Postdoctoral Position in Explainable AI and Natural Language Processing

Catholic University of Leuven Department of Computer Science


The postdoctoral position is provided by the HCI-LIIR Language Intelligence and Information Retrieval lab ( of the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven, Belgium. KU Leuven ranks among the top 50 universities in THE World University Rankings 2021.


We offer a two-year postdoctoral position on the topic of explainable AI in the context of natural language processing of clinical reports. The postdoctoral position is financed by the CHIST-ERA project ANTIDOTE (ArgumeNtaTIon-Driven explainable artificial intelligence fOr digiTal mEdicine). The project focuses on deep learning models for text classification in the medical domain, where the need for high quality explanations of clinical decisions is critical. The project proposes an integrated approach for the understanding of textual medical data and the generation of a textual explanation to justify a medical diagnosis made by a neural network, so that clinicians can judge its validity. 


* We offer a postdoctoral position for 2 years (can be prolonged) starting April 1, 2021.

* We offer a competitive wage and yearly budget to attend conferences.

* We offer the opportunity for personal development beyond research including the supervision of master and PhD students and the possibility to contribute to teaching.

If interested,please apply the latest by January 31, 2021. Excellent candidates will be invited for an online interview. The position will be closed once a suitable candidate is found.



* Perform fundamental research in natural language processing, machine learning and explainable AI resulting in publications in highly-ranked venues.

* Collaborate with the other European partners of the ANTIDOTE project.

* Carry out some teaching duties, which may include lectures, the organization of student seminars, and the supervision of bachelor and master theses.



* You have (or are near completion of) a PhD in Computer Science (or a related field). 

* You have a demonstrated expertise in machine learning, deep neural networks and natural language processing. Expertise in structured prediction and/or structured generation is a plus.

* You have an outstanding track record of publications in relevant international peer-reviewed A ranked conferences and in journals with high impact factor in the fields of machine learning and natural language processing.

* You are good at collaborating with others.

* You work proactively and independently and have good communication skills.

* You have an excellent knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written as well as of another European language (e.g., French, Spanish or Italian).

* You are highly motivated, ambitious and result-oriented.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Marie-Francine Moens, tel.: +32 16 32 53 83, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than January 31, 2021 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: January 31, 2021
  • Tags: Computerwetenschappen

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