Tenure Track Assistant Professor Human-Computer Collaboration (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, astronomy and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence of FSE. The candidate will work in the Cognitive Modeling group of the Department of Artificial Intelligence of the Bernoulli Institute. The position is complementary to current HCI research and education in the AI department that has a cognitive engineering focus. Other groups in the Department of Artificial Intelligence focus on Autonomous and Perceptive Systems and Multi-Agent Systems and the department participates in the “Hybrid Intelligence” NWO Gravitation project. Research and education of the Bernoulli Institute center around modelling, computation, and cognition with a focus on science and technology, keeping a balanced mix of fundamental and applied aspects. The institute has a leading role in the cross-disciplinary research theme on Data Science and Systems Complexity (DSSC), and in the Center “Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials” (CogniGron) within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

We will support the candidate with an attractive start-up package and access to local state-of-the-art facilities, which are constantly being improved to strengthen our programme. Once appointed, you are expected to become a full-time, independent group leader.

Job description

We are looking for a tenure track Assistant Professor (see The University of Groningen Career Paths in Science) in human-computer collaboration or a closely related field. The position focuses on enhancing human-computer collaboration by employing methodology from cognitive engineering, brain-computer interfacing and models of multi-agent interaction. It will strike a balance between data-driven approaches which exploit machine learning techniques and theory-driven approaches in which practical choices are derived from general principles. The goal is to work towards designs in which collaborations between humans and machines are superior to either in isolation.

As an Assistant Professor you will:

• set up and develop your own research line and research group
• supervise PhD students
• acquire external funding
• promote the societal relevance of your research
• teach in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Cognitive Science
• contribute to the organisation of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.

At the stage of Assistant Professor, 60% of your time is for research, 30% for teaching activities and 10% for organisational tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

• a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence or a related field
• at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD (can be compensated for after the appointment via extended research visits abroad)
• a relevant international network
• excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences
• a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
• demonstrable organisational competences
• cross-cultural sensitivity
• good command of spoken and written English.

And you are:

• a team player with good communication skills
• able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources
• willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years
• able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary, dependent on qualifications and relevant work experience as follows:

For Assistant professor positions the salaries ranges from a minimum of € 3,746 gross per month (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,826 gross per month (salary scale 12) for a full-time position.

The salary will show an annual increase within the scale. Additionally, the salaries include an 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for the University of Groningen (Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities 2016-2017, available in English).

The positions fall within the framework of ‘Career Paths in Science 4’ (‘Bèta’s in Banen 4’, Please see: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/betas-in-banen.pdf).

A career advisory service for partners of new staff that move to Groningen is provided.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen:https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/that-is-why/

As an Assistant Professor, you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship inapproximately 10 years. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 7 years and your performancewill be assessed after 5 years. This moment may be extended with at most one year in case of a life event (e.g.prolonged illness or maternity leave). If your assessment is positive, you will get a tenured appointment as an AssociateProfessor. 4 to 7 years after being appointed as Associate Professor you will be assessed for promotion to the positionof Full Professor. Please consider Career Paths in Science for a complete description of our tenure track system as wellas the criteria for promotion: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science-edition-4?lang=en.

Job Application

We invite you to submit a complete application including:

• a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and a list with names of references
• a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’
• a statement of your teaching goals and experience
• a description of your scientific interest and plans.

You can submit your application until 18 April 11:59pm / before 19 April 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The selection interviews will take place in the week 19 or week 20 of 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so we specifically encourage applications by members of underrepresented groups. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. N.A. Taatgen

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221106

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Profile report in which the position is described in more detail Research institute Career Paths in Science

Digital application form