Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: 03 Jan 2019

Are you  a researcher with a strong international research profile in knowledge representation, knowledge graphs and semantic web?

Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you. Apply for the position of:


Location:                       AMSTERDAM
Hours per week:              38-40 hours

Job description
We are convinced that the next big steps forward in AI will require the integration of knowledge representation and machine learning.  Are you an ambitious young researcher who will help us to contribute to these next big steps forward in AI? There is already the expertise in knowledge representation. You will bring the expertise on combining this with machine learning.

Your duties
• performing research in AI, in particular on combining knowledge representation and machine
• supervising PhD students
• co-leadership of the intended new AI lab with Elsevier in ICAI
• teaching in our BSc and MSc programmes on AI, including developing new teaching material and
supervising BSc and MSc projects
• acquiring funding through grant proposals and industrial collaborations
• contributing to administrative tasks in the group

• completed a PhD in AI in knowledge representation and Machine Learning
• a strong international research profile in AI, preferably with a focus on machine learning as shown
by publications in the top journals in the field of computational systems
• academic teaching experience and/or experience in the supervision of MSc/PhD students
• priority will be given to applicants who have successfully applied for research funding, either
individually or collaboratively

What are we offering?
A tenure track position at a world-class university, membership of a strong and collaborative team of 15+ researchers, co-leadership of the intended new AI Lab with Elsevier, part of ICAI, the Innovation Center for AI (5PhD/postdoc positions),  in one of the highest quality of life cities in Europe.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts is a minimum gross monthly salary of € 3,637.- and a maximum € 5,656.- in accordance with salary scale cao NU 11 (UD2) and 12 (UD1) depending on your education and experience.
The job profile is UD2 or UD1, based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1.0 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for five years. After five years there will be a tenure review.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
• a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
• considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
• contribution to commuting expenses
• optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the Department of Computer Science
The VU Department of Computer Science has approximately 170 members, including 35 tenured staff members and 40-50 PhD students. The tenured staff members form the essential basis for the functioning of the department. A tenured staff member is required to make significant contributions to the research and education programs, and to spend effort on specific tasks at the department level.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

Are you interested in this position? Send us an e-mail with your curriculum vitae (including publication list) and cover letter by 3 January 2019. Mention vacancy number 18446.

Name:                 Prof. F.A.H. van Harmelen
Position:              Head of the AI Department of Computer Science

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, send an email to the address provided above.

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name:                Wytske Siegersma
Position:             Relocation Advisor
Telephone:         +31 (20) 59 85037

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