2 assistant professors (UD) Inclusive and Human-Centered AI

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Deadline: 30 Oct 2022

2 assistant professors (UD) Inclusive and Human-Centered AI
2 assistant professors (UD) Inclusive and Human-Centered AI
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today 30 Oct Tilburg

Tilburg University | Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences is looking for
Two Assistant Professors (0.8 - 1.0 fte) in Inclusive and Human-Centered AI for the Department of Communication and Cognition, location: Tilburg, scientific area: Communication and Cognition.
Duration of employment contract: 12 or 18 months with intention of a permanent position.

Job description

The Department of Communication and Cognition in the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences is looking for two enthusiastic Assistant Professors, with a background in inclusive and human-centered artificial intelligence. 
The successful candidate is expected to initiate and conduct research in the Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC ). Researchers in TiCC explore cognitive and social aspects of human communication through a multidisciplinary approach, combining careful experimentation with survey methods, interviews, corpus analyses and computational modelling. We value methodological innovation and focus on and aim to further develop our research on themes such as ethics and responsible human-centered AI design, inclusion, language, and well-being in a changing (digital) society, climate and health communication, non-verbal and verbal communication in innovative contexts, social responsibility and effective communication design, and communication, resilience and empowerment. The candidate is expected to develop new lines of research fitting within this research program, with a particular focus on the ethical and sociocultural dilemmas of artificial intelligence and computational technologies, and how these can be resolved. 

The successful candidate will also contribute to one of the leading programs in the Netherlands in Communication and Information Sciences (CIS), consisting of three tracks: Business Communication and Digital Media (BDM), Communication and Cognition (CC), and New Media Design (NMD). The candidate may contribute to all of the tracks in CIS, and will also supervise bachelor and master theses. 

  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
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As a successful candidate, you have:

  • a PhD in a relevant discipline;
  • published in international journals or proceedings;
  • excellent methodological and data analytical skills (computational skills like programming and data processing are considered an advantage);
  • the intention and ability to write research grants;
  • a professional attitude with a strong commitment to integrity and (research) ethics;
  • the basic qualification at Dutch universities in higher education (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs; BKO) certificate, or a willingness to acquire such;
  • a capacity to teach in English and Dutch, or a willingness to learn Dutch within three years.

You also show personal leadership, possess a good level of self-knowledge, and are able to critically reflect on the (societal) implications of your research. In addition, you enjoy sharing knowledge and experiences, and are motivated to contribute to an open and inclusive work environment with a strong focus on team science. 

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 12 or 18 months with intention of a permanent position.

We offer a full-time Assistant Professor position. Upon a positive evaluation, successful candidates receive a permanent contract after 12 months (for internal candidates) or 18 months (for external candidates). Successful candidates must remain at least 80% of their working days in the Netherlands (as a requirement of tax and social security laws). The salary amounts to a minimum of € 3974,- and a maximum of € 5439,- gross per month for full-time employment, based on the UFO-profile of Assistant Professor 2 and salary scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities . 

Tilburg University offers excellent employment conditions with attention to flexibility and (personal) development and attractive fringe benefits. You are entitled to a vacation allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross annual income. If you work 40 hours per week, you will receive 41 paid days of leave per year. All employees of the university are covered by the so-called General Pension Fund for Public Employers (Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP).  

Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance of 30% of their taxable salary if they meet the relevant conditions. The university applies for this allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The collective labor agreement of the Dutch Universities applies. If you do not speak Dutch yet, a sufficient level of Dutch will have to be acquired within three years after appointment. The university will facilitate courses for that purpose, if needed.

Tilburg University values an open and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity and encourage the mutual integration of groups of employees and students. We focus on creating equal opportunities for all our employees and students so that everyone feels at home in our university community.
Tilburg University has a lively campus in beautiful green surroundings that is easily accessible by public transport. We are committed to a sustainable society and challenge you to make an active contribution. Please visit working at Tilburg University  for more information on our terms of employment. 

Tilburg University

Tilburg University 's motto is Understanding Society. Based on this vision, our more than 2,800 employees conduct research, inspire more than 20,000 students of 110 nationalities, and bring people from different disciplines and organizations together to learn from each other. In this way, we want to contribute to solving complex social issues. In doing so, we work from the fields of economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and public administration, humanities and digital sciences, and theology. We seek the connection between the various disciplines to find solutions to the major issues we face as a society. Our students are educated to become responsible and entrepreneurial thinkers, driven by solidarity, a sense of responsibility, and empathy, who are able to influence and give direction to a rapidly changing society in an innovative way. Tilburg University has a culture of collaboration and co-creation, at local, regional, national, and international level.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy; several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250 employees.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Additional information

For more information on this position, please contact prof. dr. Juliette Schaafsma, Head of Department (J.Schaafsma@tilburguniversity.edu ).

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At Tilburg University, we seek to study and understand society and in this way we contribute to solving complex societal issues. Our core values are: curious, Caring, Connected, and Courageous.

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Application procedure

Applications should include a cover letter in English (max 1 page), a concise Curriculum Vitae (max 4 pages, including the names and contact details of two references), a brief research statement (max half a page) plus the two publications you are most proud of. The application deadline is October 30, 2022. Interviews will be held early November 2022. Starting date is negotiable, but a starting date no later than January 1, 2023 is desirable. 

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