• Amsterdam, Nederland



FTE: 1

Job description
You have a proven track record in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and would like to advance the area of AI with humans-in-the-loop. You initiate, perform and supervise high-quality AI research that aims to design new AI technology that is social in nature and takes human factors into account. You are able to integrate insights from theory and practice and have an engineering approach to problem solving. Your aim is to apply and/or evaluate social AI technology in the real world with real users.

Your duties

  • acquire and contribute to externally funded research projects of the group
  • teach courses in the Bsc and Msc AI curriculum and supervise students
  • assist in the supervision of Phd students and contribute to the management of the group


  • a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence
  • research experience with at least two of the following topics:
    • adaptive systems
    • affective computing
    • cognitive agent technology
    • conversational AI
    • social robotics
    • user-centred design and user studies
  • published in international journals and conference proceedings of high quality
  • strong communication and cooperation skills and ability to work in a team
  • educational skills and willingness to contribute to Bsc and/or Msc AI programmes
  • experience or readiness to supervise Ph.D. projects
  • experience or good prospects for acquiring external research funding
  • excellent command of the English language

What are we offering?
A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,656 (scale 12), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: (assistant professor) is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 6 years, Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment 
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus 
  • solid pension scheme (ABP), contribution to commuting allowance based on public transport 
  • optional model for designing a personalised benefits package 

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, Phd candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the department
The Department of Computer Science has approximately 200 members, including 35 tenured staff members and 50-60 PhD students. The tenured staff members form the essential basis for the functioning of the department. A tenured staff member is required to make significant contributions to the research and education programmes, and to spend effort on administrative tasks at the department level. 

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before 05 April 2019

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name:                  Koen V. Hindriks
Position:               Professor
Telephone:          020 59 87763

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name:                    Wytske Siegersma
Position:                 Relocation Advisor
Telephone:            +31 (20) 59 85037

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