PhD position available

Computational Construction Grammar and AI

One fully funded PhD position financed through the Flemish AI Impulse Program led by Prof. Katrien Beuls is now available at the Artificial Intelligence Lab (Evolutionary & Hybrid AI - EHAI), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to team up with a multidisciplinary team of researchers investigating Evolutionary and Hybrid AI. The research will be conducted in the framework of the project "Acquiring domain knowledge through natural language dialogue" at the interface of the areas of computational construction grammar and emergent communication.

  • Candidate profile:

    An academic degree (Master) in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics or closely related fields.

  • Project Description:

    The selected candidate will work on a project that investigates how gaps in domain knowledge of either a human or an intelligent system can be identified, and filled through natural language dialogue. For doing so, he or she will need to combine symbolic techniques from computational construction grammar and dialogue modelling, with the goal of building a conversational agent that (i) can interact naturally on both the grammatical and discourse level, (ii) reason about the knowledge that needs to be acquired either by the human or by the agent and (iii) integrate the acquired knowledge into its knowledge base for later reuse.

  • Expected skills:
    The candidate will be expected to have:
    • Fluency in English.
    • Good programming skills.
    • Interest in advancing the state of the art in Artificial Intelligence.
    • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.
  • Starting date: as soon as possible.
  • How to apply:

    Applicants must send the following documents by e-mail ( - PDF files only):

    • Cover letter of motivation with contact information (max. 2 pages).
    • A detailed CV
    • Transcripts of academic records of Master’s degrees and degree certificates.
    • Two letters of recommendation (sent directly by the authors to
    • A writing sample (max. 4,000 words) or published paper, if available.

    Interviews with pre-selected candidates will be held before mid August, 2019.

  • Application deadline:

    You may apply for this position until 23:59 pm (Brussels local time) on Monday, 22 July 2019. For informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Katrien Beuls (