6 Assistant Professor positions (Career Track) in Computer Science, Bioinformatics and AI

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is opening 6 new career track positions for talented computer scientists. Do you have expertise in any area of Computer Science, Bioinformatics or AI? Please apply at VU Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

Computer Science plays vital roles in all aspects of our lives, presenting more diverse research challenges than ever. An increasing demand for well-educated university graduates similarly drives a growing need for faculty in these disciplines. To address these needs, the Computer Science Department of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will open up 6 new Assistant Professor positions. Are you a talented computer scientist with a proven background in any area of Computer Science, Bioinformatics or AI? Then this may be an interesting offer for you.

As one of our new Assistant Professors, you will join a department conducting cutting-edge research on key topics within a coherent program. We combine fundamental, strategic, and application-oriented research to ensure that our work is highly relevant to both the scientific and societal spheres. This results in high-impact publications and research software. We prioritize scientific rigor and strive to be leaders in a global, competitive landscape. Our inter- and multidisciplinary research contributes to various societal domains, including humanities, social sciences, and health.

As a result of growing student populations in our undergraduate and graduate programmes,(https://vu.nl/en/about-vu/more-about/education-programmes-computer-science) particularly in the BSc/MSc Computer Science, MSc Bioinformatics and BSc/MSc AI programmes, you provide additional teaching capacity in these programmes. We are looking for candidates who have affinity with teaching in these areas.  Concerning research, we do not limit our search to specific research areas, but we would like you to complement the expertise already present in the department’s research domains.

Your duties
  •  you pursue an active research program
  •  you teach introductory and advanced classes at bachelor and master level
  •  you supervise undergraduate and graduate students
  •  you perform management tasks within the department


  • you have a PhD in a computer science, AI or Bioinformatics related area
  • you have postdoctoral experience or equivalent in the corresponding field of research
  • you have a strong international research profile
  • you have a track record in teaching at university level

We are encouraging female researchers with a strong track record in priority areas within the Faculty of Science and the Department of Computer Science to apply. In addition, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has established the Lovelace Fellowship Programme, specifically for the Computer Science department, to promote gender diversity and make a gender-balanced contribution to society in its own academic field. Two of the six positions will be Ada Lovelace fellowship appointees.

The Lovelace Fellowship Programme
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has initiated the Lovelace Fellowship programme specifically for Computer Science to promote gender diversity and bring a gender-balanced contribution to society in their own academic field. It aims to attract outstanding female talents with leadership potential and offers a career-track appointment in combination with a starter package financed via starters grant. This programme is intended for ambitious women in academia, research institutes or industry who have a PhD and aspire to become Assistant- or Associate Professor and potentially grow towards a full professorship. The fellowship is named after Ada Lovelace, known as “the first computer programmer”.
Applicants must be outstanding researchers in priority areas within the Faculty of Science and the Department of Computer Science. The applicants have the ambition to develop a research track and research group. Educational experience and affinity for teaching are also given high priority. The Lovelace Fellows are expected to participate in and contribute to the development of the department’s teaching programme, so a broad scientific vision on research and education and organisational involvement including managerial tasks are expected.

What are we offering?

Challenging positions in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 4.332 (scale 11) and a maximum of € 5.929 (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.

We offer noncompetitive career track positions at the level of Assistant Professor. A career plan to grow from Assistant Professor lv. 2 (profile Universitair Docent 2, salary scale 11) to Assistant Professor lv. 1 (profile Universitair Docent 1, salary scale 12) will be made and formalized in a tailored career track agreement. (with specific performance indicators).

The initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months including two months’ probation. 15 Months after the starting date, performance will be evaluated. After a successful evaluation permanent employment will be granted.

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)
  • possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave
  • contribution to commuting expenses

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 31,000 students. We employ over 5,000 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
Working at the Faculty of Science means working together with students, PhD candidates and scientists who are focused on their discipline, yet also have a broad view of the world. We are proud of the collegial working environment within the faculty, which is characterised by an ambitious and pragmatic attitude with commitment to the bigger picture. At the Faculty of Science, scientists and students work on fundamental and complex social issues for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, from genetics to pharmaceuticals and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research cover the full breadth of the natural sciences. Scientific teaching and research is highly experimental, technical, computational and interdisciplinary in nature. This is why we collaborate extensively with leading research institutes and industry. The faculty has over 11,000 students studying across 40 educational programmes and employs over 1,600 staff spread over 10 scientific departments, making us the largest science faculty in the Netherlands.


The Computer Science Department
The department of Computer Science has approximately 260 members, including 35 tenured staff members and 80 PhD students. The department comprises 15 research groups that collaborate on six key themes: Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Computer Systems, User-Centric Data Science, Software and Sustainability, and Theoretical Computer Science. We benefit from the rapidly growing interest in AI, data science, and cybersecurity, as well as the investments in Dutch Computer Science research. We recently moved into a new building with state-of-the-art labs.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 04/12/2023

In your application cover letter, indicate for which of the three areas, (1) Computer Science, (2) Bioinformatics, and/or (3) AI, you would like to be considered. You can indicate more than one area. If you work in any other area, please indicate (4) other. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Hellen Drooger
Position: Assistant Department Manager
E-mail: h.a.drooger@vu.nl

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Job area: Assistant Professor
Educational Level: Postdoc
VU unit: Faculty of Science
Contract type: Temporary with prospects of permanent employment
Minimum FTE: 0.8
Minimum salary scale: €4,332 (scale 11)
Maximum salary scale: €5,929 (scale 11)