Faculty Positions in Machine Learning

University of Amsterdam Informatics Institute


Two Tenure Track Positions in Machine Learning

Publication date 29 March 2021

Closing date 25 April 2021

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,746 to €5,826 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-204

Are you interested in interdisciplinary machine learning research? The Amsterdam Machine Learning Lab in collaboration with the Amsterdam ELLIS Unit has two open tenure track positions at the assistant professor level.

Machine learning has become a driving force behind many recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. From speech-recognition, image analysis, natural language understanding, machine translation, query and answering systems, protein folding, and even playing GO, deep learning is breaking records. These exciting developments have not gone unnoticed to industry either: Google, Facebook, IBM, Qualcomm, Yahoo, Microsoft, Bosch, Uber and so on all have large teams of researchers working in machine / deep learning.

AMLAB is performing high quality research in fields ranging from probabilistic programming, geometric deep learning, unsupervised and self-supervised learning, causality, reinforcement learning, and more. We study a wide range of applications in astronomy, physics, biology, autonomous driving, medical image analysis etc.

We are inviting applications from excellent candidates in a broad range of topics including:

  • probabilistic programming;
  • neural approaches to programme;
  • induction, combinatorial optimization and reasoning;
  • quantum machine learning;
  • applications of ML in the physical sciences.

We are committed to offer at least one of the positions to a female candidate in the case of equal qualifications.

What are you going to do?

  • You are expected to conduct top level research in machine learning and publish in the top tier conferences and journals such as NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, JMLR, AISTATS, and UAI;
  • you are expected to acquire your own independent funding from sources such as NWO/STW (e.g. VIDI), H2020 (e.g. ERC starting grant) and industry;
  • in terms of teaching, you will contribute to strengthening the curriculum in machine learning of the Master AI, the Bachelor AI and related programmes such as the Bachelor at the AUC and the Master Information Systems, which all offer ML courses. The teaching load is around 30%;
  • you are expected to contribute to valorisation, both in terms of engaging with the media as well as applying the state-of-the-art research tools to applications in society. UvA spinoffs that bring technology to industry and society are highly encouraged;
  • finally, we expect you to help with the management of the Informatics Institute.

What do we require?

  • Your research interests should fall within the general area of machine learning, with a keen interest in one of the topics listed above;
  • a doctorate in Computer Science or a related area;
  • a strong track record in research is essential, as demonstrated by independent scientific publications in peer reviewed journals, as well as research interest and expertise in the area of machine learning;
  • the ability to obtain research funding in a competitive environment;
  • the ability to provide evidence of teaching abilities as well as the ability to supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students;

At least two years of postdoctoral experience is preferred but not strictly necessary. International research experience is also preferred.

Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for five or six years with a tenure track agreement for the duration of four or five years. You will be offered a permanent position after positive assessment and evaluation. The type of contract is negotiable and depends on experience and scientific profile of the selected candidate. The Committee will make an offer pending the vacancy and your experience and track record.

The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum €3,746 to €5,826 (scale 11/12). This is exclusive of 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.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Prof. Max Welling
    T: +31 (0)20 525 8256 / (0)6 5282 4913


  • Dr Jan-Willem van de Meent

About the Faculty of Science and the Informatics Institute

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.

The mission of the Informatics Institute is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Informatics Institute strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 25 April 2021. You can apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a letter of motivation (1 page maximum);
  • a curriculum vitae, including list of publications and taught courses;
  • a research statement (2 pages maximum);
  • a teaching statement (1 page maximum);
  • a list of three references from different institutes.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

At this stage of the procedure, please do not send letters of reference or proofs of your academic writing.

Late or incomplete applications will be considered at the committee’s discretion.

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