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Worth of Award

  • The salary will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week.
  • The salary is exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.


Candidates for this position should have a (research) master’s degree in computer science, computational linguistics, psychology, communication science, or equivalent.

In addition, you:

  • can demonstrate experience with research on communication technologies and health;
  • have training or experience in natural language processing techniques;
  • have a strong foundation in statistical and computational skills and programming (e.g., R, Python);
  • have excellent organizational and social skills;
  • have a keen interest in multidisciplinary research and collaboration;
  • have compelling ability to communicate your research with peers the broader research community and stakeholders;
  • have excellent English writing and presentation skills. Speaking (or willingness to learn) Dutch is preferable.
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How to Apply

  • Interested candidates can send in their applications by clicking on the link below.
  • Please be prepared to upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae

Deadline: The deadline for full consideration is November 30, 2020.


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