Education Market, Leiden University, Artificial Intelligence, Academic Research
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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.


Full Professors – SAILS (1.0 FTE, 6 positions)


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.


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.


Our organization
Leiden University is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. Thanks to its more than 6,500 committed and inspired employees, the university enjoys a leading role in academic research and education. Leiden also scores very well every year in prominent rankings. This means that, to maintain our position, the bar is set very high. Today, with some 27,000 students, 5,500 staff, 16 Nobel prizes, more than 100 nationalities and a budget of more than 550 million Euros, it is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University has locations in both Leiden and The Hague. Both are vibrant cities with numerous shopping and cultural offerings where history is tangible everywhere you go. Leiden and The Hague are centrally located and near other major cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, close to Schiphol Airport and in the vicinity of beaches and dunes. They are wonderful places to live and work.


Terms and conditions 
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.


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


Information about the vacancies
Vacancy number 19-361 Full Professor in Humanities and AI
Vacancy number 19-362 Full Professor in Public Law & Governance of AI
Vacancy number 19-363 Full Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Data Theory
Vacancy number 19-364 Full Professor in Artificial Intelligence in Medicinal Chemistry
Vacancy number 19-365 Full Professor in Deep Learning Foundations
Vacancy number 19-367 Full Professor in Imaging and Visualisation


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