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15 PhD Degree-Fully Funded at University of Groningen, Netherlands

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University of Groningen, Netherlands invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.


(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Security and Privacy of Conversational AI Systems (1.0 FTE) (222511)

The development of conversational AI technology has seen rapid progress in recent years, both chat-based (a.k.a. text-based) and voice-based, enabled by large pre-trained language models. The technology is highly successful in conversational agents that support a large number of services, such as Alexa and Siri. In particular, in the Dutch ecosystem, diverse economic stakeholders share an ambition to develop increased technological autonomy in the area of conversational AI.

Deadline : 1 November 2022 

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Natural Language Processing/Conversational AI (1.0 FTE) (222544)

This position is embedded in the soon-to-be-launched project “Low-Resource Chat-based Conversational Intelligence (LESSEN)”, which is funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The project’s consortium brings together a diverse set of academic researchers and industrial stakeholders from across The Netherlands. Together, the project partners will develop, implement and evaluate state-of-the-art safe and transparent chat-based conversational AI agents based on state-of-the-art neural architectures (

Deadline : 1st October 2022 

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD in Privacy-preserving/ Decentralized Processing of Genomic Data (1.0 FTE) (222452)

In this PhD project, we are broadly interested in the development of techniques for privacy-preserving processing of genomic data over decentralized infrastructures. The work will involve the integration of (novel/existing) privacy-enhancing technologies including, but not limited to, zero-knowledge proofs, multi-party computing, homomorphic encryption and differential privacy to distributed ledgers to enable various genome-wide association studies between multiple organizations.

Deadline : 1 October 2022

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in TR-ARPES (1.0 FTE) (222543)

In our group, we study the electronic structures of quantum materials by time- and angel-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and scanning probe microscopy (STM, AFM). Quantum materials, such as graphene and topological insulators, are materials that exhibit quantum properties and emergent phenomena at a macroscopic scale, and often exhibit peculiar electronic band structure. ARPES is a powerful technique that can be used to directly measure the electronic band structure of materials, and time-resolved ARPES (TR-ARPES) can even track changes in the electronic band structure upon excitation of the material with light. Studying the excited band structure of materials is, unfortunately, not trivial, as one has to overcome limitations set by the available time and energy resolution, and minimize the impact of various experimental artefacts. As TR-ARPES offers the best possibility for measurements of quantum materials outside of equilibrium, this PhD project will entail developing a TR-ARPES setup to optimise the achievable the time and energy resolution. You will have the following main tasks:

Deadline :  19 September 2022

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position: Upscaling sediment-petrographic properties of a clastic reservoir (222541)

We are looking for a PhD student who will investigate the upscaling of petrographic heterogeneity of the Rotliegend sandstone reservoir of the Groningen gas field within a wider project entitled “The role of heterogeneity in controlling the geomechanical behavior of sandstone reservoirs”. The petrographic composition (detrital and authigenic mineralogy, sedimentary facies, grain shape and size, …) of the reservoir is thought to be one of the factors controlling its geomechanical behavior.

Deadline : 16 September 2022

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Discovering the psychology of communicating tipping points for social change (222542)

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for the following 4-year PhD position on the NWO SSH Open Competition funded project: Now or never: Discovering the psychology of communicating tipping points for societal change. Social change often happens slowly, yet sometimes occurs rapidly after a certain tipping point is reached. This research proposes and tests whether communicating such tipping points (i.e., it’s “now or never”.) motivates people to act together for social change. This can occur with respect to political change (e.g., in an election campaign), but also to global issues affecting societies worldwide, such as climate change. Unfortunately, we know little about whether and how communicating tipping points is effective. In this project, we study a new model that hypothesizes that effectively communicated tipping points are characterized by a sense of urgency (now) and the idea that consequences of not engaging in action will be severe (or never).

Deadline : September 14, 2022

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Frisian speech technology (1.0 FTE) (222532)

As the position will be integrated in the Speech Lab Groningen and the Center for Groningen Language and Culture at the Faculty of Arts, collaboration with other PhD students (Martijn Bartelds, Wietse de Vries) who are (partly) focusing on speech technology for the regional Groningen language variant is important for the project. To further benefit this project, it will be co-supervised by two experts on Frisian speech technology, D. Matt Coler at the Faculty Campus Fryslân, and Dr Jelske Dijkstra of the Fryske Akademy, both located in Leeuwarden. Collaboration with (PhD) student projects (such as those of Phat Do, Frank Hopwood, and Xiyuan Gao) conducted at these institutes is expected to benefit all involved projects. The project should contribute to infrastructure for speech technology for Frisian, specifically taking advantage of current projects on speech recognition and speech synthesis at Fryske Akademy and Campus Fryslân. To facilitate the integration in the two institutes in Leeuwarden, besides the main work place in Groningen, the candidate may spend a part of the week in Leeuwarden and would have a workspace at Campus Fryslân.

Deadline : 12 September 2022

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position Humor and Free Speech (1.0 FTE) (222536)

We are offering a 48-month PhD position (full time, 1.0 FTE) within the project ‘Forensic Humor Analysis: Rethinking Offensive Humor and Its Legal Regulation’, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) with a five-year Vidi grant (Principal Investigator: Dr Alberto Godioli, University of Groningen). The appointed candidate will have an expertise in humanities-based humor research – with particular regard to literary, cultural and/or linguistic approaches to humor –, as well as a strong interest in working within an interdisciplinary context.

Deadline : 9 September 2022

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position: Innovative financial instruments for sustainable landscapes (222540)

The need for halting biodiversity loss and maintaining and improving other ecosystem services and landscape quality is broadly felt across the world and this motivates the project: Good intentions in nature and landscape conservation by stakeholders are often hindered by the lack of financial resources. During the last decades, nature conservationists and entrepreneurs have initiated experiments with new financial instruments. In several of these, ‘customers’ pay for ecosystem services (i.e. those cultural, regulating or provisioning services not covered by regular markets). However, the most efficient and effective ways for doing so are unclear, especially since information and transaction costs are high. Combining expertise in sustainable finance, ecosystem services, and nature and landscape valuation, this project engages in a series of experiments with landscape securities as a standardized low-transaction-cost form of financial support, held by both businesses and citizens. The project joins forces with the Northern Netherlands National Parks and NWB Bank and other important stakeholders in a co-production of knowledge approach. The experiments are place based and builds among others on the greenmapper software developed by the University of Groningen (

Deadline : 5 September 2022

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position on Sustainable health behavior change (1.0 FTE) (222406E)

It is a well-known phenomenon that many people try to change their unhealthy behavior, but very few persist. This problem contributes to many illnesses and early deaths that might have been prevented. Therefore, new knowledge on the psychological laws of long-term behavior change is needed. In this project some brand new perspectives on long-term behavioral change are tested in different research designs (experimental, cohort and qualitative research). This new knowledge can be used, for example, to design more effective sensor and information technology, such as feedback systems on a smartwatch, to support sustained behavior change. Until now, the effectiveness of these system on long-term behavior change is very limited.

Deadline : 5 September 2022

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: SCOOP PhD position “The merits and defects of competition” (1.0 FTE) (222473)

We are seeking a candidate for a PhD project on the philosophical and social psychological aspects of competition in science, with the aim of understanding the balance between competitive and collaborative aspects of the scientific enterprise. The position is located at the Faculty of Philosophy but the project is part of a collaboration between social psychologists and philosophers of science working on the epistemological characteristics of groups. The PhD candidate will work on a philosophical project that bridges social epistemology and social psychology.

Deadline : 31 August 2022

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: SCOOP PhD Interdisciplinary data integration and evidence amalgamation (1.0 FTE) (222472)

We are seeking a candidate for a PhD project on the philosophical and statistical aspects of data integration across scientific disciplines, with the aim of understanding the evidential value of such interdisciplinary, integrated data sets. The position is located at the Faculty of Philosophy but the project is part of a collaboration between data scientists and philosophers of science working on the epistemology of data science. The PhD candidate will work on a project in the philosophy of science that maintains strong ties to statistics and statistical methodology.

Deadline : 31 August 2022

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in biophysics: Cell division at the nanoscale (1.0 FTE) (222491)

We are looking for a PhD candidate with a biophysics background. The aim of this PhD project is to develop (live-cell) STED super resolution microscopy methods to visualize how the DNA copies are separated during cell division. Affinity for wet-lab work, and experience in general programming (Python) and optics are desirable.

Deadline :29 August 2022

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position Energy Law (1.0 FTE) (222458)

We are seeking a PhD candidate that researches the synergies between energy communities (EC) and electric mobility from a legal perspective, in particular with a focus on EU and Dutch law. The successful development and functioning of flexible ECs (as envisaged by this project) also depends on the legal framework and the regulation of various actors such as ECs, consumers, distribution system operators (DSO), producers, and suppliers. While the topic of EC quickly gained popularity in the past years and they are now also recognized by the EU legal framework of the energy sector, many legal questions concerning their role for the energy transition remain. Combining the concept of EC with electric mobility seems promising, however, certainly this will also require researching new legal questions. Some of the main questions that need to be addressed by the PhD candidate include the following: (i) What is an EC, i.e., which legal criteria qualify an initiative to become an EC, including the legal form, the activities, the purpose, and the scope? (ii) Whether and under which conditions can energy be traded and transported within ECs and what is the role of DSOs in this context? How to regulate the transport and supply of electricity via EVs and the use of EVs as a tool to store electricity and avoid grid congestion? (iii) How can ECs contribute to ‘community benefits’ and ‘social inclusion’ as established by the EU directives and what is the impact of the different means of electricity transportation? In addition to carrying out the research to answer those questions, it is also of utmost importance that the PhD candidate actively engages in the interdisciplinary dialogue of this project. The findings of the other (PhD) researchers involved in this project are relevant for the legal research and, vice versa, the PhD candidate will need to explain intermediate results to the other researchers on a continuous basis.

Deadline : 22 August 2022

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Molecular Microbiology, Infection mechanisms of archaeal viruses (222521)

The research group ‘Biology of Archaea and Viruses’ is studying infection mechanisms of archaeal viruses. Archaea are ubiquitous microorganisms that form a separate domain of life. Compared with bacteria and eukaryotes, relatively little is known about the cell biology and ecological roles of archaea. A prominent feature of archaea is the extraordinary diversity of their viruses. Archaeal viral particles have many unique shapes not encountered for bacterial and eukaryotic viruses. We focus on the infection strategies of archaeal viruses and study the molecular mechanisms underlying essential steps of the viral infection cycle, such as attachment, entry and release of the host cell. Since these processes take place at the cell surface, we are also actively studying the archaeal cell surface and surface appendages using the halophilic euryarchaeon Haloferax volcanii as a model. Studying the infection mechanisms of archaeal viruses can provide insight into the evolutionary history of viruses and help to understand adaptation to extreme environments. This particular project focusses on how archaeal viruses compete with each other for access to cellular resources.

Deadline : 15 August 2022

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About The University of Groningen, Netherlands  –Official Website

The University of Groningen is a public research university in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. The university was founded in 1614 and is the second-oldest university in the Netherlands. In 2014, the university celebrated its 400th anniversary. Currently, RUG is placed in the top 100 universities worldwide according to three international ranking tables.

The university was ranked 65th in the world, according to Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2019. In April 2013, according to the results of the International Student Barometer, the University of Groningen, for the third time in a row, was voted the best university of the Netherlands.

The University of Groningen has eleven faculties, nine graduate schools, 27 research centres and institutes, and more than 175-degree programmes. The university’s alumni and faculty include Johann Bernoulli, Aletta Jacobs, four Nobel Prize winners, nine Spinoza Prize winners, one Stevin Prize winner, royalty, multiple mayors, the first president of the European Central Bank, and a secretary general of NATO.



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