Assistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science at the Donders Centre for Cognition (tenure track)

Research / Academic

The Donders Centre for Cognition (DCC), part of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, and the School of Artificial Intelligence invite applications for an Assistant Professor position in Computational Cognitive Science. Computational Cognitive Science aims at advancing the theoretical foundations of computational explanations in cognitive science. Research methods include conceptual analysis, formal and computational modelling (e.g. probabilistic, neural networks, logic- and/or agent-based models), mathematical proof techniques (e.g. computational complexity analysis) and computer simulation. We seek candidates with expertise in these methods and a clear research profile in the domain of Computational Cognitive Science.

You will join the Computational Cognitive Science group at DCC and will be expected to contribute to the running of research (e.g. assist with supervision). Demonstrated commitment and/or contributions to open science practices and computational reproducibility are much valued. Teaching duties will primarily be within the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in Artificial Intelligence. You will be expected to teach at least one MSc level course (e.g. Theoretical Foundations of Cognitive Agents) and contribute to other courses (e.g. AI as a Science, Theoretical Modelling for Cognitive Science, Cognition and Complexity). You will also supervise students working on their Bachelor's and Master's theses.


  • A doctoral degree (PhD) in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, or a related discipline.
  • Affinity with teaching, along with demonstrable teaching skills and the ability to provide inspiring lectures, as evidenced by positive teaching assessments.
  • A University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or the willingness to acquire this qualification in the near future.
  • A background in computational cognitive science research, with a focus on studying natural cognition using computational, mathematical and philosophical means.
  • Strong conceptual skills and the ability to think at various levels of abstraction and communicate across disciplinary boundaries.
  • Scientific creativity and productivity, as evidenced by a track record of international peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience in the acquisition of funding.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.

Salary Benefits:

  • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,127 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: fixed-term contract for 3 years. Possibility of permanent contract depending on your performance.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.
The Radboud University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from underrepresented and minoritised groups. Do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

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