Two Assistant Professors in Human-Centered Computing (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Two Assistant Professors in Human-Centered Computing (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

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1 Mar 12 Apr Utrecht

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Are you a motivated and committed researcher who enjoys teaching? Join us and contribute to the development of our department!

Job description

We are searching for two Assistant Professors in Human-Centered Computing to join our group. Our culture is characterized by a connected, open, and can-do spirit that stimulates personal initiative and curiosity. You will take ownership and create value while sharing your knowledge both internally and across the wider (global) community. If you are excited to participate and collaborate in shaping our group, we invite you to apply.

You have expertise in personalization and adaptive interactive systems (e.g., for recommender systems, intelligent user interfaces, behavior change interventions) and/or data-driven interaction technology (e.g., sensor and actuator-based). Your research has a solid methodological foundation and is empirically validated. To support your research, we have technical support available as well as multiple labs, including a motion capture and virtual reality lab, human-centered computing lab, and prototyping lab.

You will join a social, international group with 10 staff members and 20+ PhD candidates, embedded in a department with over 200 employees. To develop new research collaborations and application areas, you will actively seek internal and external (interdisciplinary) collaborations and acquire funding for research. You are encouraged to publish in renowned scientific journals, newspapers, and appear in other media (e.g., radio). You will teach courses in our BSc and MSc programmes, and supervise students and PhD candidates.

Please note that there are currently three Assistant Professor vacancies within our Interaction division (Department of Information and Computing Sciences). We are simultaneously looking for an Assistant Professor in AI-driven Multimedia Content Generation (0.8 - 1.0 FTE). More information about this position can be found on our website.


Utrecht University


We are looking for a new colleague to complement our team at an academic as well as at a personal level. You are a team player with a proven commitment and talent for research. You fit well with the position’s profile as described above and meet the following qualifications:

  • a PhD degree, or nearly finished, in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Engineering or a related field;
  • experience with human-centered research methods (required: quantitative methods and statistics; desired: qualitative and design methods);
  • demonstrated prototyping, computational modeling and/or programming skills;
  • a vision on future research directions in your own area of expertise;
  • publications with impact in international conferences and journals;
  • experience with, or readiness to, supervise PhD projects;
  • experience with and enthusiasm for teaching, innovative teaching methods, and student supervision;
  • proficient in English, both written and spoken.

Conditions of employment

We offer you:
  • An appointment as Assistant Professor, starting with a fixed-term contract. Following a positive evaluation after 18 months, this will be converted into a permanent contract. 
  • A gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranging between €3,974 and €6,181 per month for full-time employment (scales 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) Dutch Universities).
  • 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 Dutch University.
  • Special perks including a PhD candidate position funded by the Department in order to further build up your research, support for traveling to conferences, and various educational and development programmes offered by our University.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow. For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

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. For more information, please visit working at the Faculty of Science.

Our Human-Centered Computing group is part of the division Interaction of the Department of Information and Computing Sciences, which is embedded in the Faculty of Science. Its departments work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems.

Our work is motivated by real-world applications and we have long-term research cooperations with industry (e.g., HONDA and the Netherlands Railways, NS). Their work is published open access in outlets such as Nature Computational Science, (Nature) Scientific Data, and User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction and led to several patents. We aim to generate value for both science and society and, consequently, have impact.

Utrecht is an attractive city located in the Netherlands, one of the world’s most open and connected countries. Utrecht University reflects this philosophy by offering a flexible work/life balance that prioritizes your well-being within an understanding, supportive, and family-friendly environment. 


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • 30—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€6181 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1206380



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