Assistant Professor in Social or Behavioral Data Science

Tilburg University - Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences has a job opening for an Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)
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As a researcher, you conduct excellent research on (novel) data science methods applied to the social and behavioral sciences. The research focuses on developing and validating algorithms and (computational) models to analyze complex, high dimensional, or large data sets from social and behavioral sciences. Methods include Bayesian modelling, data integration, supervised and unsupervised learning, data mining, and machine learning. The candidate is also expected to collaborate with (substantive) researchers in our School and others in applying the new methods.

As a lecturer, you teach general and specialist courses in research methods, data science, and applied statistics in the joint TU/e - TiU data science Bachelor, in the Data Science and Society master program, and in other programs to which our department contributes.. Teaching includes coordinating one or two courses, teaching lectures and tutorials, and supervising research internships, bachelor theses, and master theses. The position also involves contributing to management.


We are looking for a talented researcher with an ambitious research agenda and a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher in data science methods with a focus on the social or behavioral sciences. Candidates have a (nearly) completed PhD and an excellent (early career) track record in publishing research findings in recognized scientific journals in the field. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with demonstrable experience in (co-)teaching a large-scale course and supervising students. We expect the candidate to hold or acquire the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; in Dutch: BKO) and good command of English (C2 level).


Tilburg University is a specialized university with a high international reputation that strives to advance society by deepening the understanding of that society through research and education. The Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers excellent, innovative education aimed at preparing students to become future leaders by focusing on knowledge, skills, and character building. The School offers a varied range of Bachelor and Master programs to its 3000 students and is organized around the motto of "Understanding Society". The school’s intellectually stimulating working environment challenges its workers.
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Your valuable contribution will be rewarded with attractive benefits and sufficient attention to work-life balance. Our offer includes:

  • A position based on 0.8-1.0 FTE (32-40 hours per week)
  • This is a vacancy for a structural position in accordance with Article 2.3, paragraph 1 of the Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) for Dutch Universities and concerns a temporary employment contract with a view to permanent employment. You will initially receive a temporary employment contract for the duration 18 months (external candidates), with a view to permanent employment (assistant, associate, or full professor).
  • A salary ranging from a minimum of €4,332.-- to a maximum of €5,929.-- gross per month for full time employment, based on UFO profile Assistant Professor 2 and salary scale 11 of the CLA for Dutch Universities.

In addition to your monthly salary, you will receive 41 vacation days (for a 40-hour work week), a holiday allowance (8%), and a year-end bonus (8.3%). We reimburse the full cost of sustainable commuting: walking, cycling, or public transportation. We have a moving expenses scheme that makes it attractive to live close to the university. You will be enrolled in the ABP pension fund through us. Our Options Model allows you to choose from a variety of facilities at a tax advantage. You can work in a hybrid manner: on campus and, for a reimbursement, from home. Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance of 30% of their taxable salary if they meet the relevant conditions. The university applies for this allowance on their behalf.

You will work in a pleasant working environment; a green campus with plenty of facilities. Tilburg University is a leading, entrepreneurial, and innovative university in the humanities and social sciences. The university employs 2,400 staff members and hosts 20,000 students of some 100 different nationalities. For nearly a century, this organization has worked together with a tradition aimed at contributing to society. We strive to be a community where differences in age, gender, orientation, and cultural and religious backgrounds are valued, with equal opportunities for colleagues and students and where, moreover, all decisions take into account the importance of preserving the Earth for future generations.
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Meer informatie

Candidates can apply online by submitting: A motivation letter; a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and a research statement. Both statements have to cover the research and education that will be conducted (max. 500 words). The most promising candidates will be invited to present and discuss their work with relevant members of TSB. A short scientific lecture and / or a trial class might be part of the selection procedure.

Specific information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. K. Van Deun, tel. +31-13-4662286, email: K.VanDeun@tilburguniversity.edu.