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Assistant Professor

Leiden University, the Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), is looking for an Assistant Professor

8 maanden geleden


Wassenaarseweg, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 38 uur


Project description
Due to rapid growth, Leiden University has an opening for an assistant professor in natural computing optimization to strengthen our team. Leiden is a large university in a small university town known for its friendly charm, close to the North Sea. LIACS, the institute of advanced computer science, has a culture of excellence through collaboration. We consciously support research and education through teamwork, collaboration, fun, and caring for each other. Through this position we aim to strengthen the research and education in our Natural Computing group. Areas of interest include Evolutionary and Swarm Computing, Efficient Global Optimization and Bayesian Optimization, Optimization for Expensive Objective Functions (including Hyperparameter Optimization), and Optimization relating to Quantum Computing. We strongly value original research and original ideas for your own research.

This position is offered with the opportunity for a joint-appointment with industry. The joint appointment program creates an extra opportunity for the candidate to work for part of their time directly for a company. If accepted by the candidate and the company, this will create multiple benefits for all parties. It allows the candidate to have greater impact for their research output via the company, which can bring research results to real-life. The candidate can experience industrial research and be adequately compensated. Moreover, the candidate is in a unique position to help build a close collaboration between the university and the company, fostering a collaborative environment and creating opportunities for joint PhD research programs.

Key responsibilities

  • Conducting independent research in your field, establishing an own research group;
  • Teaching suitable BSc and MSc courses and supervising BSc, MSc, and PhD students;
  • Securing external funding for research;
  • Contribution to organizational activities of the Institute.


  • PhD degree in Computer Science;
  • Several years of experience at the postdoctoral level in this field;
  • Focus on results through collaboration;
  • Strong publication record and experience in raising research funds;
  • Proven track record in teaching;
  • Energetic ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker with a clear view on a challenging research program;
  • Team spirit/collaboration attitude strongly preferred.


We offer a 5 year term position, starting early 2020. Salary range for a full-time working week from €3,427.- to €4,691.- gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see http://workingat.leiden.edu/

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

We support and understand the need for a work/life/family balance and consequent varying working hours and places. We believe that doing good science is fun and goes hand in hand with a friendly culture. In the Netherlands, a maternity allowance is standard for 16 weeks. Child care is available at and near the Bio Science Park.

Additional information

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. LIACS is a highly diverse institute, in culture, background, and gender. We stand for excellence in a caring institute. We wish to reflect society in all aspects, as we believe that this improves the dynamics in our organization.

Inquiries can be made to Aske Plaat, email: a.plaat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, or Thomas Baeck, email: t.h.w.baeck@liacs.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Marloes van der Nat, email: m.van.der.nat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, telephone: +31 71 527 7061.