Assistant Professor of Human Computer Interaction

University of Amsterdam Informatics Institute


Assistant Professor of Human Computer Interaction with 50% Time on Education

Publication date 2 July 2021

Closing date 4 August 2021

Level of education PhD

Hours 32-38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,746 to €5,826 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-548

The Institute of Informatics of the Faculty of Science is looking for an assistant professor in Human Computer Interaction who will bring to the position an innovative research agenda and relevant teaching expertise. We are looking for a candidate with a strong research profile in human computer interaction and an enthusiasm for teaching. You will teach courses in our masters and bachelors programs as well as supervise students. In this position 50% of your time will be spent on teaching.

You will be joining the newly formed Digital Interactions Lab. Research in the lab focusses on how best to enable and empower people through the design of innovative and inclusive digital technologies. The technologies are developed using user-centered, participatory methodologies, and include virtual and augmented reality as well as mobile, tangible and sensor-based applications.

Please note that this is one of two assistant professor positions being advertised for the Digital Interactions lab: the other post involves approximately 30% teaching time. You may apply for one or both posts

What are you going to do?

You are expected to:

  • develop, coordinate, and deliver courses within the bachelor and masters programs focused on human computer interaction and interaction design;
  • supervise student research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • conduct research, leading to international, peer-reviewed publications and other forms of research output;
  • acquire external funds for research projects;
  • i  ntegrate new research insights into teaching;
  • make an active contribution to the development and implementation of pedagogical innovation;
  • perform administrative and management tasks;
  • We will base our selection on your scientific track record and on your vision for future research, as well as on your teaching achievements, qualifications and vision for future teaching.

What do we require of you?

  • A PhD degree in Human Computer Interaction or a related field;
  • demonstrable research experience, as evidenced by publications in leading academic journals and with leading academic publishers;
  • enthusiasm for different forms and levels of delivering university teaching, at Bachelors and Masters level;
  • the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), or willingness to acquire this within the first two years;
  • experience in an academic position where research and teaching are combined;
  • experience with new methods of teaching (e.g., hybrid education, online teaching);
  • excellent organizational experience and skills;
  • enthusiasm, an interdisciplinary attitude, a strong team spirit, and the ability to motivate team members;
  • reasonable fluency in Dutch and English are required for teaching and management duties. Appointments are subject to the candidate’s proficiency in both, or their willingness to acquire thorough knowledge of Dutch and English as speedily as possible. Non-native Dutch speakers must achieve an active and passive command of Dutch within two years.

Our offer

This position is initially available as a temporary employment contract for a period of two years. Depending on performance, the contract may be converted to a permanent contract. The contract will preferably commence between 1 September 2021 and 1 November 2021.

The UFO profile for this position is, dependent on relevant experience, Universitair Docent 2 (scale 11) or Universitair Docent 1 (scale 12).

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will range from a minimum of €3.746 gross per month up to a maximum of €5.826 gross per month (salary scale 11-12), based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week), 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? Take a look here.

About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, 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.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Professor Judith Good

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize 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 application by closing date. You can apply online by using the link below. 

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter,
  • a detailed curriculum vitae,
  • a list of publications,
  • the names and email addresses of two referees who can provide letters of recommendation.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.


In your application, please refer to