Westerdijk Full Professor for Women in Information and Computing Sciences job with UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Westerdijk Senior Lecturer for Women in Computer and Information Sciences (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)

Work description
A Westerdijk chair is a position specially set up for a female professor. It is named after Johanna Westerdijk, appointed to Utrecht University in 1917 as the first full professor in the Netherlands.

The Department of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) has grown significantly in recent years. Due to this growth and the upcoming retirement of some of our faculty, we anticipate having appointed eight new Full Professors by the end of 2024. Concurrent with this position, we are now actively seeking to fill four Full Professor positions to strengthen the department in specific areas. of experience, we also want to continue to improve the diversity of the department. Therefore, while we expect to appoint women to at least 50% of advertised positions, we also seek to appoint a female Westerdijk professor in any area of ​​specialization that will strengthen or complement the department’s research and teaching.

The department is recognized nationally and internationally for its fundamental and applied research in computer and information sciences. In our ever-changing (digital) society, we are continually looking for new and realistic ways to push the boundaries of both science and social application. We contribute to innovative information technologies through the development and application of new software concepts, theories, algorithms and methods. With our experience we feed a wide range of interdisciplinary initiatives and social collaboration. The department currently has four broad areas of specialization.

In Software Systems, we have research groups in Software Technology, Software Technology for Teaching and Learning, Software Production, and Management and Analysis of Business Processes. We lead the research master’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Informatics, and co-direct the bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Information Sciences. We collaborate closely with industry and public sector partners to study the development and adoption of software technology and software production methods.

In Artificial Intelligence & Data Science we have research groups in Intelligent Systems, Intensive Data Systems, Data Mining and Natural Language Processing. We lead the multidisciplinary research master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, and co-direct the master’s degree in Applied Data Science and the bachelor’s degree in Artificial Intelligence. We collaborate closely with the public sector and businesses, for example in our National Police AI Lab and AI & Mobility Lab. We also work closely with other disciplines, for example in the focus areas of Applied Data Science and Intelligence-Centric AI. the human being of the university.

In Interaction Technology, we have research groups in Human-Centered Computing, Gaming and Media Technology, Social and Affective Computing, and Visualization and Graphics. We lead the research master’s degrees in Game and Media Technology and Human-Computer Interaction, and co-direct the Information Sciences degree. Our state-of-the-art facilities include a human-centric computing lab for prototyping interactive systems and conducting user studies, and a motion capture and virtual reality lab with full-body motion capture equipment. We co-direct the AI ​​& Media and AI & Healthy Living multidisciplinary labs and the Center for Game Research.

In Algorithms we have research groups on Simulation of Complex Systems, Algorithms and Complexity, and Geometric Computing. We co-direct the master’s degree in Computer Science and the bachelor’s degree in Informatics. We have a long and strong tradition in research in the classical field of algorithm design and analysis, and the complexity of computational problems. We also contribute to application areas such as crowd simulation, scheduling and planning, and network simulations in collaboration with public sector partners.

As a full professor, you are a leading, committed and internationally recognized scientist with expertise in one of the areas of computer and information science. Its ambition is to lead the further development of research, the quality of education (both in teaching and in curriculum development) and the achievement of social impact in the field of information and computing sciences. Seeks internal and external (interdisciplinary) collaboration and acquires research funding, developing new research collaborations and new application areas. You are an inspiring educator with a passion for teaching.

In addition to taking a leadership role in his field of expertise, he also plays an important role in creating a workplace that is supportive, socially safe, and inclusive, further enhancing scientific integrity, and working together towards open science. He has a clear vision of how to achieve this as a lead member of staff.

The Department provides a dynamic, informal and international working environment. Our approach is characterized by a connected, open and positive spirit that stimulates personal initiative and curiosity. You are a team player fostering ownership and value creation while sharing your knowledge both internally and throughout the wider (global) community.

If you’re excited to actively participate and help shape our development department, we invite you to apply. It is important when you apply that you make it clear where and how you see your experience fitting into the department’s overall research and education portfolio, including engaging with (prospective) external stakeholders.

We are looking for a new colleague to complement our team both academically and personally, who is a good fit with the following qualifications:

  • a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Information Science, or another relevant discipline;
  • an internationally recognized line of research with a solid track record of publishing high-impact original research;
  • an active player in international scientific communities;
  • experience and a personal insight on how to lead a group of scientists and create and maintain a supportive, collaborative and inclusive work environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire external funding for research and innovation;
  • driven to explore and forge new collaborations within and outside of academia;
  • enthusiasm for education and experience with student supervision, ability to teach in bachelor’s and master’s programs;
  • experience and aspirations for further course and program development.

As this is a Westerdijk post, the vacancy is restricted to female candidates.


  • A tenured position as Full Professor;
  • a full-time gross salary ranging between €5,864 and €8,539 on the H2 scale at Professor level;
  • benefits that include an 8% vacation bonus and an 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension plan, partially paid parental leave, and flexible working conditions based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (cao) Dutch Universities;
  • a starter package that is negotiable and depends on what is needed to give you a good start in the department;
  • assistance in finding a home and, where appropriate, help in finding a job for the couple and schools for the children;
  • In addition to the conditions of employment established in the CAO for Dutch universities, the University of Utrecht has a number of agreements of its own. For example, there are agreements on professional development, licensing and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your employment conditions through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue growing.

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About the organization
In it Science Faculty, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Each of these is made up of different institutes that work together to focus on responding to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups, the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. Learn more about us.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university in the heart of an old city. We love welcoming new scientists to our city, a thriving cultural hub that is consistently ranked as one of the happiest cities in the world. We are recognized for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspiring research and excellent education. We are equally known for our casual atmosphere and the positive mindset of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers and doctoral students from all over the world, making both the University and the Faculty of Sciences a wonderfully diverse and vibrant international community.

Additional Information
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Johan Jeuring (Head of Department) or Prof. Judith Masthoff (Research Director) at jtjeuring@uu.nl / jfmmasthoff@uu.nl.

If you are interested in reading more about the development of our department, we can provide you with a copy of our summary organizational development plan. You can send your request to a.bonsma@uu.nl.

Do you have any questions about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the knowledge and experience to excel in this position, simply respond via the “Apply Now” button!

Please include:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your full academic resume, including a list of publications;
  • his vision on research and education.

If this specific opportunity is not for you, but you know of others who may be interested, please forward this position to them.

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The application deadline is July 1, 2022.

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