Doctoral Candidate (PhD student) in Graph Representation Learning

University of Luxembourg


March 31, 2022


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The University of Luxembourg invites applications to this vacancy in the Department of Computer Science (https://

Topics: security and privacy in graph data aggregation

Your Role...

The candidate's tasks include the following:

  • Conduct excellent research in the field of graph representation learning
  • Communicate research results in international conferences and journals
  • Work constructively towards collectively defined research goals within a project
  • Write a doctoral dissertation in Computer Science
  • Assist in teaching activities
  • Co-supervise Master and/or Bachelor students
  • The successful candidate will contribute to the interdisciplinary research project “Reconstructing Gene Regulatory Networks with Neural Relational Inference”, funded by Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) at the university. The project aims to devise data-driven deep learning methods for inferring gene regulatory networks with high accuracy from single-cell gene expression data. In the project, the successful candidate will work closely with researchers from the Department of Life Sciences and Medicine, and she/he will focus on designing and implementing network inference methods.

    The successful candidate will be part of the Security and Trust of Software Systems group (SaToSS) at the Department of Computer Science, and she/he will be officially supervised by Dr. Jun Pang. For more information on the SaToSS research group, see: https: //

    What we expect from you…
  • A master degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related field
  • A strong mathematical background, and strong programming skills
  • Knowledge about deep learning models, and experience in machine learning on graphs (e.g., graph neural networks) will be considered as an advantage
  • Interest in biological networks or background in biology or single-cell data would be an asset
  • A proven interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Self-motivated, strong commitment, and ability to work in a team
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory
  • We offer...

  • A large and dynamic department with an exciting international environment
  • Training in scientific and transferable skills; participation in schools, conferences and workshops
  • In Short...
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month - extendable up to 48 months if required
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Foreseen starting date: July 1st 2022, or upon agreement
  • Employee and student status
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL04717
  • The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 37.101,36 (full time)

    How to apply...

    Applications, written in English, should be submitted online and should include:

  • A curriculum vitae (including your contact address, work experience, publications)
  • A cover letter indicating the research area of interest and your motivation (max one page)
  • A short description of your master thesis (max one page)
  • Transcript of grades from all university-level courses taken
  • Contact information for 2-3 referees
  • Please note that the cover letter must clearly state how the experience and interests of the candidate are related to the PhD topic advertised. Generic applications that are not tailored to the topic will not be considered.

    All documents should be uploaded in PDF format

    We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 31/03/2022.

    Applications by email will not be considered.

    The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

    In return you will get…
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR).
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …

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  • Further information...

    For further information, please contact Dr. Jun Pang at