Artificial Intelligence
Tijdelijk dienstverband
Den Haag
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8), Master (EQF 7)
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Project description
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.


Key responsibilities
The datafication of society changes the way in which public institutions govern. AI challenges classical legal norms and concepts of public administration, but at the same time also has strong potential to strengthen compliance with public norms. The prospective professor of the chair will play a leading role in this interdisciplinary debate. S/he has profound knowledge of AI applications within the public sector, foresees technological developments and is specialized in relevant core themes of public law and governance. The chair will be imbedded in both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs.


Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs
The Institute of Public Administration is one of the largest and oldest institutes of academic research and teaching in the field of public administration in the Netherlands and is located in The Hague. The institute combines a solid international academic reputation with a central positioning among the international, national, regional and local governance institutions of The Hague. It employs around 80 people and provides education to 1200 students. It is part of the Faculty Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA), one of the seven faculties of Leiden University. Besides Public Administration the faculty consists of two other institutes and four centers of expertise. More information about the faculty may be found at: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/governance-and-global-affairs


The institute has an international profile and gets high peer reviewed ratings, both for its research and education. It offers a Dutch Bachelor of Public Administration, a Dutch Master Management of the Public Sector and an English Master Public Administration. All three have several specializations. Based on the strong academic disciplinary approach, the institute collaborates with other institutes and faculties of Leiden University on interdisciplinary research and education programs.


With over 5,000 students and 450 members of staff, Leiden Law School is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The Faculty focuses on multi-faceted high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions. The Faculty is housed in the beautifully restored Kamerlingh Onnes Building on the Steenschuur in Leiden. Working for the Leiden Law School means working in an inspiring scientific environment. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/law


The center for law and digital technologies (eLaw) was founded in 1985 and has a leading role in research and education on law and digital technologies. The center studies the social, legal and normative impact of emerging digital technologies. The focus of our research and education is particularly on digital technologies and their interplay with fundamental rights and the rule of law. Key themes in our research and education are: online privacy and personal data protection; cybercrime and cybersecurity; data science and law; internet governance; law and complexity in digital society; electronic communications law; children's rights in the digital world; and media and fundamental rights. Information about the center for law and digital technologies can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/law/institute-for-the-interdisciplinary-study-of-the-law/elaw and about Leiden University at www.leiden.edu


Terms and conditions 
We offer a full-time temporary appointment for a period of 4 years 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.


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


Enquiries can be made to Prof Dr Bernard Steunenberg T +31 70 800 9499 E  b.steunenberg@fgga.leidenuniv.nl or Prof Dr Ing Bram Klievink T + 31 70 800 9486 E  a.j.klievink@fgga.leidenuniv.nl or Prof Mr Ymre Schuurmans T + 31 71 527 8924 E y.e.schuurmans@law.leidenuniv.nl. Please be aware that due to holidays contact persons are not / limited accessible until the end of August.


More vacancies and information via https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/vacancies. See for the other 5 positions: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/vacatures/2019/q3/19-361-19-366-full-professors---sails.


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to SecrBSK@fgga.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you attach the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number 19-362.

  • Curriculum Vitae and list of publications;
  • Motivational letter;
  • Names of 3 references.       

Only applications received no later than September 15, 2019 can be considered.


Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated