Professor of Intelligent Sensory Information Systems University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute

Professor of Intelligent Sensory Information Systems


Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute


Publication date
24 March 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€5.260 to €7.659 gross per month
Closing date
31 May 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Faculty of Science occupies a leading position internationally in its fields of research and participates in a large number of cooperative programmes with universities, research institutes and businesses. The faculty has a student body of around 6,000 and 1,500 members of staff, spread over eight research institutes and a number of faculty-wide support services. A considerable part of the research is made possible by external funding from Dutch and international organisations and the private sector. The Faculty of Science offers 11  Bachelor's degree programmes and 18 Master’s degree programmes in the fields of the exact sciences, computer science and information studies, and life and earth sciences.


Within the Faculty, the information sciences are organized in two research institutes, the Informatics Institute and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. The Informatics Institute encompasses around 270 members, organized in an education group, an administrative bureau and eight research groups that cooperate intensively, both formally and informally.


The Informatics Institute has a full-time vacancy for a Professor of Intelligent Sensory Information Systems.


Job description


We are seeking a candidate to chair the Intelligent Sensory Information Systems group. The candidate is expected to make significant contributions in world-class research and top quality academic teaching, as well as effective contributions to management and organization of the research group and the Informatics Institute.


The candidate is expected to sustain the group by acquiring funding from national, international, and industrial sources and actively contribute to exploitation of scientific research, thus contributing to the valorisation duty of the University.


We are looking for a candidate who has the ambition to lead a diverse research group. Someone who inspires the Intelligent Sensory Information Systems group, represents the group and maintains and further builds on the international academic visibility of the Intelligent Sensory Information Systems group. Someone who has a talent for, and a clear vision on university teaching and research.


We strongly encourage women to apply.




The world is full of digital images and videos. In this deluge of visual information, the grand challenge is to unlock its content. This quest is the central research aim of the Intelligent Sensory Information Systems group. We address the complete knowledge chain of image and video retrieval by machine and human. Topics of study are semantic understanding, image and video mining, and interactive picture analytics. Our research strives for automation that matches human visual cognition, interaction surpassing human and machine intelligence, and visualization blending it all in interfaces giving instant insight. Our research culminates in state-of-the-art image and video search engines which we evaluate in leading benchmarks, often as the best performer, in user studies, and in challenging applications. The new chair should preserve the excellence in science the group has reached and should aim to bring it to the next level.




The candidate is expected to significantly contribute to the educational  programmes in the College of Science and the Graduate School of Informatics. Teaching emphasis is expected to be on the  Bachelor and Master  programmes in Artificial Intelligence, with potential contributions to the Computer Science, Information Studies, or post graduate education. In addition to teaching, the candidate should play an active role in shaping the curricula of the  programmes, participating in their management, and creating the conditions for high quality teaching.


Organization and management


The candidate should take an active role in management tasks within the Informatics Institute and the Faculty of Science.


Profile of the chair and candidate



  • Strong leader, team player, flexible, and good communication skills;

  • fluent in English; conversational skills in Dutch or willing to acquire those;

  • inspiring educator; adaptive to student level and different ways of teaching (e.g. blended learning); capability to design, evaluate, and improve teaching;

  • capable of defining and implementing strategic decisions;

  • manage the whole chain from fundamental knowledge to innovation and application.



  • Leading the Intelligent Sensory Information Systems group; setting the research agenda for the group; stimulate cohesion and collaboration in the group; provide the optimal context for excellent research and education;

  • define and perform world-class research; guide PhD students and postdocs; publish in leading journals and conferences;

  • teaching at various levels and be adaptive to the state-of-the-art in the field; taking the lead in directing programs, its evaluation, or its continuous improvements;

  • building on current collaborations of the Intelligent Sensory Information Systems group and extending them with new relations within the Informatics Institute, with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as well as national and international research institutes, companies, or other organizations;

  • take the lead in acquiring funding for the research of the group; coaching junior researchers in acquiring funding;

  • take on managerial roles within the Informatics Institute.




We are looking for a creative and inspiring scientist with excellent managerial qualities and leadership capabilities. The candidate should have a clear vision on how to approach the current scientific challenges facing the field of Informatics.

  • PhD in Computer Science / Informatics or related field;

  • excellent track record of publications in leading international journals and conferences;

  • evidence of international leadership in her/his field;

  • experience in successful supervision of PhD students;

  • experience in successful acquisition of funding, both on national and international level;

  • have a strong national and international network;

  • experience in valorisation of research;

  • experience in managing and guiding teams of researchers and have excellent management and communication skills;

  • proven teaching skills, preferably with a certificate of academic teaching quality (Dutch BKO or equivalent), have excellent didactic qualities and affinity with the content of the Bachelors and Master programs in Artificial Intelligence.


Further information


For further information, questions and/or comments please contact: 

  • Prof. Alfons Hoekstra, chair of the selection committee

     T+31 (0) 20 525 7543


Names of qualified candidates can also be suggested to Prof. Hoekstra.




We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university, a permanent tenured appointment as full-time professor and an attractive package of fringe benefits, for instance: generous leave arrangements, application for attractive fiscal arrangements are possible for employees from abroad, attractive retirement benefits, collective health insurance and excellent parental leave packages.


The salary is in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €5,260 up to a maximum of €7,659 gross per month (scale H2) before tax, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), depending on expertise and previous experience. Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for  Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The holiday allowance will be 8% per year and the end of year allowance 8.3%


Job application


Applications must include:

  • a cover letter and a statement summarizing your motivation (max 1 page);

  • your previous research accomplishments and your future research goals (max 2 pages);

  • your teaching statement (max 2 pages);

  • a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications, a list of your best three papers;

  • the names and contact coordinates (email and telephone numbers) of three references.


Include the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.


Applications may only be submitted by electronic mail. Please combine all the documents in one single attachment and send this to


To enable us to process your application immediately, please quote 17-131 Professor of Intelligent Sensory Information Systems in the subject-line.


The closing date for applications is 31 May 2017.


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