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Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
7 March 2023
Closing date
25 March 2023 3 more days to apply

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The Cognitive Psychology Unit, partof the Institute of Psychology of the Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences, islooking for a staff member for the position of

Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence (0,8- 1,0 FTE)
Vacancy number 13483

We are looking for an assistant professor who is willing to contribute in a positive way to teaching, research, management and outreach at the Institute of Psychology, and the Cognitive Psychology Unit in particular.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing an independent interdisciplinary research line that attracts young researchers, collaborations (within and outside the department) and external funding. Making research results public in peer-reviewed journals, at scientific conferences, and other professional meetings;
  • Teaching BSc and MSc courses and supervising BSc and MSc research projects, with a focus on cognitive science and AI;
  • Sharing the research results with a wider audience through (social) media and other public outreach.

Selection Criteria


  • A strong research record, evident from (among others) a completed PhD thesis and peer-reviewed international publications on topics in cognitive science, artificial intelligence or related fields;
  • Excellent and inspiring teaching abilities and experience with various types of teaching and supervision of students at different stages of their BSc/MSc program;
  • Ability to contribute to the BSc program in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and the BSc/MSc programs in Psychology.


  • Valued skills: computational modeling; programming; advanced statistics; neuroimaging (fMRI and/or EEG); valorization of research; collaboration with industrial / non-academic parties; fluency in Dutch;
  • Contributing to a positive work environment, team science and open science practices.

In the Cognitive Psychology Unit, we value a collegial and supportive environment. Open science is a core value in our work, and we actively pursue ways to make academia a better place. Leiden is a small, friendly town near the beach, with great public transport connections to larger cities nearby. The Netherlands has excellent support for families. Please do not be discouraged from applying if your current CV is not a ‘perfect fit’. This job could suit someone from a range of different career backgrounds, and there is great scope for the right applicant to develop the role and make it their own.

About the faculty
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences consists of five institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 1,025 employees. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences brings together high-quality research and outstanding teaching as well as in multidisciplinary approaches. Please, visit the faculty’s website for more information.

Our unit
The Cognitive Psychology unit contributes to the 3-year BSc program Psychology, the interdisciplinary minor Brain and Cognition, and the 3-year BSc program Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The unit is also responsible for two MSc tracks: Applied Cognitive Psychology (1 year) and Cognitive Neuroscience (2 years, research master). Important research themes in the unit are decision-making, emotions, cognitive control, comparative psychology, psychedelics and applied cognitive psychology. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-behavioural-sciences/psychology/cognitive-psychology.

We offer research facilities including EEG, fMRI, eye tracking, virtual reality, and brain stimulation. For more information see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-behavioural-sciences/libc

Terms and conditions
We offer atenured position conditional on a positive probation period of 12-18 months. Salary rangefrom € 3974.- to € 6181.- gross per month (pay scale 11to 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. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme.Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

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

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

For inquiries, please contact prof. Sander Nieuwenhuis, email snieuwenhuis@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.


Please submit online your applicationvia the blue button of our application system. The final application deadline is April 2nd. Applicants should submit onlinea letter of interestand a cvwith a list of publications. Do not submit reference letters: instead provide contact addresses of people who can be approached for references (max. 2 references). Please note that we are also advertizing a second and related assistant professor position (number 13481) with the same application deadline. Applicants should feel free to apply for both positions.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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