Are you a scientist with a PhD degree in the social, behavioural, or brain sciences or in artificial intelligence? And are you interested in being a driving force in developing research as well as teaching on the human factor in new technologies? Then you have a part to play as assistant professor. You will work on this interdisciplinary topic on our modern, sustainable campus where you can put your ideas to the test and push your boundaries.
As an assistant professor you will conduct research and teach in a 50-50 division. Under the topic “the human factor in new technologies” we will invest in research on brain-inspired and human-centric AI. What are the computational mechanisms of natural intelligence and how can we use them to develop more intelligent machines? The resulting models and algorithms are of great economic importance as they can lead to more efficient and smarter scientific, industrial, and societal applications. A better understanding of the computational mechanisms of the brain may also provide pathways to better treatment of neurodegenerative and acquired disorders such as dementia and aphasia. Research in human-centric AI will also aim to address other societal problems, for example neurotechnology to restore brain function, the development of more empathic robots, the use of AI to improve education, and automatic recognition of behaviour to support people with disabilities. Research on the human factor in new technologies will also concern the societal impact of AI. We will gain a better understanding of the various effects of the use of technology, such as the effects on productivity and wellbeing of employees (time pressure, feelings of freedom, etc.), the effects of cyber parenting in relation to vulnerable families, and the social effects of the use of algorithms. By mapping out the social impact of new technology and exploring possibilities for adjustment, we can develop a more balanced policy that is not only guided by technical possibilities and limitations, but also, and above all, by the social implications. This topic connects with the research programmes of the Behavioural Science Institute and Donders Centre for Cognition within our Faculty.
You will teach in one of our teaching programmes: psychology, communication science, or artificial intelligence. You will also support students in reflecting on their academic and professional development.
Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for contract for 1.5 years with the possibility of a permanent contract after positive evaluation.
The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) is one of Radboud University's seven faculties. It is a large and ambitious faculty with approximately 5,400 students and more than 800 staff members. In the faculty, education and research are valued equally and, are above all, intertwined. Other ambitions in the faculty strategy include: strengthening the Bachelor's/Master's/Post-Master's chain; interdisciplinary work in education and research; an increased focus on sustainability; reducing workload; promoting team science; careful recognition and rewards; a good personnel policy, and promoting a good work and study environment.
The faculty has three research institutes: Radboud Social Cultural Research (RSCR), the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI), and the Donders Centre for Cognition (DCC). Faculty education is accommodated in the Educational Institute of Social Sciences, which includes programmes in psychology, artificial intelligence, pedagogical sciences and educational science, communication science, sociology, anthropology and developmental sociology, as well as our postgraduate education at the Radboud Center for Social Sciences.
Houtlaan 4, 6525 XZ, Nijmegen
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Make sure to apply no later than 21 Aug 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).
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