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Assistant/Associate Professor In Cognition-Inspired Intelligent Systems M/F

Job description

Are you interested in Cognition-Inspired Intelligent Systems? Would you like to focus on the application of computational cognitive models in technical systems? Are you inspired by challenges in human interaction with technical systems, and human information processes? Do you have a passion for teaching and guiding students? At the University of Twente we are looking for an enthusiastic fulltime Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the the Department for Learning, Data-Analytics and Technology (LDT) cluster at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences. A growing multidisciplinary research group exploring and assessing how the broad field of data-driven human decision support, and learning and instruction affect our societies, institutions and daily lives, and vice versa. The surplus value of the cognition-inspired intelligent systems approach lies in the close entanglement of applied (problem solving) research and basic (information processing) research.


You contribute to research, teaching, and knowledge valorisation. You will be responsible for:

  • developing our research line, with a genuine interest in operating at the crossroads of different disciplines such as the UT-wide Digital Society Institute (https://www.utwente.nl/en/research/themes/digital/);
  • developing systems that show intelligent executive control of (deep-learning) systems involved in perception, motor behaviour and behaviour planning;
  • acquiring external research funding;
  • (co-)teaching and coordinating courses in the Psychology bachelor and master programs, and the Robotics master programme;
  • supervising students from these programs in their graduation assignment; contributing to the supervision of PhD students;
  • working jointly with BMS lab (a lab that develops expertise in using behavioural and industrial research datasets for research).

Your profile

Candidates we seek

  • have strong interest and experience in human neurocognition, as well as in modelling neural networks and cognitive processes (e.g., in C++ or Python, candidates have a plus when they have experience with the iCub robot);
  • hold a PhD degree in a relevant background and have experience in research, which is apparent from international peer-reviewed publications in highly ranked academic journals, presentations in international scientific conferences, grant application skills and other academic activities;
  • show vision and entrepreneurial drive, are active in networks for acquiring research funding, and conduct (fundamental and applied) research within a multidisciplinary environment;
  • are team workers having ambition and experience in working closely with scholars in social sciences and technology, companies and government;
  • possess, or are interested in acquiring, a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) certificate (or international equivalent), are passionate, creative and effective teachers able to teach psychological and professional skills as shown in good teaching evaluations;
  • possess good communication skills and an excellent command of English, at least at C2 level.

Our offer

We offer an appointment as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (1,0 FTE) for 2 years, after which your position can become permanent, subject to a successful evaluation. The starting data will be preferably 1 June 2021 or if possible earlier. The starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between € 3.746 to € 6.940 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, we offer additional attractive employment conditions (8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave, professional and personal development programs, etc.).

Information and application

You are encouraged to discuss your ideas about this position with prof.dr. Willem Verwey: w.b.verwey@utwente.nl or prof.dr. Frank van der Velde: f.vandervelde@utwente.nl. You can submit your application, including a recent CV and your vision statement on teaching and research, a summary and table of contents of your dissertation, three references to your best publications along with the names of two references before April 1, 2021.

About the organization

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. By means of 'social engineering', we are here to integrate these advances in society. As a people-first tech university, we align these advances with the needs and behaviour of humans. We ensure proper public and private management as well as robust, inclusive and fair organisational structures. The faculty of BMS does this by developing, transferring and applying high-quality knowledge of Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Science, Philosophy, Educational Science, and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines is challenge-based. The BMS research programmes are directly linked to our research institutes: Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the TechMed Centre and the Digital Society Institute.
As an employer, the BMS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

Assistant/Associate Professor In Cognition-Inspired Intelligent Systems M/F
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