Robot Lab Assistant for the Department of Computer Science

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Is software engineering and programming (C++, Python, Java) your strong suit? Would you like to develop your robot skills? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).


Job description

As a robot lab assistant at VU, you support the research and education of the Department of Computer Science. We use several types of robots for research and education. We use several hardware platforms, such as Nao, Pepper, Thymio II, Robobo, Crazyflie 2.0 and custom-made evolvable robots. Our research groups currently work on developing software infrastructure and simulators:


which runs in a cloud, and


. We also focus on supporting a cluster of powerful computers designated for simulation experiments.

You mainly work in our two robot labs, the Social AI Lab of the Social AI research group and the Bio-inspired Robotics Lab of the Computational Intelligence group.
The essence of your work is to aid development and maintenance of these hardware and software systems. We use our robots not only in the lab but also in field research at schools, hospitals, companies, etc. So you are also involved in the support and organizing the logistics of these research activities with robots.

Your duties

  • develop the software infrastructure in our labs, incl. coding, writing documentation and making tutorials
  • assist and provide support to students and researchers who work with our robots in their projects. We support you in becoming a robot expert
  • provide the necessary support and logistics for using the robot platforms in our robot labs for research and education (including Crazyflie 2.0, NAO, Pepper, Thymio II, Robobo, and the evolvable robots)

  • a BSc or MSc degree in a relevant field, e.g. computer science or AI
  • strong software engineering and programming skills (C++, Python, Java). You are interested in expanding your software development skills
  • interest in working with robots
  • you are a team player and have a “student friendly” attitude. You can communicate well and provide support with problems students may have

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,960 (scale 10)

and a maximum €4,670 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile (Reseach and Education Technician profile O lv.2) is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year. After positive evaluation of functioning a permanent contract will be given.
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,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP),
  • possibility to save holiday hours
  • contribution to commuting expenses

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. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

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 more than 11,000 students.

About the AI Section
The AI section belongs to the Department of Computer Science. Much of the AI research within the department is embedded in the Network Institute of Vrije Universiteit, covering disciplines such as Social sciences, Humanities, and Economics. The Department also actively participates in Amsterdam Data Science, a collaboration between more than 600 data science researchers from different institutions in Amsterdam.
The department explicitly encourages inter- and cross- disciplinary research, and expects successful candidates to collaborate with colleagues in other fields of Computer Science, as well as with colleagues from other disciplines such as those participating in the Network Institute and in Amsterdam Data Science.


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Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof.Dr. Koen Hindriks

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam and working at VU
Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Sara Veldhorst
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telefone: +31 (20) 59 86212

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