Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Language, Speech and Communication

Radboud University Department of Language and Communication


Professor of Artificial Intelligence & Language, Speech and Communication

  • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 8,371
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Required background: PhD
  • Application deadline: 11 June 2021

We are looking for

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play an ever larger role in supporting our society and human well-being in the future. To realise its full potential, the Faculty of Arts is looking for a professor of Artificial Intelligence & Language, Speech and Communication at the Centre for Language Studies (CLS). 

As a full professor you will further the mission of CLS, boosting AI research at CLS such that research on language, speech and communication will inform the field of Artificial Intelligence, and vice versa. You will perform forward-looking research, including topics such as spoken-audio mining, computational modelling of speech and dialogue, or new approaches to digital humanities, and NLP for business, government and health. You will achieve this goal by leveraging a proven track record of AI research that is based on scientific knowledge of language, speech and communication.

You will participate in and represent the Faculty of Arts in a broad range of collaborations, including those with the Centre for Language and Speech Technology (CLST) at the Faculty of Arts, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences at the Faculty of Science, and the campus-wide Radboud AI initiative, as well as build national and international connections. You will be closely involved with education, teaching courses that relate AI with language, speech and communication.

You will be appointed at the Language and Communication department. You will be a leading researcher of the Centre for Language Studies, and teach courses at the Bachelor's and Research Master's levels at the Faculty of Arts.

You will conduct internationally renowned research, focusing on the reciprocal interaction between AI and fundamental knowledge in the areas of language, speech and communication, which is mutually beneficial for both areas. You will be expected to supervise PhD candidates and acquire research funds from national and European funding agencies as well as from third parties (including companies). In addition, you will contribute to making AI research at the Faculty of Arts visible and accessible to a wide audience.

You will teach within the educational programmes of the Faculty of Arts, in particular within the programmes provided by staff of the department of Language and Communication. At the Bachelor's level, you will teach mainly in Communication and Information Sciences and in Linguistics. At the Master's level, you will teach in the Master's programme in Linguistics and in the Research Master's programme in Linguistics and Communication Sciences. You will take an active interest in applying state-of-the-art teaching techniques to realise engaging and effective courses. You will contribute to the development and teaching of new courses and possibly of a new Master's programme in AI for language, speech and communication. Finally, you should have a clear vision of how research on AI can be made more attractive to and accessible for students of the Faculty of Arts.

You will collaborate with the other professors at the faculty, and lead a group of researchers working within AI, and you will be involved in the recruitment of staff in the expertise group.

We ask

You have a broad vision of how research on language, speech and communication can inform the field of Artificial Intelligence, and vice versa. CLS has a longstanding reputation for excellence in digital humanities, computational linguistics, and speech technology. This foundation underpins the current drive of CLS to promote research that reveals and supports the critical role that humanities knowledge plays in Artificial Intelligence (AI). If AI is to realise its potential to support society and human well-being, it must closely integrate the mechanics of human speech, the complexity of human language, and the principles of conversation and discourse. Further, expertise in speech, language and communication is needed to guide AI in navigating pitfalls such as algorithmic bias, algorithmic predictions which are not explainable to humans, and computation-based feedback loops that produce harmful hypertargeting, echo chambers, or rabbit holes online.

We therefore ask for:
  • A PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence or Linguistics.
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with research in Artificial Intelligence.
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with research in Language, Speech and Communication.
  • An extensive track record in academic publishing.
  • Proven academic leadership.
  • A strong track record in the supervision of PhD projects and junior researchers.
  • Demonstrable experience and willingness to collaborate with other groups within the department, faculty and other universities, and the willingness to represent the department at home and abroad.
  • Proven ability to acquire research funding.
  • Familiarity with the Dutch academic system (or willingness to familiarise yourself with it).
  • Fluency in English and Dutch (or willingness to acquire such fluency).
  • Proven teaching qualifications (senior teaching qualifications or willingness to acquire them).
We want to contribute to a better and sustainable world, which is why we especially welcome applications from candidates who bring diverse perspectives and experiences to our organisation and education and research programmes.

We are

The Faculty of Arts employs over 550 academic and support staff in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication. Research is embedded in two faculty research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). The faculty currently enrols some 2,400 students in three departments: the department of History, Art History and Classics, the department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the department of Language and Communication. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organisation, which is why we endeavour to create a culturally diverse staff.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 8,371 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale H2).
  • 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: 5 years, with the possibility of a career track or tenure track.
  • 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.

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. José Sanders, Head of Department Language & Communication
Tel.: +31 24 361 28 02

Apply directly

Please address your application to prof. José Sanders and submit it, using the application button, no later than 11 June 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.
  • Three key publications.
The first round of interviews will take place on 23 and 24 June. As part of the selection process, you may be asked to deliver a sample lecture and take part in an assessment centre.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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