Full professor 'Simulation'

Full professor 'Simulation'

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1 Feb 15 Mar Tilburg

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The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences seeks to appoint a full professor ‘Simulation’, with the Department of Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence. As a position created in the context of the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program, the full professorship is open to women only.

Job description

The successful candidate is engaged in research and education on simulations and models in different domains and for different applications, which may include one or more of the following fields:

  • Social simulations, i.e., simulations of social networks and social interactions to gain new insights in how individuals and groups behave, interact, and come to decisions;
  • Training simulations, i.e., simulations used by industries and governmental institutes to train and educate people, including the use of virtual and augmented reality and computer games;
  • Process simulations, i.e., model-based representations of biological and mental processes, to gain insights into behavior, to construct imitations of behaviors in software and robots, and to investigate interaction between people in, for instance, the healthcare domain;


The department is strongly involved in the Mind Labs initiative at the Spoorzone of Tilburg (http://www.mind-labs.eu), the DAF Technology Lab for virtual and mixed reality (https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/campus/experiencing-virtual-reality), and the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in Den Bosch (www.jads.nl).


The successful candidate should have affinity with cognitive science and/or artificial intelligence. The candidate is expected to collaborate with industrial partners on projects, and participate in at least one of the labs of Mind Labs. Involvement with the DAF Technology Lab and/or JADS is also possible and encouraged. The candidate will teach in the Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence bachelor and master program, and/or the Data Science in Society master program. Through her research, the candidate will participate in ‘Creating Value from Data’, one of the research and impact themes of Tilburg University. The specific name of the position can be adjusted, depending on the expertise and preferences of the candidate to be appointed.


Tilburg University


From a successful candidate we expect:

  • A doctorate and substantial experience and outstanding performance in university education and research, shown by CV, teaching evaluations and relevant publications;
  • Ideas on education and on research relevant to the Department of Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence;
  • Experience in supervision of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students;
  • Experience with grant applications, and preferably also successes in this area;
  • Ability to be a coach and role model for -in particular- female students and scholars.
  • Experience in collegial cooperation and academic management within the work environment and in national and international networks.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 5 years.

Depending on experience, record, and current position, the appointment may be for five years with the perspective of appointment for an indefinite period thereafter, or immediately for an indefinite period. We look for a full time or almost fulltime colleague (0.8 – 1.0 fte). The selected candidate will be ranked in the Dutch university employment system as full professor (“Hoogleraar 2”). The gross salary depends on qualifications and experience and ranges between € 5,334.- and € 7,766.- per month for a full time employment of 38 hours per week. The salary is supplemented with an annual holiday pay and an end-of-year bonus. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a temporary tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. In the context of the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program, the candidate will have a start-up research grant of 10,000 euro. If the candidate does not speak Dutch yet, a sufficient passive understanding of Dutch will have to be acquired within two year after appointment. The university will facilitate courses for that purpose, if needed. The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. Candidates will need to have the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or acquire one within two years after employment. The university offers attractive fringe benefits, such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment, compensation for parental leave, sports facilities.  All university employees are covered by the so-called civil servants pension fund (ABP). We offer support for your personal development and career planning including courses, summer schools, conference visits etc. For more information visit working at Tilburg University.


Tilburg University is a modern university, specialized in social sciences and humanities and is internationally known for its high standards in education and scientific research as well as its good facilities. The Tilburg University campus offers both quietness and connectivity as it is located in a wooded park, ten minutes away from the city center, main highways, and railways. A mid-sized city of 200,000 inhabitants in the South of the Netherlands, in proximity to cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and London, Tilburg is located at the very heart of Europe.


Tilburg University is committed to diversity as a self-evident value within its organization. Diversity, inclusion, and equality are important key priorities of the university’s HR policy. Under the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program, Tilburg University offers talented women with a passion for teaching and research a wonderful opportunity to design research and courses on important themes at the various Schools. Appointees will receive a start-up grant for their research and will participate in a networking and coaching program.


The motto of Tilburg University is ‘Understanding Society’. The university has schools for economics and management, social and behavioral sciences, law, humanities, and theology and has tight collaboration of academia with industry with access to data and domain expertise. As of January 2018, the School of Humanities has become the School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. As Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences we focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. Its departments are Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies, and Philosophy, while the school also hosts the University College Tilburg.

Tilburg School of Humanities


  • Professor; Associate professor; Assistant professor; Lecturer
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 12446



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