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New three year interdisciplinary project, HUMAINT

HUMAINT project
Oct 10 2017

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is very happy to announce a novel research initiative on the topic of machine learning and human behaviour.

The JRC Centre for Advanced Studies (JRC-CAS) was established to enhance the JRC’s capabilities to meet emerging challenges at the science-policy interface.

JRC-CAS is now launching the three year interdisciplinary project HUMAINT to understand the potential impact of machine learning in human behaviour and societal welfare. It will be carried out at JRC centre in Seville, Spain.

There will be close collaboration with the Music Technology Group and the Department of Information and Communication Technologies of Universitat Pompeu Fabra  in Barcelona, Spain andIt will be lead by  Dr. Emilia Gómez (

  1. provide a scientific understanding of machine vs human intelligence; 
  2. analyze the influence of machine learning algorithms into human behaviour 
  3. investigate to what extent these findings should influence the European regulatory framework.


In the context of this project, three postdoc positions are open for appointment in the area of machine learning and human behaviour from January 1, 2018, at the Joint Research Centre (European Commission) in Seville, Spain.

The fully funded positions are available for a period of three years. Particular areas of interests:

  • Fairness, accountability, transparency, explainability of machine learning methods.
  • Social, ethical and economic aspects of artificial intelligence.
  • Human-computer interaction and human-centered machine learning.
  • Digital and behavioural economy.
  • Application domains: music and arts, social networks, health, transport, energy.

We are looking for highly motivated, independent, and outstanding postdoc candidates with a strong background in machine learning and/or human behaviour.

An excellent research track record, ability to communicate research results and involvement in community initiatives is expected. Candidates should have EU/EEA citizenship.

The JRC offers an enriching multi-cultural and multi-lingual work environment with lifelong learning and professional development opportunities, and close links to top research organisations and international bodies around the world.

Postdoctoral researchers receive a competitive salary and excellent working conditions, and will define their own research agenda inline with the project goals.

We are also open for collaborations with external researchers, as one of our goals is to build an expert network in the topics.


You may obtain further information about the scientific aspects of the positions from the JRC web page on jobs and vacancies.

Please apply online by 26 October 2017 (first application round).