EPA PhD Position: Information Verification for Peace and Justice

Research / Academic

Do you have the ambition to address the Grand Challenges for the coming decennia? In the light of the core contents of the EPA programme of TPM, this position is defined on the theme of Information Verification for Peace and Justice.

Information verification plays a pivotal role in the decision-making processes of many domains. Despite its value, verification is often complex, onerous, and sometimes unworkable. It is becoming even more so in the digital age, where new media and technologies such as online social platforms, crowdsourcing, imaging satellites, and mobile devices keep on generating an abundant amount of information, with various standards of information quality.

For peace and justice, information quality in the digital age is often critical, posing great concerns and challenges with new opportunities. Reliable information verification can remove a huge obstacle towards effective decision-making. This raises significant research questions for information professionals and scholars. How to first learn from traditional domains and to adapt the methodologies in innovative ways to meet the needs and necessities of information consumers for peace and justice is one of the many pressing questions to tackle. For the position, you have the freedom to scope and define your research topic within the reserch theme.

As a PhD candidate, you are expected to work at Delft as well as at the TPM Campus in The Hague, the international city of Peace and Justice, engaging with various institutions, national and international organizations, NGOs and other related partners. 


•           A master’s degree in data/information/computer science, artificial intelligence or a relevant socio-technical discipline

•           Demonstrable interests in complex socio-technical problems, particularly in information verification for peace and justice, e.g. in humanitarian and human rights applications

•           Strong analytical and reasoning skills

•           Knowledge of and experience with qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods

•           Good programming skills

•           Good social skills; open to collaboration; willingness and ability to work in an international and interdisciplinary team

•           Self-motivated, dedicated, proactive and goal-oriented, striving for high-quality research

•           Good command of both spoken and written English

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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