Postdoc in Forensic Detection of Deep Fake Videos

University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science


Postdoc position in Forensic Detection of Deep Fake Videos

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Science
Educational level:  PhD
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  15 October 2022
Vacancy number:  10258

Do you want to do research at the frontier of Artificial Intelligence to support forensic investigators? Then this position will be of interest to you. The Multimedia Analytics (MultiX) group of the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) have started the AI4Forensics lab. To strengthen the lab, we are seeking a post-doctoral researcher. The goal of the lab is to develop forensically sound innovative AI methods, which have a probabilistic interpretation, and which are accompanied by visualizations to make the methods and the results explainable to non-experts.  The methods developed in the lab will in due course be used in casework of the Netherlands Forensic Institute and therefore your work directly contributes to a safer Dutch society.

The postdoc position is aimed at developing methods for determining whether videos are real or deep fakes. We target detection techniques that stay ahead of what is possible in generating deep fakes, leveraging the best in computer vision as well as the knowledge of forensic experts who interactively can steer the analysis process through appropriate visualizations

What are you going to do?

Tasks and responsibilities
You are expected to:

  • perform research in the automatic and interactive detection of deep fakes;
  • develop AI tools to be used in forensic casework and to evaluate them with expert users;
  • collaborate with other researchers in our Multimedia Analytics (MultiX) group;
  • work one day a week on average at the Netherlands Forensic Institute to intensively collaborate with digital forensics experts;
  • contribute to our education activities e.g., as assistant to a course and/or guiding students in their thesis work.

What do you have to offer?

You are eager to work in an interdisciplinary setting where you can leverage your excellent skills in AI to contribute to a safer society.

Your experience and profile:

  • a doctoral degree (PhD) in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science or related field;
  • a strong scientific expertise in (Explainable) Machine Learning;
  • demonstrated experience in using and developing deep learning based methods in python;
  • the ability and willingness to acquire expertise on forensic processes;
  • good writing and communication skills in English;
  • a certificate of conduct (part of the hiring procedure when selected).

Knowledge and expertise in the forensic field is recommended and counts as a plus.

Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for 32-38 hours per week for a period of 28 months. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant workexperience, ranges between € 2,960 to € 4,670 (scale 10). This does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance the UvA offers. The UFO profile Researcher 4 is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime);
  • Multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • Partly paid parental leave;
  • The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • The possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • Help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.

About us

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The mission of the Informatics Institute (IvI) is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.

The Multimedia Analytics Lab Amsterdam (MultiX) is a research group within the Informatics Institute. MultiX researches multimedia analytics by developing AI techniques for getting the richest information possible from the data, visualizations, and interactions surpassing human and machine intelligence. We blend multi-modal data in effective interfaces for applications in health, forensics and law enforcement, cultural heritage, urban livability, and social media analysis.

Next to participating in the AI4Forensics Lab with NFI, MultiX also takes part in AIMlab and Police Lab AI. All three labs are strongly embedded in the larger UvA and Amsterdam artificial intelligence ecosystem with strong connections to multiple Innovation Centre for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) and the UvA’s Data Science Centre.

The knowledge and research agenda for Digital Forensic Investigation of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), focuses on the development of new methods, tools and procedures for obtaining and processing digital material for the purpose of investigating and providing evidence in criminal cases.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

Any questions?

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Prof. Marcel Worring, group leader of MultiX, for general questions on the position;


  • Prof. Zeno Geradts of the Netherlands Forensic Institute, for questions concerning the forensic aspects of the work.

Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 15 October 2022.

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your CV should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • a list of publications.

Please make sure to provide ALL requested documents mentioned above.
You can use the CV field to upload your resume as a separate pdf document. Use the Cover Letter field to upload the other requested documents, including the motivation letter, as one single pdf file.

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the end of October 2022.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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