Assistant or Associate Professor in Generative Artificial Intelligence (Tenure Track)

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Wageningen University & Research


Are you an expert in Generative Artificial Intelligence? Do you have a keen interest in making significant contributions to the rapid advancement of large language models and AI-driven socio-technical systems? Are you eager to elevate your career to new heights within a dynamic research environment that champions excellence, fosters innovation, and promotes collaborative success? If yes, then we invite you to apply for this role!

Wageningen University is a top-ranking university, positioned among the world's leading institutions in the food, agriculture and environmental domains. The Information Technology (INF) group at Wageningen University conducts research on the topics of smart systems development, and system-of-systems engineering, which is primarily centered in the life sciences domain. In this context, we focus on artificial intelligence, data science, software engineering and socio-technical systems engineering.

Over the last few years, the group has rapidly grown and developed a solid research agenda on smart systems engineering. To further strengthen our research and education activities in artificial intelligence and data science, the INF group invites applications for a tenure track assistant (UD) or associate (UHD) professor position in the area of generative artificial intelligence and natural language processing (NLP).

In a challenging career trajectory, you are responsible for:
  • conducting high-quality scientific research and publishing in reputed scientific journals
  • acquiring, coordinating and implementing innovative (inter)national research projects in one or more of the above areas
  • collaborating with colleagues and supervising PhD students, MSc and BSc theses
  • developing and teaching courses
  • contributing to the further development of the INF group

Training and coaching are provided to accomplish all these tasks.

Tenure Track is a career path for scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.


You are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist devoted to excellence in research and education in the above-mentioned fields. Further, you have:
  • a PhD degree in computer science, artificial intelligence or a related area;
  • a solid background and experience in artificial intelligence and natural language processing;
  • demonstrated research and teaching experience;
  • affinity with current AI opportunities and issues in society and industry;
  • proof of independence and international recognition;
  • experience in project acquisition;
  • a clear vision of future research directions in your own area of expertise;
  • experience and interest in working in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent communication skills and team spirit;
  • good didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
  • active knowledge of English (spoken and written, a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.


Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality, and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will be offered a fixed-term, 7-year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 4.332 and € 6.737 for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11 or 12).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance, under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.

Meer informatie

For more information about this position, please contact Prof.dr.ir. Bedir Tekinerdogan,
by email: bedir.tekinerdogan@wur.nl

For more information about the procedure, please contact Noorien Abbas, Corporate Recruiter, by email: recruitment.ssg@wur.nl

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. Please only upload a motivation letter and an updated CV. No other documents are required at this stage.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 4 March 2024. We hope to schedule the first job interviews soon after the closing date.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.