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Postdoctoral Fellowship Human Computer Interaction (1.0 FTE) (219496)


The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential global ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from physics to artificial intelligence, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to engineering and technology.
On top of its track record of research excellence, the Faculty offers a large number of bachelor’s degree programmes (overseen by our Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering) and master’s degree programmes (overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering). Nearly all of our bachelor's (BSc) and master's degree programmes (MSc) are fully English-taught, thus allowing students from all over the world to follow a degree programme with us.

The FSE Fellowship programme
Our unique FSE fellowship programme offers temporary positions for talented junior researchers who want to further develop both their research and teaching skills. You will have an appointment for four years during which you can do challenging research, have various teaching responsibilities (approximately 30% of the time), and be offered opportunities for training and career orientation.
From the start, you will have a personal Work and Development Plan (WDP) that describes the specific research, teaching and training activities that you will undertake. You will receive didactic training in your first year and have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification. In addition to the yearly Result and Development Interviews with your supervisors, you will have a yearly meeting with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans.
A personal budget of a € 1,000 per year is dedicated for additional training and career activities.

Job description

We are seeking a candidate who can contribute to the research and teaching activities in Human Computer Interaction. The position is embedded within the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.
You are expected to teach various courses related to Cognitive Engineering / Human Factors and applications in the degree programmes of Artificial Intelligence and Human-Machine Communication (Computational Cognitive Science). Part of your job will also be to supervise master's and bachelor’s research projects in Human Machine Communication and Artificial Intelligence.
You are expected to further develop your own research profile in collaboration with the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science departments within the Bernoulli Institute.


You have:
• a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science or similar, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the University of Groningen
• a promising research record
• affinity with teaching; individuals with actual teaching experience will be favoured
• an excellent command of the English language.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a starting salary (scale 10) depending on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years

-) 0 years: € 3,255 gross per month for a full-time position
-) 1 year: € 3,389 gross per month for a full-time position
-) 2 years: € 3,514 gross per month for a full-time position
-) 3 years: € 3,637 gross per month for a full-time position

  • in addition to the primary salary an 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • initially an appointment of one year that will be extended by 3 years if you perform satisfactorily; the fellowship will not be extended after the four years period.

The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

The preferred starting date is January 2020.


Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

• a letter of motivation
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
• a short description (max 1 A4) of your teaching interests (extra attachment 1)
• a short description (max 1 A4) of your scientific field of interest (extra attachment 2).

In this stage of recruitment, we don’t ask for reference letters.

You can submit your application until 3 November 11.59pm / before 4 November 2019 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The selection interviews are scheduled in week 49 and 50.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


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