research, biometrics
Temporary employment
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8)
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The Services, Cyber Security and Safety (SCS) research group at the University of Twente is part of the multidisciplinary research institute Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT).


Job description 

The research group on Services, Cybersecurity and Safety (SCS, performs research among others on biometrics and forensic biometrics.


The AFIS Benchmark 2018 is a request of the Dutch National Police, as part of their tender procedure for the selection a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), as this infrastructure has to be renewed in 2018. The aim is to characterize and compare commercial-of-the-shelf AFIS SDKs of the technology providers who will decide to participate to this tender as contenders. In addition, methods will be developed to improve the integrity of the Dutch police fingerprint database. This 12 month project is ambitious and the challenges and requirements are numerous: 

  • structure large amounts of real fingerprint/mark and palmprint/mark data of the Dutch National Police and create benchmark experiments

  • set up the software environment to analyze, evaluate and compare the results of the experiments, produce the documentation describing the analysis, evaluation and comparison protocols

  • perform the experiments, report and communicate the results

  • develop algorithms for the detection of fingerprints with artefacts

  • work in a police facility in Zoetermeer with regular travel to the University of Twente in Enschede.

Your profile 

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent researcher who preferably holds a PhD degree in biometrics, computer science, signal and image processing, computational statistics or related field, ideally with a post-doc experience. (S)he should have knowledge and experience with the design and development of biometric benchmark experiments, preferably applied to the field of forensic science. The candidate is expected to: 

  • pass successfully the screening procedure (determined and organised by the Dutch police) necessary for such project

  • work independently on the tasks of the project as described above, after a short training period

  • report regularly and transparently to the project leader and interact with the different partners of the projects, both within governmental and academic environment

  • demonstrate probity and discernment to combine both the discretion and the transparency required for this type of project

  • work accurately and orderly with significant amounts of sensitive data and technology (AFIS SDKs)

  • report the results of the experiments in English, in a language simple enough to be understood by the decision makers of the requester who are not scientists perfect oral and written mastery of English is necessary; mastery of Dutch is an asset but not compulsory

  • develop biometric algorithms. 

Only online applications are considered, applications by email will not be accepted. More information can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Didier Meuwly (, email:, phone +31622469024. You are invited to send your application together with contact details of at least 1 referee, curriculum vitae, including the list of courses you have followed (with grades), before September 30th, 2017.


Our offer 

Your main responsibility will be to carry out this project.


An interesting temporary research position in a dynamic and international environment. The successful candidate will be provided with excellent opportunities for gaining experience and for extending his/her knowledge. You will be appointed for a period of 12 months. Depending on relevant background and experience, the monthly salary on a full time basis starts at € 3.111 gross per month.


Additionally, the University of Twente provides a holiday allowance (amounts to 8%), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8.3%) and a number of additional benefits.


The organization 

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.


The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.