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Graduate teaching & research assistant, Interpretable representation learning

Department : Department of Computer Science
Regime : Full-time

The Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Sciences has the following full time (100%) vacancy

Graduate teaching & research assistant in the field of interpretable representation learning


As a graduate teaching & research assistant, you are part of the academic assistant staff (Dutch: Assisterend Academisch Personeel, AAP). You spend at least 50% of your working time preparing a PhD thesis. In addition, you play an assisting role in teaching, research and service activities.

PhD research

  • You work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of interpretable machine learning.


On the relationship between disentangled representations learned with Deep Neural Networks and Capsule Networks.

Capsule Networks (CapsNets) have being recently re-introduced as a more compact and interpretable alternative to deep neural Networks (DNNs). In recent years, capsule networks have proven capable of learning representation with higher stability/robustness towards perturbations, require lower number of parameters and encode semantic concepts in a hierarchical manner. This last aspect aims at making the learned representation more interpretable. Moreover, this last characteristic is quite related to that of Neural Networks and other models that aim at learning disentangled representations. The aim of this project is to analyse the relationship between disentangled representations learned by CNNs and CapsNets with the goal of assessing the strength and weaknesses of their interpretabilty capabilities as well as enabling continuous/online learning.

  • You organise your own PhD research and report on your progress regularly.
  • You participate in the doctoral study programme at the Antwerp Doctoral School to support your PhD pathway.
  • You present the findings of your PhD research at academic conferences and aim to publish them in scientific journals.
  • You provide support with teaching and also teach high-quality academic classes to computer science students from both the Bachelor and Master programmes.
  • You assist in the development of teaching methods, teaching and study materials, evaluations, etc..
  • You supervise students and their Bachelor and Master dissertations.
  • You assist in ongoing research projects and the activities of the Internet Data Lab (IDLab) research group.
  • You play an active role in the academic and societal service provision of IDLab. You also assist in student recruitment and alumni activities and serve on boards and committees, among other activities.


  • You hold a Master degree in computer science or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • You are motivated to work actively on your further professional development.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

 What we offer

  • We offer an appointment as a graduate teaching & research assistant for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the appointment can be renewed twice up to a maximum period of six years.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for an assistant (academic assistant staff, AAP).  
  • The planned start date is 1 September 2020.
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Drie Eiken in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here and discover all the other benefits.

 Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform until 26 July 2020. Click on 'apply', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following document(s): (1) a motivation letter and (2) your CV.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact prof. José Oramas –

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