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Postdoctoral researcher in AI and scientific manager of the Amsterdam ELLIS unit, Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Postdoctoral researcher in AI and scientific manager of the Amsterdam ELLIS unit
Publication date 17 November 2020
Closing date 15 December 2020
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €2,709 to €4,274 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-702

Are you interested in a combination of conducting excellent research in AI (on a topic of your preference) and help with the management of the Amsterdam ELLIS unit? Do you enjoy building a scientific organization? We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar who is interested excellent research in AI and collaborate with people to build a top tier research unit. To increase diversity in the department, we especially encourage female candidates or candidates from other minority groups to apply.

What are you going to do?

You are expected to:

  • be active in the fundamental and/or applied research in a topic of AI of your preference, publishing in top-tier conference proceedings or journals, presenting at leading conferences and supervising PhD students;
  • take part in the teaching effort of the group, including supervision of bachelor and master students;
  • help set up the ELLIS unit in Amsterdam, including participating in ELLIS meetings and organizing ELLIS scientific and educational events;
  • be open to collaborations with other institutes and/or companies, in particular other European ELLIS units.

What do we require?

  • A PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or a closely related field;
  • a strong scientific expertise in AI, reflected among others by publications in respectable international journals and conference proceedings;
  • enthusiasm about helping to run a scientific organization, including traveling and meeting for others involved;
  • the willingness to contribute to valorisation efforts and to foster collaborations with other academic institutes and industry, in particular with other ELLIS units in Europe;
  • the willingness to work with BSc, MSc and PhD students to supervise them in their research;
  • fluency in English, both written and spoken.

We will base our selection on your scientific track record and on your vision for future research, as well as on your organizational and communicational skills. Excellent mastery of the English language is required.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting as soon as possible for the duration of 12 months with a possible extension of 24 months after a positive evaluation.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,709 to €4,274 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a full-time contract (38 hours a week),. These amounts are exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The mission of the Informatics Institute is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.


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Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Informatics Institute strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 15 December 2020. You may apply online by using the button below. 

Applications should include:

  • a motivation letter;
  • your CV, including a list of publications;
  • a research statement: what do you want to work on as a postdoc and who in the Informatics Institute do you like to work with?;
  • a link to your PhD thesis;
  • a list of at least 2 references;
  • a transcript of your bachelor and master grades.

We will invite potential candidates for (Skype) interviews on a date to be determined. #LI-DNP

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