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Tenure Track Assistant Professor

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12 oktober 2021
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The Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, is looking for candidates for a

Tenure Track Assistant Professor (0.8-1.0 fte)

Vacancy number 21-522

Tenure Track Position in Artificial Intelligence

Due to rapid growth Leiden University has an opening for a tenure track assistant professor in artificial intelligence to strengthen our team. Through this position we aim to strengthen the research and education on fundamental and applied artificial intelligence and/or data science. We value original research and original ideas for your own research.

Key responsibilities

  • 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

  • Ph.D. degree in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, 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.

Research at our faculty and 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 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 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. For more information, see here.

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. For more information about LIACS, see here

The city of Leiden

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

Tenure trackers start as assistant professors. Your tenure track is expected to lead to a promotion to a tenured position as associate professor and eventually to grow into the role of a full professor. We focus on talent by investing in your professional and personal development. There is a strong focus on coaching and training. A special mentor program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group, in order to develop research, education, and managerial skills. We offer a 6-year term position, starting early 2022, with the possibility of a tenure position based on performance. Salary range from € 3807,00 to € 5211,00 gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Tenure track appointments will be at the assistant professor level (UD). 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 here

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.

Work-life balance

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 Prof. Aske Plaat, a.plaat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, or Prof. Thomas Bäck, T.H.W.Baeck@liacs.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Liselotte van der Woerd, l.van.der.woerd@liacs.leidenuniv.nl telephone: +31.71.527.4799


Written applications using the vacancy number and including:

  • A brief description of your research plan;
  • A brief description of your 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),

should be submitted no later than 1 November 2021 to jobs@liacs.leidenuniv.nl.

The selection procedure will take place in November 2021, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in this period, during which you are kindly requested to be available.

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