PhD Projects

NoBIAS will deliver a cohort of 15 PhDs working on different aspects of the bias and AI topic. The detailed projects are as follows:

15 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers (Ph.D. research positions) Innovative Training Network: NoBIAS – Artificial Intelligence without Bias

Locations of the positions: Germany, Greece, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium.

Positions starting before July 1st, 2020

Reference: NoBIAS ITN

15 PhD positions are offered within NoBIAS- Artificial Intelligence without Bias, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 860630.

NoBIAS aims at developing novel methods for AI-based decision making without bias by taking into account ethical and legal considerations in the design of technical solutions. The core objectives of NoBIAS are to understand legal, social and technical challenges of bias in AI-decision making, to counter them by developing fairness-aware algorithms to automatically explain AI results, and to document the overall process for data provenance and transparency.

NoBIAS will train a cohort of 15 ESRs (Early-Stage Researchers) to address problems with bias through multi-disciplinary training and research in computer science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, law and social science. ESRs will acquire practical expertise in a variety of sectors from healthcare, telecommunication, finance, marketing, media, software, and legal consultancy to broadly foster legal compliance and innovation. Technical, interdisciplinary and soft-skills will give ESRs a head start towards future leadership in industry, academia, or government.

Each ESR will work in an individual research project in a different host institution and will participate in academic and inter-sectoral secondments at the premises of other NoBIAS members. The positions are offered full-time for three years (36 months). As a successful candidate, you will:

  • Conduct research at your host institute in the context of the NoBIAS project.
  • Engage in the NoBIAS research activities and actively collaborate within the consortium.
  • Actively participate in the training programme offered by the NoBIAS ITN.
  • Engage with researchers at NoBIAS partner organizations across the EU.
  • Conduct research visits and secondments according to the individual career development plan.

Available positions and application details: The available positions are outlined below. Please submit your application directly to the organization hosting the corresponding position.

  1. GESIS-1: Socio-technical networks of bias generation (hosted by GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany) Description and application. Please contact: Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (katharina.kinder-kurlanda@gesis.org)
  2. KULEUVEN-1: Discovering biased representations of people (hosted by KU Leuven, Belgium) Description and application. Please contact: Bettina Berendt (bettina.berendt@kuleuven.be)
  3. CERTH-1: Discovering and quantifying bias (hosted by CERTH, Thessaloniki, Greece – Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Lab, contact persons: Symeon Papadopoulos [papadop@iti.gr], Yiannis Kompatsiaris [ikom@iti.gr]). Description and application
  4. UNIPI-1: Causality analysis of data for domain-specific bias understanding (hosted by University of Pisa, Italy) Description and application. Please contact: Salvatore Ruggieri (salvatore.ruggieri@unipi.it)
  5. L3S-1: Documenting bias in data through ontologies (hosted by Leibniz University Hannover, Germany) Please contact: Maria-Esther Vidal (vidal@l3s.de) Description and application
  6. OU-1: Data enrichment for mitigating bias (hosted by Open University, United Kingdom) Please contact: Miriam Fernandez (miriam.fernandez@open.ac.uk) Description and application
  7. CERTH-2: Bias mitigation in classification methods (hosted by CERTH, Thessaloniki, Greece – Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Lab, contact persons: Symeon Papadopoulos [papadop@iti.gr], Yiannis Kompatsiaris [ikom@iti.gr]) Description and application
  8. GESIS-2: Bias mitigation in ranking methods (hosted by GESIS, Germany). Contact persons: Fariba Karimi [fariba.karimi@gesis.org] and Claudia Wagner [claudia.wagner@gesis.org]. Link to the announcement.
  9. IRI-1: Legal issues of mitigating bias at a national and EU level (hosted by Leibniz University Hannover, Germany) Contact person: Christian Heinze Description and application
  10. ECS-2: Explaining prediction models by argumentation (hosted by University of Southampton, United Kingdom, contact persons Steffen Staab [S.R.Staab@soton.ac.uk], Thanassis Tiropanis [t.tiropanis@southampton.ac.uk]). Link to the announcement.
  11. SCHUFA-1: Explaining white-model predictions (hosted by SCHUFA, Germany) Description and application. Contact persons: Klaus Broelemann[Klaus.Broelemann@schufa.de] and Silvia Mieth [jobs@schufa.de]
  12. ECS-1: Collective elicitation of bias coming from inaccessible algorithms (hosted by University of Southampton, United Kingdom, contact persons Steffen Staab [S.R.Staab@soton.ac.uk], Thanassis Tiropanis [t.tiropanis@southampton.ac.uk]). Link to the announcement.
  13. UNIPI-2: Declarative explanation of black-box decisions (hosted by University of Pisa, Italy) Description and application. Please contact: Salvatore Ruggieri (salvatore.ruggieri@unipi.it)
  14. LS-1: Combining a technical, legal, and ethical assessment of the rights to information and explanation (hosted by University of Southampton, United Kingdom) (s.stalla-bourdillon@soton.ac.uk) Link to the announcement.
  15. L3S-2: Time-dependent monitoring and mitigation for bias (hosted by Leibniz University Hannover, Germany) Contact person: Eirini Ntoutsi Description and application

General eligibility criteria

To be eligible the applicant must satisfy the mobility requirements of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, explained in full detail at [1]. According to these guidelines, at the time of recruitment, the potential candidate:

  • “must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account ”.
  • “be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree”.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.

Required documents:

  • Detailed CV in Europass format (template available in the following link) in English, highlighting your achievements and fit to the applied position.
  • Scans of BSc and/or MSc transcripts, with certified translation in English (if the degree qualification is not in English or in the language of the hosting country);
  • A motivation letter in English, highlighting why you will be a good fit for the position and why you want to be a NoBIAS ESR to carry out of a PhD.
  • Contact details or recommendation letters of two referees in English or in certified translation;
  • Scanned copy of valid identification document;
  • Proof of excellent command of English (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or equivalent). This is not required in case of native English speakers (i.e., English is your mother tongue).

Please check the additional specific requirements of each available position.

Applications will be processed according to the rules of the corresponding host institute and in compliance with the general rules for projects in the H2020/Marie Skłodowska-Curie programmes.

NoBIAS ITN has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 860630.