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The VUB’s Artificial Intelligence Lab (ai.vub.ac.be) is seeking an energetic new member, to broaden our research into applied data science. We are looking for an excellent scientist, at any academic career stage, to set up a new research focus in this area. The full-time role is associated with a new Data Science option in our Master’s programme. We believe in equal opportunities and we particularly welcome applications from women.

Full details are below. Alternatively, you can find online information, at https://academicpositions.com/ad/vrije-universiteit-brussel/2021/professor-computer-science/155087. You can email informal enquiries to Prof. Ann Nowé, Head of the AI Lab: ann.nowe@ai.vub.ac.be, or any of the AI lab professors, (see https://ai.vub.ac.be) 

Closing date: 09/04/2021


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Professor of Computer Science
specialising in computational, user-oriented data processing and discovery

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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        •       development, transmission and application of high-quality academic teaching and research, free from any bias;

        •       the social integration of these efforts in a spirit of social concern;

        •       to support the critical formation of everyone in the context of the local and world community.

The Post


We seek candidates, at all career stages, with strong academic research expertise in one or more of the following disciplines in computational, user-oriented data processing and discovery: exploratory search; complex data exploration and analysis; machine learning for big data; and / or interactive data processing. The VUB is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates will be selected strictly on merit. We particularly encourage applications from women.
You will be able to demonstrate experience appropriate to your career stage in the engineering of next-generation intelligent data analysis systems. You will do so preferably through a broad portfolio of contributions to both fundamental and more applied research, with a funding record where appropriate.
You will be expected to help develop the research of the Department of Computer Science (http://we.vub.ac.be/en/computer-science-department) by initiating and conducting research in data-analysis that is related, but complementary, to the research that is ongoing within the Department, and in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, of which you will be a member. Current related research within the Department includes: multi-agent systems, knowledge representation, emergent communication and language, computational creativity and machine learning at the AI Lab (ai.vub.ac.be); programming languages, frameworks and tools for distributed data-intensive systems at the Software Language Lab; and human-data interaction at the Web and Information Systems Lab.


Your teaching assignment will include general undergraduate computer science courses and specialized, research-related master's courses. Teaching load in the Department is shared equitably among teaching-active colleagues, according to full-time equivalence. Your expected full-time equivalent teaching assignment will comprise four courses of 6 ECTS credits per year, including a new speciality course related to your research interests. Teaching assistants are provided for all courses.

You will be expected to contribute actively to the development of our new programme specialization, Data Management and Analytics, in the Department’s 2-year Master Computer Science (http://we.vub.ac.be/en/master-computer-science).
You will be expected to endorse and abide by the university's educational vision (full text can be consulted on the university's website).


You will be expected to engage with the general administration and development of the Department as specified by the University for the various academic degrees. This includes supervising and advising doctoral and master’s students as well as applying for and obtaining funding for new research projects.

Candidate profile

Your application for this role will be considered in terms of the following dimensions.

        •       Diploma or PhD in Computer Science based on an original dissertation.

        •       A strong academic record with a strong publication list demonstrating your expertise in the defined domain. Expected publishing platforms include: ICML, ECML / PKDD, SIGKDD, JMLR, Int. J. Data Sci. Anal., etc.

        •       For the level of lecturer, some experience in supervising doctoral and master’s students, and in research management. Potential to apply for and obtain funding for new research projects.

        •       For the level of senior lecturer/associate professor or higher, proven, extensive experience in supervising doctoral and master's students, and research management, and a track record in project acquisition.

        •       The interview process will include the presentation of an example lecture, on a subject to be specified in advance by the search committee.

        •       Members of the academic staff who, as lecturers, are charged with a teaching assignment must be able to demonstrate the required level in the teaching language of the relevant courses. For example: if a course is taught in English, the lecturer must have the required qualification certificate, or be a native English speaker. More information about the language scheme can be found via: https://jobs.vub.be/content/Taalregeling/ . If you do not have such a qualification, you will be asked to complete it within a specific stated period; the VUB offers its staff language high-quality courses for this purpose.


Your appointment will be to one of the grades of the Independent Academic Personnel (ZAP: docent, hoofddocent, hoogleraar, gewone loogleraar).

In the case of appointment to the base lecturer grade (docent), this takes place in accordance with the tenure track system, specified in the Articles of the VUB: appointment for 5 years with the prospect of a permanent appointment as senior lecturer after the expiry of that term and subject to a favourable assessment during the orientation and integration period.

In case of appointment to a higher grade: appointment for 3 years with the prospect of a permanent appointment in the same grade after the expiry of that term and subject to a favourable assessment of the orientation and integration period.

Applications may be submitted ON LINE ONLY.

Your application should include at least the following appendices:

        •       a brief CV/resumé

        •       your academic record with all relevant elements

        •       your vision on education & research and mention of the five most important publications (for postdoc positions)

        •       a concise motivation for your application, including an explanation of your ambitions for development of your future research

        •       diplomas.