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Assistant Professor in Deep Learning for large-scale 3D imaging

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
17 March 2020
Closing date
07 April 2020

Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, is looking for an

Assistant Professor in Deep Learning for large-scale 3D imaging

Key responsibilities
Due to rapid growth Leiden University has an opening for a tenure track assistant professor in deep learning to strengthen our team, with a specific focus on deep learning for large-scale 3D imaging. Leiden is a large university in a small university town known for its friendly charm, close to the North Sea. LIACS, the institute of advanced computer science, has a culture of excellence through collaboration, we consciously support research and education through teamwork, collaboration, fun, and caring for each other. Through this position we aim to strengthen the research and education on Fundamental and Applied machine learning. Areas of interest include scalable and memory-efficient deep learning algorithms, adversarial learning, reinforcement learning, time series, all with a focus on 3D image reconstruction and processing. We value original research and original ideas for your own research. Your work will consist of:

  • Conducting independent research in your field;
  • 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 Artificial Intelligence or a closely related field;
  • Several years of experience at the postdoctoral level in this field;
  • Focus on results through collaboration;
  • 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.

Our organisation
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 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 Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science 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 also 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. Our people and our focus on collaboration in a caring atmosphere are dear to us. 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.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. Leiden is a lively and beautiful city with a central location in Europe, at only 17 minutes from Schiphol International Airport. It is a very international city where almost everybody speaks English, candidates need not be afraid of the language barrier. Leiden is a typical historic university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Today, with some 27,000 students, 5,500 staff, 16 Nobel prizes, more than 100 nationalities and a budget of more than 550 million Euros, it is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time, 5 year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3.637,- to € 5.656,-  gross per month (pay scale 11-12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see the website.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. LIACS is a highly diverse institute, in culture, background, and gender. We stand for excellence in a caring Institute. We wish to reflect society in all aspects, as we believe that this improves the dynamics in our organization. Therefore, we support and understand the need for a work/life/family balance and consequent varying working hours and places. We believe that doing good science is fun, and goes hand in hand with a friendly culture. In the Netherlands, a maternity allowance is standard for 16 weeks. Child care is available at and near the Bio Science Park.

Inquiries can be made to Aske Plaat, email a.plaat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, or Joost Batenburg, email K.J.Batenburg@liacs.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Liselotte van der Woerd, email l.van.der.woerd@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, telephone: +31.71.527.4799

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to jobs@liacs.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Motivation letter;
  • 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;
  • names and addresses of at least three persons that can be contacted for reference (who have agreed to be contacted).

Only applications received no later than April 7 2020 can be considered.

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