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/Job opportunities/Junior Data Scientist & PhD in Probabilistic Machine Learning – OnePlanet Research Center

Junior Data Scientist & PhD in Probabilistic Machine Learning – OnePlanet Research Center

Research & development - Wageningen | More than two weeks ago

For a curious and motivated young professional who can combine working as a Junior Data Scientist with doing a full PhD at Donders Institute

Junior Data Scientist & PhD in Probabilistic Machine Learning –
OnePlanet Research Center

Innovating towards a healthier future with chip and digital technology in food and health

In 2050 we are expected to live with 10 billion people on this planet. To let all those people live and eat well, while they take care of our planet, we need groundbreaking, sustainable (technology) solutions. That’s why we, at OnePlanet Research Center, are questioning ourselves:

What if we can measure and understand what is good for the world and for each individual person? In terms of food and agriculture, in terms of health?
What if we can empower people towards more sustainable choices?
What if we can make data-driven nutrition and health possible?
What if we can manage stress to make people more resilient?
What if we can monitor the health of plants and animals?
What if we develop technology which does not adversely affect our environment, but which supports it?
What if we can transform mass production of food into personalized food on demand?
What if …?

At OnePlanet Research Center we don’t just imagine it. We work on it. We dream and do. We research and develop digital technology in food, agriculture and health domains achieving behavior change. Change that is needed to create a healthier future, for our planet and for humanity.

OnePlanet Research Center
Innovation center for chip and digital technology in food and health

OnePlanet Research Center is a multidisciplinary collaboration agreement between Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Radboud University, Radboudumc and imec. We use the latest chip and digital technology to create a society in which everyone can live a healthy life and has access to good and sufficient food.

We initiate groundbreaking, fundamental and applied research, groundbreaking innovations and smart product development. This is only possible by using and bringing together great ideas, innovations and chip and digital technologies from different disciplines and work closely together with industry. 

We ensure that companies, education, researchers, social institutions and citizens work together. We combine specialisms from the fields of agriculture, food and health and turn dreams into feasible solutions that contribute to a more sustainable society.

What you will do

As a Junior Data Scientist at OnePlanet Research Center, you will have the unique opportunity to combine this work while doing a full PhD in the AI department at Donders Institute under supervision of Dr. Ambrogioni and Prof. van Gerven.

The goal of the PhD project is to combine variational inference and reinforcement learning under the theoretical framework of dual control. Special attention will be devoted to computational efficiency as the framework needs to be deployed on smart devices. The candidate is going to use probabilistic programming languages such as Brancher ( to design digital twins of complex systems. These digital twins will be used in model-based reinforcement learning techniques designed to adaptively control smart sensors and other devices.

The framework will be applied to different use cases of OnePlanet in the areas of personalized healthcare, nutrition, behavior and agriculture. You will also be part of the INTENSE project, which aims to develop the next generation of neurotechnology. One of your main tasks is to develop algorithms for closed-loop controls of human brain activity.

If you want to learn more about Donders Institute, you can find below more information about the different research areas they focus on:

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University Nijmegen

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes:

  1. Language and communication
  2. Perception, action and control
  3. Plasticity and memory
  4. Neural computation and neurotechnology

Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as excellent and recognized as a 'very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent'. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.

What we do for you

We offer a challenging and international environment at the forefront of technology, in an international network of renowned industrial customers. This is your opportunity to bring new technologies to the market that will have an impact on tomorrow’s society.

OnePlanet Research Center is a multidisciplinary collaboration agreement between Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Radboud University, Radboudumc and imec. Imec The Netherlands, as an employer of choice, offers you an attractive compensation and benefits package including a 100% employer paid pension plan and flexible working hours. Furthermore, imec-NL offers a wide range of training possibilities.

At the same time OnePlanet is a new collaboration of 3 renowned and globally respected research institutes/universities. By joining the OnePlanet team, you will be part of a team of world changers; disruptive innovators and practical thinkers. Here, your ideas will have an impact on our future lives. 

Who you are

We are looking for a highly motivated person with the following assets:

  • You hold a master’s degree in AI, computer science, physics or mathematics. 
  • You have a good understanding of modern probabilistic machine learning techniques.
  • Strong programming skills: to be able to implement ML algorithms in languages like Python, C, C++ or C#.
  • Experienced with deep learning and with libraries such as PyTorch or Tensorflow is recommended.
  • Prior experience with variational inference and reinforcement learning is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • You are able to deal with ambiguity and you see change as an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • You are a quick learner who is interested in acquiring new skills and competences.
  • Hands-on attitude; which means taking initiative, thinking pro-actively, having a flexible attitude and solving problems.
  • You are interested in a broad range of health-related topics such as nutrition, behaviour, biology.


Are you interested in this position and do you want to learn more about it, then you can talk to Frank Wolfs, Talent Acquisition Lead OnePlanet. You can reach Frank via +31(0)6-50837563. If you wish to apply then please submit your resume and a cover letter.

Click on ‘apply’ to submit your application. You will then be redirected to e-recruiting.