Job Description

The Artificial Intelligence lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is looking for an experienced researcher in the domains of machine learning, user modeling and usage profiling. The successful candidate will apply machine learning techniques to classify energy prosumers according to their energy usage profile and elicit accurate user models.

The candidate will be employed on the project “Scanergy”, funded as part of Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP), under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The objective of this project is to develop a scalable and modular system for energy trading between prosumers using smart meter technology and the application of artificial intelligence techniques. The system will implement innovative simulation and prediction models, as well as optimization and learning algorithms that will leverage a more effective and rational usage of energy resources available in a city. The project is in close collaboration with Sensing&Control – a software company based in Barcelona, Spain. Expected start date: September 2013.


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic and modern university and is the largest Dutch-speaking employer in the Brussels Region. The VUB is also an equal opportunity employer.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) lab is part of the Computer Science Department of the VUB. The lab is active in several research areas, such as multi-agent reinforcement learning, data mining, computational biology, evolution of language and grounded communication systems. Researchers at the AI lab apply machine learning techniques in a wide range of application domains, including telecom, medicine, supply chain management, mechatronics etc. 


To further strengthen the team of researchers at the AI lab, VUB is looking for a smart and highly motivated candidate with at least 4 years of research experience in one or more of the following topics:

  • Machine learning
  • Data mining
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Multi-agent systems


  • Not have resided (or carried out work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the last 3 years, counted from September 2013.
  • 4 years of research experience

What we offer

  • 2 years full-time contract with possibility of extension;
  • Excellent working environment in the capitol of Europe;
  • Competitive compensation based on experience


Interested candidates should apply, by submitting their CV and letter of motivation by e-mail to: Ann Nowé ( The deadline for the first round of applications to be received is 15th May 2013.