Four Junior Lecturers in Artificial Intelligence

Four Junior Lecturers in Artificial Intelligence

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6 May 31 May Amsterdam
Are you passionate about teaching in Artificial Intelligence? And do you want to help us educate the next generation of AI experts using innovative teaching methods? Then, please apply as a Junior Lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Job description

We are looking for colleagues that are passionate about education in Artificial Intelligence. Our department wants to attract four junior lecturers who can strengthen our staff by giving high-quality instruction in teaching Artificial Intelligence (AI). You will support the Bachelor and Master AI programs. As a junior lecturer, you will be involved in various teaching-related and organizational activities in both programmes, with a special focus on innovation of courses. You will contribute to a further implementation of the principle of “active blended learning” in our programmes.

As a Junior lecturer you will be encouraged to work on academic innovations and to build a portfolio in the context of education as a preparation for various career paths. To this end, you will have the opportunity to acquire a basic qualification in teaching at university level (‘BKO’). The junior lecturer position is ideally suited for early-career teachers. You will be working in close cooperation and with the support of a lot of enthusiastic and experienced colleagues. A full Junior Lecturer Trajectory is 4 years and 2 months, and cannot be extended beyond this period. This position therefore does not lead to permanent employment.

Your duties
The junior lecturer will be expected to:
  • supervise/coordinate bachelor and/or master thesis projects
  • support teachers in individual courses in AI education programmes
  • coordinate student assistants
  • provide technical and organisational assistance for project oriented courses
  • advise on and help with the further development of innovative teaching concepts
  • innovate course materials such that they include up-to-date methods and techniques


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


You must:
  • have completed a Master in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science including AI courses, or a related Master programme
  • be enthusiastic about teaching
  • have strong oral and written communication skills in English
  • possess good organizational skills
  • be proactive and able to work independently

We are specifically interested in people that have expertise on:
  • formative assessments
  • specific technical skills, e.g. robotics
  • student tutoring
  • constructive alignment

For the balance in our team, we explicitly welcome applications of female candidates.

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.

We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not meet all the requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 50 months.

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation is ideally suited for starting teachers. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:
  • a salary of minimum € 3.226,00 (Scale 10) and maximum € 5.090,00 (Scale 10) gross per month, on a full-time basis. This is based on UFO profile Teacher 4. The exact salary depends on your education and experience.
  • a position for at least 0.8 FTE. Your employment contract will initially last 50 months.

The appointment is temporary for 4 years and 2 months, including a period of probation of 2 months. The junior lecturer position is placed in the Department of Computer Science. The position is immediately available.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and regulations. Some examples:
  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

About the department

The VU Department of Computer Science maintains highly successful programs in areas including Artificial Intelligence, Bio-Informatics, Computer Security, Computer Systems, Software Engineering and Green Computing, Information Sciences, Theory, and User-Centric Data Science.

Faculty of Science
Researchers and students at VU Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science tackle fundamental and complex scientific problems to help pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, and from molecules to the moon: we cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. Our teaching and research have a strong experimentally technical, computational and interdisciplinary nature.

We work on new solutions guided by value-driven, interdisciplinary methodologies. We are committed to research, valorisation and training socially engaged citizens of the world who will make valuable contributions to a sustainable, healthy future.

Are you interested in joining the Faculty of Science? You will join undergraduate students, PhD candidates and researchers at the biggest sciences faculty in the Netherlands. You will combine a professional focus with a broad view of the world. We are proud of our collegial working climate, characterised by committed staff, a pragmatic attitude and engagement in the larger whole. The faculty is home to over 11,000 students enrolled in 40 study programmes. It employs over 1,600 professionals spread across 10 academic departments.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam stands for values-driven education and research. We are open-minded experts with the ability to think freely. - a broader mind. Maintaining an entrepreneurial perspective and concentrating on diversity, significance and humanity, we work on sustainable solutions with social impact. By joining forces, across the boundaries of disciplines, we work towards a better world for people and planet. Together we create a safe and respectful working and study climate, and an inspiring environment for education and research. Learn more about our codes of conduct

We are located on one physical campus, in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas business district, with excellent location and accessibility. Over 5,500 staff work at the VU and over 30,000 students attend academic education.

Diversity is the driving force of the VU. The VU wants to be accessible and receptive to diversity in disciplines, cultures, ideas, nationalities, beliefs, preferences and worldviews. We believe that trust, respect, interest and differences lead to new insights and innovation, to sharpness and clarity, to excellence and a broader understanding.

We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity and internationalisation contribute to the quality of education, research and our services.

Therefore, we are always searching for people whose backgrounds and experience contribute to the diversity of the VU community.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position and do you believe that your experience will contribute to the further development of our university? In that case, we encourage you to submit your application and upload your:
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
    • highlighting teaching experience
    • highlighting relevant competences and skills
    • including two references we may contact
  • a one-page cover letter (CL)
    • including a motivation for this teaching position and the area(s)
    • explaining how you fulfill the requirements for this position
  • BSc and MSc academic transcripts
    • containing all your grades at university level

The application deadline is May 31, 2024. If possible, the intended start date for this position is summer 2024.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Dr. Michel Klein (programme director BSc AI) or dr. Vincent Francois Lavet (programme director MSc AI)


Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.


  • Lecturer
  • Engineering
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • University graduate
  • 4005


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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Make sure to apply no later than 31 May 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).