[Haskell-cafe] Full professorships at Utrecht University

Swierstra, W.S. (Wouter) W.S.Swierstra at uu.nl
Tue May 10 07:13:53 UTC 2022

Utrecht University is currently recruiting four full professors in 
Computing Science. The exact research areas are not fixed -- but I'd 
love to see applications from the functional programming community:


# Job description

The Department of Information and Computing Sciences (ICS) is nationally 
and internationally renowned for its fundamental and applied research in 
computer science and information science. In our constantly changing 
(digital) society, we are continually looking for new, realistic ways to 
push the boundaries of both science and societal application. We 
contribute to innovative information technologies through the 
development and application of new concepts, theories, algorithms, and 
software methods. With our expertise, we nourish a wide range of 
interdisciplinary and societal collaboration initiatives.

The Department has grown significantly in the past years. Due to this 
growth and the upcoming retirement of some of our professors we envisage 
having appointed eight new full professors by the end of 2024 in the 
following fields of expertise: software systems (preferably in software 
production, and software and information security), artificial 
intelligence and data science (preferably in machine learning, 
responsible AI, and natural Language processing) and interaction 
(preferably in data-driven interaction).

We are now actively searching to fill four positions. Since we aim to 
continue to increase the participation of women in Information and 
Computing Sciences (both students and staff), we wish to appoint at 
least two female full professors. Additionally, we have one position 
open that is not tied to any specific area, exclusively reserved for 
female candidates, a Westerdijk chair*.

In Software Systems, we have research groups on Software Technology, 
Software Technology for Teaching and Learning, Software Production, and 
Business Process Management and Analytics. We lead the research masters 
on Computing Science and Business Informatics, and co-lead the bachelors 
Informatics and Information Science. We engage closely with industry and 
public sector partners to study the development and adoption of software 
technology and software production methods.

In Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, we have research groups on 
Intelligent Systems, Data Intensive Systems, Data Mining, and Natural 
Language Processing. We lead the multidisciplinary research master in 
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, and co-lead the Applied Data 
Science master and Artificial Intelligence bachelor.  We closely 
collaborate with the public sector and companies, for example in our 
National Police Lab AI and AI & Mobility Lab. We also work closely with 
other disciplines, for example in the university's Human Centered AI and 
Applied Data Science focus areas.

In Interaction Technology, we have research groups on Human Centered 
Computing, Game and Media Technology, Social and Affective Computing, 
and Visualisation and Graphics. We lead the Research Masters on Game & 
Media Technology and Human-Computer Interaction, and co-lead the 
Bachelor Information Science. Our state-of-the-art facilities include a 
Human-Centered Computing lab for prototyping interactive systems and 
conducting user studies and a Motion Capture and Virtual Reality Lab 
with full body motion capture equipment. We co-lead the 
multidisciplinary AI & Media and AI & Healthy Living labs and the Center 
for Game Research.

As a full professor you are a committed, internationally acknowledged 
and leading scientist with expertise in one of the areas of Information 
and Computing Science. Your ambition is to lead the further development 
of research, the quality of education (both in teaching and curriculum 
development) and the achievement of societal impact in the field of 
information and computing sciences. You seek internal and external 
(interdisciplinary) collaboration and acquire funding for research, 
developing new research collaborations and new application areas. You 
are an inspiring educator with enthusiasm for teaching.

Alongside you will take a leading role in your field of expertise, you 
also play an important role in creating a workplace that is supportive, 
socially safe and inclusive, further enhancing scientific integrity and 
working together towards open science. You have a clear view of how to 
achieve this as a leading staff member.

The Department provides a dynamic, informal and international work 
environment. Our approach is characterized by a connected, open, and 
can-do spirit that stimulates personal initiative and curiosity. You are 
a team player who encourages taking ownership and create value while 
sharing your knowledge both internally and across the wider (global) 

If you are excited to actively participate and collaborate in shaping 
our developing department, we invite you to apply. It is important that 
when you apply, you make clear where and how you see that your expertise 
fits the overall research and education portfolio of the department, 
including the relationship with (future) external stakeholders.

*A Westerdijk chair is a position especially installed to be occupied by 
a female professor. It is named after Johanna Westerdijk, appointed at 
Utrecht University in 1917 as the first female full professor in the 

# Qualifications

We are looking for new colleagues to complement our team at an academic 
as well as a personal level, who fit well with the following qualifications:

     a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science or another relevant 
     an internationally acknowledged research line with a strong 
publication track record on original research of high impact;
     an active player in international scientific communities;
     experience in and a personal view on how to lead a group of 
scientists and create and sustain a supportive, collaborative and 
inclusive work environment;
     demonstrated ability to acquire external funding for research and 
     driven to explore and forge new collaborations in- and outside 
     enthusiasm for education and experience with student supervision, 
ability to teach in BSc and MSc programmes;
     experience in and aspiration for further development of courses and 

# Offer

     a tenured position as full professor;
     a full-time gross salary ranging from €5,864 to €8,539 in scale H2 
at full professor level;
     benefits including an 8% holiday bonus and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
     a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible 
employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement (cao) 
Dutch Universities;
     a starting package that is negotiable and depends on what is 
necessary to give you a running start in the department;
     assistance in finding housing and, if applicable, help with finding 
employment for a partner and schools for children;
     in addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for 
Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own 
arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional 
development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the 
opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment 
Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to 
continue to grow.

# About the organisation

At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental 
connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, 
Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made 
up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some 
of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the 
individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious 
scientific projects.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart 
of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a 
thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s 
happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary 
research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent 
education. We are equally well-known for our informal atmosphere and the 
can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic 
environment attracts professors, researchers and PhD candidates from all 
over the globe, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a 
vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

# Additional information

If you have specific questions regarding the positions or the 
department, please email them to Professor Johan Jeuring (Head of 
Department) or Professor Judith Masthoff (Director of Research) at 
j.t.jeuring at uu.nl/ j.f.m.masthoff at uu.nl.

If you are interested in reading more about the development of our 
department, we can provide you with a copy of our summarized 
organizational development plan. You can send your request to 
a.bonsma at uu.nl.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an 
email to science.recruitment at uu.nl

# Apply


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome 
employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Please enclose:

     your motivation letter;
     your full academic curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
     your vision on research and education.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know others who may 
be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

The application deadline is 1 July 2022.

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