The Web Information Systems group at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands is looking for a PhD researcher, whose research focuses on the modeling and analysis of learners and their learning processes in the context of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The research to be conducted will largely be data-driven, using and improving technologies developed within various areas of computer science including information retrieval, data analytics and user modeling. It will be inspired by the big data challenges that MOOCs offer. We invite applications from candidates who: - Have a solid background in computer science or a related discipline; - Have been trained in areas such as information retrieval, big data processing, data mining, computational linguistics, web data management, data visualization or semantic web technologies; - Are able to rapidly prototype Web applications with a modern technology stack; - Are interested in contributing to open-source software projects such as the Open edX platform; - Have a passion for online education, the ability to collaborate in inter-disciplinary research, and the academic skills to be part of a research team aiming to make a high impact. Not necessary but useful are also: - Experience with large-scale data processing technologies such as Hadoop or Storm; - Prior teaching experience (both online and in the traditional classroom setting). The contract duration is 4 years for PhD student. TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. For more information about this position, please contact: Dr. Claudia Hauff, phone: +31 15 27 84570, e-mail: C.Hauff@tudelft.nl To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application to: Tamara Brusik, e-mail: T.Brusik@tudelft.nl The closing date for applications for this position is October 15, 2014.