Full professor in Theoretical Computer Science at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

Full professor in Theoretical Computer Science at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

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20 Jul 30 Aug Amsterdam

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Do you have the ambition to develop world class research in Theoretical Computer Science at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation? Do you have the drive to forma strong and visible nucleus Theoretical Computer Science in our University together with the other new chair Theoretical Computer Science at the Informatics Institute? Are you interested to work in a thriving interdisciplinary environment in which you can build up and lead a new research group, establish connections to different research lines in the ILLC, teach theoretical computer science in our bachelor/master programmes, and carry out managerial tasks in research and education?

We offer a position of full professor in Theoretical Computer Science at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam. The area of theoretical computer science comprises a broad variety of topics or subfields, including (but not restricted to) algorithms and computational complexity, program semantics and verification, logic and computation, machine models and automata, information theory, machine learning, and the foundations of artificial intelligence. You are a leading researcher in one of these areas, has a profound knowledge of the wider area of theoretical computer science, and will be expected to make connections with other research lines in the ILLC, in particular those in logic, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics and quantum computing.

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation is an interdisciplinary research institute that is part of both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. Its scientific mission is to study the formal properties of information, viz. the fundamental structure and properties of processes of encoding, transmitting and comprehending information. Within the ILLC, the new chair naturally fits within the scope of the ‘Logic and Computation’ programme, where it will complement the research group on quantum computing. This programme also houses strong groups in logic and in artificial intelligence, both of which offer rich potential for synergy effects with the area served by the new chair. Other outstanding research lines of interest in the institute are the ones on computational linguistics and cognition.

ILLC staff members teach in various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Relevant for the chair in theoretical computer science are the BSc programmes in Computer Science and AI, and the MSc programmes in Logic, AI and Computer Science.

This chair in theoretical computer science at the ILLC will be hosted within the Faculty of Science. Within the Faculty, the information sciences are organized in two research institutes, the Informatics Institute and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. Note that the Informatics Institute is currently also establishing a new chair in Theoretical Computer Science. Both chair holders are expected to strengthen links and further build a visible nucleus of Theoretical Computer science in Amsterdam, together with colleagues at VU (Vrije Universiteit) and CWI (Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science).

What are you going to do?

You are expected to

  • develop an independent line of world-class research in theoretical computer science  and publish results in internationally leading venues;
  • build up and lead a research group that includes PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and foster collaboration with other groups within the ILLC and the Informatics Institute;
  • initiate and contribute to proposals for raising substantial external research funding;
  • design and teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various education programmes, supervise student projects and BSc and MSc theses;
  • take responsibility for relevant parts of these education programmes
  • create and exploit opportunities for applied research collaborations with industrial and governmental institutional partners and actively contribute to the dissemination of research results to industry and society;
  • take responsibility for higher administrative tasks in research and education at the institute and faculty, possibly as director of the institute;
  • play a leading role in various organizations in the field of theoretical computer science;
  • help build a strong and visible nucleus of Theoretical Computer science in Amsterdam.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


What do we require?

You are a scientist of international standing and meet the following requirements:

  • a PhD in Computer Science or a related discipline;
  • a profound knowledge of the field of theoretical computer science and its connections with other areas such as logic and AI;
  • an excellent publication record;
  • an extensive international network of research contacts;
  • a proven track record of attracting research funding from a variety of sources;
  • the ability to communicate research findings to a broad audience;
  • excellent didactic skills and demonstrated dedication to and experience with university teaching at all levels, can give direction in the organization of education in the information sciences;
  • experience in stimulating and supervising students and junior researchers;
  • interest in contributing to an interdisciplinary research environment;
  • willingness to engage in valorisation and outreach activities;
  • excellent leadership capabilities, such as providing direction, and inspiring employees;
  • willingness and proven ability to perform administrative, organizational and managerial tasks in both research and education.

Conditions of employment

Our offer

An employment contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 January 2021.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €5,749 to €8,371 (scale H2) gross per month, based on a full-time contract (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.  

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

This faculty, which takes a leading position internationally, has a student body of around 7,000 and 1,600 members of staff, spread over eight research institutes and a number of faculty-wide support services. A considerable part of the research is made possible by external funding from Dutch and international organisations and the private sector. The Faculty of Science offers various educational programmes, in the fields of the exact sciences, computer science and information studies, and life and earth sciences.


  • Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €5749—€8371 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 20-431


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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