Assistant professor in Probabilistic Graphical Models at the Donders Centre for Cognition

Assistant professor in Probabilistic Graphical Models at the Donders Centre for Cognition

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8 May 4 Jun Nijmegen

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Job description

Are you interested in Bayesian networks in foundational topics and their application in clinical decision support systems? Do you want to work in an interdisciplinary environment and collaborate with mathematicians, cognitive scientists and medical specialists? If so, this vacancy may be for you!

As Assistant Professor of Probabilistic Graphical Models (PGM) you will strengthen our research and education, particularly with healthcare as the application domain. You will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programmes in Artificial Intelligence. More in particular, you will coordinate the AI for Healthcare course as well as develop a more specialist course in PGM. In addition, you will participate in the Healthy Data programme and contribute to its educational work package. You will supervise students and PhD candidates and/or mentor postdoctoral researchers within the AI department.

Your research should fit within the scope of the PGM research domain, including for example mathematical foundations, approximate inference, explainable and justifiable AI, structure and parameter learning, federated learning, sensitivity analysis, Gaussian processes, causal discovery, statistical methods, or non-parametric Bayes. Ideally you combine both theoretical work with practical applications such as clinical decision support systems. 

You will be embedded in the Foundations of Natural and Stochastic Computing group within the AI department, where fundamental and applied research on Bayesian networks is one of the core research lines. You will be expected to help define the group's research focus and positioning within the Donders Centre for Cognition (DCC) and in the international PGM community, and to help maintain a safe and inspiring research environment for our team members.


Radboud University


  • You should have a PhD in computer science, artificial intelligence, applied mathematics, or a similar field, preferably with several years of postdoctoral experience.
  • You have affinity with teaching, along with demonstrable teaching skills and the ability to deliver inspiring lectures, as evidenced by positive teaching assessments.
  • You have obtained the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or are willing to acquire this qualification in the near future.
  • You have a strong background in AI research, with a focus on theoretical and/or applied work in probabilistic graphical models, as demonstrated by relevant conference or journal publications.
  • You are motivated to work in a team, contribute to team science, and assist the smooth functioning of the group and department, as well as pursue your own independent research line.
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Affinity with the healthcare domain is preferred.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year with a possibility of a permanent position depending on performance.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 1 year with a possibility of a permanent position depending on performance.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and decision-making, 3. Development and lifelong plasticity, 4. Natural computing and neurotechnology. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as ‘excellent’ and recognised as a ‘very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent’. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.

The Donders Centre for Cognition, embedded in the Faculty of Social Sciences, is one of the four research centres of the Donders Institute, hosting the AI department, where you will be embedded in the Foundations of Natural and Stochastic Computing group, one of the PI groups within AI. The AI department offers a Bachelor's, Pre-Master's, and Master's programme, and currently hosts some 750 students, 40% of whom are women. Within the Dutch AI landscape, research and education in Nijmegen has a strong cognitive focus, aimed at understanding natural cognition using AI tools, building brain-inspired AI systems, and improving the interaction between human and artificial intelligence. Focus areas are machine learning, adaptive systems, neurotechnology, brain-inspired computing, computational cognitive science, probabilistic graphical models, and the societal impact of AI. Important application areas are AI for healthcare, neurotechnology, brain-computer interfacing, and sustainable AI.

Radboud University
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1209627



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