Assistant Professor in Collaborative AI

VU University of Amsterdam Department of Computer Science


Do you want to contribute to developing collaborative AI, with a focus on fundamental research on personalised learning and long-term interaction? Do you want to work in close collaboration with our colleagues in the other AI research groups: Computational intelligence, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Machine Learning? Then please apply for this Assistant Professor (tenure track) Collaborative AI position at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).


FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The research of the Social AI group ( aims to create hybrid AI systems where humans and machines collaborate, machines learn to adapt on how to interact with their users, and humans and machines teach each other to improve their individual and joint performance. We maintain a broad view where humans and machines can adopt the role of the teacher or the learner and investigate both directions, humans teaching machines and vice versa, using various applications as test cases. We are particularly interested in how we can personalize such interactions, by means of knowledge structures such as a memory of interactions in order to learn user profiles and ensure interaction remains engaging over time. Multi-modal perception is key to making effective interactive systems and expertise in this area is a pre, as is expertise in the design of such interactions using e.g., conversational AI, (social) robots, or other adaptive or knowledge-driven interfaces.

Our facilities (used for research as well teaching) include our Social AI lab with different hardware platforms such as the Nao and Pepper social robots, smart displays such as Google nest hubs. We are developing a cloud-based software platform for social interaction ( 

Your duties

The position includes research, education and management (40%:40%:20%) and contains among others the following responsibilities:

  • performing research in Collaborative AI
  • supervising PhD students
  • teaching in the Bachelor and Master programmes of the Department of Computer Science
  • supervising MSc/BSc student research projects in the Department
  • contributing to and write research grant proposals
  • contributing to administrative tasks


  • a PhD degree in a relevant field and some years of scientific experience in post-doctoral research
  • expertise in AI technologies that can contribute to improving collaboration between human and machines
  • experience in setting up efficient, ethical, human subject studies and data collection
  • interdisciplinary mindset and a good team player; experience in collaboration across teams, e.g. in large collaborative projects is a pre
  • ideally, experience in teaching at BSc or MSc level 
  • ideally, some experience in PhD supervision

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,746 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,127 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: 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 assistant professor 1 (scale 12)  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 the starting date.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss whether your qualifications are satisfactory for applying to the position. We encourage women to apply for this position.

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

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the AI section

The AI section belongs to the department of Computer Science. Much of the AI research with the department is embedded in the Network Institute of Vrije Universiteit, covering disciplines such as Social sciences, Humanities, and Economics. The Department also actively participates in Amsterdam Data Science, a collaboration between more than 600 data science researchers from different institutions in Amsterdam.

The department explicitly encourages inter- and cross disciplinary research, and expects successful candidates to collaborate with colleagues in other fields of Computer Science, as well as with colleagues from other disciplines such as those participating in the Network Institute and in Amsterdam Data Science.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until June 15, 2021. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Koen Hindriks
Position: Full Professor
Telephone: +31 (20) 59 87763

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Sara Veldhorst
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telephone:  +31 (20) 59 86212

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