Assistant Professor in Data science and AI for Agriculture, Food and Nature (0.8 - 1.0 fte)

Assistant Professor in Data science and AI for Agriculture, Food and Nature (0.8 - 1.0 fte)

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24 Feb 19 Mar 's-Hertogenbosch

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Job description

JADS Mariënburg: we are the place for passionate, original academics
The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS), is the joint Data Science Academy of Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. We are a team of scientists passionate about data science, AI, Business and Entrepreneurship. As a young institution we are looking for excellent researchers with a can-do mentality who are team players and are willing to connect to other fields. Our researchers have a strong background in quantitative and statistical methods, data science and computer science. We strive for impact in one of our focus domains; Food and Nature, Wellbeing and Healthcare, Sustainable and Social entrepreneurship, Crime and Safety. For this position, affinity and experience in the Agriculture, Food and Nature domain is preferred. 


We engage in many funded research projects with industry and (semi-) public institutes, both at the national and international level. Regarding education, our research is closely linked to our education and our researchers are involved in our educational programs. We are currently responsible for the (technical) Master Data Science in Business and Entrepreneurship, the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Data Science and a PhD-program in Data Science. These are all selective programs for highly motivated students with strong quantitative skills. We also provide various professional learning educational programs around data science & AI and are busy setting up new Master and Minor programs on the cross-roads of IT, Business, Entrepreneurship and Data Science. As concepts as Online  and Blended-Learning are becoming ever more relevant in our field, we expect our researchers to contribute and, if possible, to initiate novel, innovative forms of education.


JADS Mariënburg currently has 40 FTE scientific faculty and support staff, 35 EngD and 25 PhD students and is growing fast. We give researchers plenty of opportunities and expect them to shape and build the academic teams at Campus Mariënburg. We intensively collaborate with colleagues from both Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology. Moreover, we have very strong networks in both industry and academia.


Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague who has obtained a PhD degree in statistics, computer science, information systems, quantitative social science or a related discipline, has published in peer reviewed quality journals and conferences, and is an excellent teacher, as witnessed, for example, by favorable teaching evaluations. Experience in research connecting Data Science, AI and business domains, in particular; Agriculture Food and Nature is preferred. Experience in working with or within industry and experience in acquiring research grants is also valued.


The Assistant Professor will be involved in JADS’s educational offerings. Notably, (s)he will participate in Master courses such as: Deep Learning and Data Mining, and, Engineering Doctorate (EngD) education and Professional Education regarding topics on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. PhD co-supervision can also be part of the appointment. 


Tilburg University


  • A background in Data Science / Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Deep learning and a track record in domain applications preferably the FoodTech and Nature domain
  • You have a Ph.D. or doctoral degree from a recognized university in a field relevant to this position;
  • You possess excellent scientific achievements, documented by internationally recognized publications;
  • You have demonstrated an excellent teaching ability at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Has acquired (or is willing to acquire) the University Teaching Qualification (see ), TU/e and TiU offer courses for acquiring this certification;
  • You have excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentation);
  • You share our vision for future research, education and societal impact;
  • You are inspiring and collegial; you have a passion to develop people, to build teams, and to create synergy;
  • You have shown to possess the capacity of acquiring, leading, and managing externally-funded research projects;
  • You have affinity with interdisciplinary research and with working with different type of academics and businesses.
  • English is the working language in all the tasks, and proficiency in English is mandatory (CEFR: C2 level).

Conditions of employment

We offer a full-time Assistant Professor position. In principle, successful candidates receive first a contract for 12 months (for internal candidates) or 18 months (for external candidates). After this period, if your suitability has been proven and you continue in the same position, you will receive an employment contract for an indefinite period of time.
The salary amounts to a minimum of € 3974,– and a maximum of € 5439,- gross per month for full-time employment, based on UFO profile of Assistant Professor 2  and salary scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. JADS uses a neutral remuneration system for salary scaling that is based on work experience.


JADS offers excellent employment conditions with attention to flexibility and (personal) development and attractive fringe benefits. You are entitled to a vacation allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross annual income. If you work 40 hours per week, you will receive 41 paid days of leave per year. Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance of 30% of their taxable salary if they meet the relevant conditions. The university applies for this allowance on their behalf. JADS will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation.
We make clear agreements about career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and arrangement to maintain an optimal balance between work and private life. You can also follow numerous training courses, for example, in the areas of leadership skills, personal effectiveness, and career development.
All employees of the university are covered by the so-called General Pension Fund for Public Employers (Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP).


JADS values an open and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity and encourage the mutual integration of groups of employees and students. We focus on creating equal opportunities for all our employees and students so that everyone feels at home in our university community.
All researchers working in JADS have contracts at either Tilburg University or Eindhoven University of Technology. This position will be placed at Tilburg University. Please visit Working at Tilburg University for more information on their respective employment conditions.


The Netherlands is regarded as one of the best countries for raising a family.  For more on working in JADS, see 


Preferred starting date: as soon as possible but no later than August 2023



We do cool stuff that matters, with data. The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) is a unique cooperation between Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Tilburg University (TiU). At JADS, we believe that data science can provide answers to society’s complex issues. We provide innovative educational programs, data science research, and support for business and society. With a team of lecturers, students, scientists and entrepreneurs - from a wide range of sectors and disciplines – we work on creating impact with data science. We do this by connecting people, sectors and industries: in the past 5 years we have been working with 300+ organizations on data-related projects. Our main drivers? Doing cool stuff that matters with data. Our location at the former monastery Mariënburg in Den Bosch houses a vibrant campus fully dedicated to data science. 


  • Assistant professor
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 21372



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