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Full Professors – SAILS

The University of Leiden is looking for six Full Professors in Artificial Intelligence and Social and Behavioural Sciences, Law, Governance and Global Affairs, Humanities and Science.

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Begijnhof, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
19 - 38 uur


Our society is changing. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies are playing an increasingly important role in our society. To this end Leiden University has started a new, university wide initiative to enable collaboration on the use of AI. By building on and expanding the already existing expertise of AI the project intends to advance science and improve the quality of our life. All the disciplines of the University of Leiden are involved: Archeology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Public Administration, Sciences, and also the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), to collaborate and appoint new staff with joint interests. Leiden University has earmarked dedicated funding for the appointment of full professors, assistant professors, a post-doc and support staff to facilitate the expansion of AI related research at all its departments.

We are seeking six full professors. At the level of Leiden University, the professors will contribute to the recently started initiative on Social Science, Humanities, Law, AI and Life Sciences (“SAILS”), in which multidisciplinary research across different faculties is conducted, with AI as a core technology. SAILS provides ample opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations, and looks to build on and expand the current expertise on AI within Leiden University.

Some of the new possibilities raise social, political, legal, and ethical questions. How can artificial and human intelligence work together? What decisions can AI make, who will be responsible? How will society change, what new possibilities will emerge? Should AI be regulated? These and other valid questions will SAILS aim to address.


Information about the vacancies
Vac. no. 19-361 Full Professor in Humanities and AI
Vac. no. 19-362 Full Professor in Public Law & Governance of AI
Vac. no. 19-363 Full Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Data Theory
Vac. no. 19-364 Full Professor in Artificial Intelligence in Medicinal Chemistry
Vac. no. 19-365 Full Professor in Deep Learning Foundations
Vac. no. 19-366 Full Professor in Imaging and Visualisation


We offer a full-time temporary appointment for a period of 4 - 5 years (depending on the position) with a view to a permanent contract depending on good performance and funding. Salary range from € 5.582,- to € 8.127,- gross per month (pay scale H2 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 (8.3 %) bonuses, training, career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. 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.

Additional information

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.