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Assistant Professor Position – Computer Science, Natural Language Processing, Netherlands 2022

Maastricht University (UM), The Netherlands

The Maastricht University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in computer science, focused on natural language processing (NLP)., at the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE), The Netherlands -Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 18 Months
Salary: 3,821 EURO/Month

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering
Maastricht University (UM)
Maastricht, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

Profile |Our ideal candidate has:

  • A PhD degree in computer science, computational linguistics, machine learning, applied mathematics, engineering, or a strongly related field;
  • At least 1 year working experience in an academic environment post-PhD;
  • A track record in research and teaching
  • Experience with applying for research funding;
  • Experience with guiding Bachelor/Master/PhD students;
  • Fluent mastery of the English language;
  • A personality characterized by team spirit, ambition, and vision;
  • A keenness to build bridges between disciplines and to work in an interdisciplinary environment.

We will help you develop yourself as a teacher and obtain a University Teaching Qualification (BKO, for basiskwalificatie onderwijs: an official certification for teaching at Dutch universities) through a training programme, in case you are not yet certified.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We invite applications for an assistant professor position in computer science, focused on natural language processing (NLP). The position is open to all areas of NLP. We are particularly interested in candidates who have expertise in applying NLP in areas such as human-machine interaction, cognitive and social robotics, decision making, text mining, dialogue and communicative systems, automated argumentation, question answering, machine translation, information extraction, and NLP for social goods.

As an assistant professor, you will undertake cutting-edge research in an academic environment that is intellectually stimulating, welcoming, and collaborative. You will also contribute to our top-rated education, which is integrated with ongoing research in the department.

 Responsibilities |More specifically, you will:

  • Conduct leading research in your field of expertise;
  • Teach courses at the bachelor and master level (in English);
  • Supervise students at all levels (BSc, MSc, PhD);
  • Network and collaborate with internal and external research partners;
  • Apply for research funding on a national and European level.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: AT2022.3
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Documents Required

If you are interested in the position of Assistant Professor in Computer Science / NLP at DKE, we welcome you to apply via Academic Transfer (link) .

Please send in the following documents:

  • Research statement;
  • Teaching statement;
  • CV;
  • List of publications;
  • Contact information (names, e-mail addresses, and phone number) of two persons willing to provide references.

Applications received by (end of day) January 31, 2022 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled, and we may call you in for an interview either in person or via Skype (depending on your location/COVID-19 travel restrictions).

We strongly believe in diversity (including but not limited to nationality, age and gender) and encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

 You can send your application to this e-mail:

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.

About the Department

The Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering

Founded in 1992, we are a fast-growing department undertaking internationally respected research in the areas of data science, computer science, artificial intelligence, applied mathematics, and robotics. Much of our research takes place at the interfaces of these disciplines. We maintain a large network of industry partners and provide education through one bachelor’s programme and two master’s programmes, all of which are nationally ranked #1 in their cohort according to the most recent education rankings.

Our new colleague(s) will be joining a tight-knit department consisting of ~60 principal investigators, postdocs and PhD students, 800 BSc and MSc students and a team of 15 dedicated support staff members. Together, we come from over 40 different countries.

Faculty of Science and Engineering | The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is home to several outstanding departments and institutions covering education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the liberal arts and sciences.

Living and working in Maastricht | DKE is housed in the historical city center of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Situated in the heart of Europe and within 30 kilometers from the German and Belgian borders, Maastricht and its 120,000 inhabitants have a strong international character. It is a safe and family-friendly city with a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The city’s rich past is reflected everywhere in the streets: the ratio of monuments-to-inhabitants is roughly 1:73. If you are unfamiliar with The Netherlands, UM’s Knowledge Centre for International Staff will gladly assist you with practical matters such as housing.

About the Employer: Maastricht University (UM)

Conditions of Employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months + option permanent contract.

We offer a position (1.0 FTE) as Assistant Professor (universitair docent), starting as soon as possible. Upon satisfactory performance in the one and a half year probationary period, this initially 18 months position will become permanent.

We offer a salary as stipulated in the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. Within this framework, we offer a competitive salary with a minimum of € 3,821 and a maximum of € 5.943 per month (depending on your experience) for a full-time position of 38 hours/week. On top of this, there is an annual holiday allowance (8% of annual income) and an annual end-of-year bonus (8.3% of annual income).

Applicants from outside The Netherlands may be eligible for the so-called 30% ruling, a tax cut for highly skilled migrants that applies for a maximum of five years. If you are moving to Maastricht from more than 40 kilometers away, you may qualify for a one-time reimbursement of your relocation costs

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Local UM provisions also apply. Notable terms include a pension scheme, an optional collective healthcare plan and partially paid parental leave. Furthermore, UM makes use of a selection model, which allows you to exchange employment conditions to adapt them to your preferences and circumstances. For more information look at the website > About UM > Working at UM.

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Contact details

If you have questions about this position, you can refer to:

Prof. Mark Winands
Professor in Machine Reasoning
Chair of DKE

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