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Assistant/Associate Professors LIACS in computer science and artficial intelligence

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
04 September 2018
Closing date
30 October 2018

34 more days to apply

The Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, is looking for candidates for Assistant/Associate professor(s) in Core Computer Science  and Assistant/Associate professor(s) in Artificial Intelligence, Imaging, Deep Learning (0.8-1.0 FTE)


The rapid evolution and expansion of Computer Science and the increasing integration of computing with other disciplines creates new challenges on developing and understanding modern computing systems. Through these positions, we aim to strengthen the research and education on Foundation of Computing and Systems at our Institute. Areas of interest include (1) Algorithms, Networks, Concurrency, Cyber-Physical Systems, Embedded System, Formal Methods, High Performance Computing, Testing and Verification, Theory and (2) Artificial Intelligence, Imaging, and Deep Learning. We value original research and original ideas for your own research direction within these or other core areas of Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence.

  • Conducting independent research in your field, establishing an own research group,
  • Teaching suitable BSc and MSc courses and supervising BSc, MSc, and PhD students,
  • Securing external funding for research,
  • Contribution to organizational activities of the Institute.

Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence or a closely related field;
  • Several years of experience at the postdoctoral level in this field;
  • Strong publication record and experience in raising research funds;
  • Proven track record in teaching;
  • Energetic ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker with a clear view on a challenging research program;
  • Team spirit/collaboration attitude strongly preferred.

Research at our Faculty/Institute

The Leiden Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline.
The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Institute of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. We offer courses at the Bachelor and Master of Science level in the core areas of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, and Data Science, and in the interdisciplinary areas of ICT in Business, Media Technology and Creative science, and Bioinformatics. According to an independent research visitation, we are one of the foremost computer science departments of the Netherlands. We strive for excellence in a caring institute, where excellence, fun, and inclusiveness go hand in hand. We offer a clear and inviting career path to young and talented scientists with the ambition to grow.

Terms and conditions

We offer a 5-year fixed term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary ranges from €3,545 to €5,513 gross per month for a full-time position as assistant professor (pay scale 11 or 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The appointments will be at the assistant professor level (UD), although your record may merit an associate professor appointment (UHD), which will then duly be considered.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups


Enquiries can be made to Dr Marcello Bonsangue (Core Computer Science), email m.m.bonsangue@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, and Professor Fons Verbeek (Imaging/Deep Learning), email f.j.verbeek@liacs.leidenuniv.nl.

If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Marloes van der Nat, email m.van.der.nat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 71 527 7061.


Written applications can be send no later than 30 October 2018 to Dr Marcello Bonsangue or Professor Fons Verbeek at jobs@liacs.leidenuniv.nl using the vacancy number in the subject of the email, including:

  • A brief description of your research plan,
  • Teaching experience,
  • A full CV including a list of publications and a link to your Google Scholar page with h-index,
  • PDF’s or links to key publications and PhD thesis,
  • As well as the names and addresses of at least three persons that can be contacted for reference (who have agreed to be contacted).

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