Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Ethical Computing

Research / Academic
We seek a new colleague who will actively contribute to the research on ethical computing in our Computer Science department, and will be responsible for teaching courses on related topics in the Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Information Sciences education programs. We look for an active researcher able to perform groundbreaking research and to apply this in relevant societal domains.  Depending on the profile of the candidate, he or she will take up the challenge of designing ethical computational systems and developing ethics performance metrics for computing, for example by:
  • operationalizing high-level social values and norms such as fairness, accuracy, confidentiality and transparency (FACT) into concrete tools that can be used to evaluate and improve socio-technical systems
  • designing and developing (semi)-formal computational models for systems with such social values and norms built-in
  • developing ethical guidelines, and (semi-) automatic methods for verifying compliance to such guidelines
  • designing methods to convey results of complex and intelligent computing to decision makers and users, such as explainable AI systems, explainable decision support systems, explainable recommender systems, and others
Your duties

The tenure track position is starting at the level of assistant professor in the areas of research, education and management (40%:40%:20%), and contains among others the following duties:
  • performing research in the field of ethical computing, including, but not limited to ethical artificial intelligence
  • supervising PhD students
  • developing new course material for the Bachelor and Master programmes of the Department of Computer Science
  • supervising MSc/BSc student research projects in CS/AI/IS
  • contributing to and write research grant proposals
  • contributing to administrative tasks


  • completed a PhD in Computer Science or other relevant field.
  • a strong international research profile, as shown by publications in the top journals and conferences
  • 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

Salary Benefits:

A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 3.637.- and a maximum € 4.978,- in accordance with salary scale 11, depending on your education and experience. The job profile (UD2) is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.
This is a tenure track position; the initial appointment will be for a period of five years. Based on performance indicators agreed at the start of the appointment, a tenure track position will lead to a tenured position of UD1 in a period of maximally 5 years. In the fifth year of the appointment the tenure decision will be taken and a midterm review will take place in 2,5 years’ time after starting date.

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)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Work Hours:

32 - 40 hours per week


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