The Knowledge in Artificial Intelligence group (KAI) of the Computer Science department at the VU seeks a new colleague who will contribute to our research on Logic in AI. Your research will be in close collaboration with our colleagues in the other AI research groups: Learning and Reasoning, Social AI, Computational intelligence, Machine Learning and User-Centric Data Science. Your teaching will be within the Bachelor Artificial Intelligence (teaching courses and thesis supervision).

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The mission of the KAI group is to gain a better understanding of the representation, acquisition, extraction and management of explicitly modelled, mostly symbolic, knowledge and to use such knowledge in artificial intelligent agents. We want to strengthen our group with a researcher with enthusiasm for, and a track record in, (computational) Logic.

The successful applicant will receive a career track appointment (1.5 years) with a view to a permanent position after a positive evaluation. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss whether your qualifications are satisfactory for applying to the position. We encourage any person to apply for this position that can contribute to the diversity of our group, and the department of computer science in general.

Your duties
  • perform research in Logic in Artificial Intelligence
  • supervise PhD students
  • teach in the study programmes of the Department of Computer Science, most prominently the Bachelor Artificial Intelligence
  • supervise MSc/BSc student research projects
  • contribute to and write research grant proposals
  • contribute to departemental management tasks


  • a PhD degree in (computational) Logic or closely related area plus experience in post-doctoral research
  • a track record of published work about Logic, with a particular focus of Logics for Artificial Intelligence
  • enthusiasm about Logic and its role in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • academic teaching experience including the supervision of MSc and PhD students
  • experience in collaborative research and an interdisciplinary mindset

What are we offering?

  • a challenging position in a socially involved organization
  • a new group with a focus on the role of Knowledge in AI, with roots in an internationally renowned research group on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • an international, multi-disciplinary and dynamic environment
  • a city in the global top 10 for quality of life (Economist ranking)
  • a starting package including a fully funded PhD student and research/travel budget

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

We offer a Career Track position at the level of Assistant Professor. A career plan to grow from Assistant Professor (profile Universitair Docent 2) to Assistant Professor (profile Universitair Docent 1) will be made and formalised in a Career Track agreement. The initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months. 15 months after the starting date, performance will be evaluated. After a successful evaluation permanent employment will be granted.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 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

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to more than 11,000 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 28/08/2022.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Stefan Schlobach
Position: Associate Professor

Relocation support

If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam and working at VU
Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Sara Veldhorst
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telefone: +31 (20) 59 86212

No agencies
Share in your network
Job area: Assistant Professor
Educational Level: Postdoc
VU unit: Faculty of Science
Contract type: Temporary with prospects of permanent employment
Minimum FTE: 0.8
Maximum salary scale: €5,439 (scale 11)
Minimum salary scale: €3,974 (scale 11)
Powered by Emply