Lecturer in Data Science and Artificial intelligence

Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen



Appointment Characteristics

You will be recruited for a limited duration from 01/09/2019 to 31/08/2020.

There is a possibility that an educational activity can be organized during the evening and / or on Saturday. 

Extension / appointment is possible.

The maximum granted seniority from the private sector and / or as a self-employed person is 10 years for this position. This useful professional experience can be granted if you provide the necessary supporting documents and after examining the complete file. To the extent applicable, seniority may be increased by seniority from the public sector.

Job Description

You are part of the team of the Bachelor's degree in Applied Informatics. This training offers four options: Software Engineer, Computer & Cyber Crime Professional, IT & Blockchain Consultant and AI Business Professional. There are also distance trajectories Computer & Cyber Crime Professional and Blockchain Developer & Architect and two postgraduates Data Protection Officer and Applied Artificial Intelligence.

Your assignment consists of two parts. On the one hand you work 50% of the working time on a research project on AI that runs until 31/03/2020. The task of the research assistant AI is to conduct pragmatic research that is close to the industry. Hereby one has to stay informed of both the domain and the available AI technology. This requires that the candidate is willing to continuously learn and apply this at the level within the research. Furthermore, it is the task of the research assistant to disseminate this information. This happens both internally, to students and to industry. It is important that this communication is adapted to the target audience.

On the other hand, you prepare courses for the new AI Business Professional selection process and you give lessons in postgraduate. Until 31/3/2020 this is 50% of the working time, from 1/4/2020 this is 100%. Courses are Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Augmented Reality. Also supervising and evaluating projects in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, internship supervision and bachelor theses are part of the assignment.

As a domain expert you lend your cooperation in starting up and running research projects and social services. You take on team-related tasks if necessary.


Required diploma and knowledge:

  • Masters or Bachelor of Informatics or related education
  • Experience with relational databases, data mining, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, NoSQL or Big Data technology is a plus.
  •  Knowledge of an OO programming language such as Java is a must. Knowledge of the Python language and Python libraries is a plus. Have experience with code versioning (git).
  • C1 English certificate or willing to achieve this

If you have a foreign diploma, with the exception of the Netherlands, an equivalence certificate from NARIC (www.naric.be) must be added.

Howest competence profile:

  • You take on your professional role in a committed manner.
  • You are open minded.
  • You are a team player.
  • You respond adequately and agile to change and innovation.
  • You are convinced of the importance of social commitment.
  • You are a broad networker and you bring your professional network within Howest.
  • You help build the international dimension of Howest.
  • You have an attitude of lifelong learning.

Job-specific competence profile:

  • Having good didactic skills and having affinity with detecting difficult material and being able to present it in an accessible way
  • Have knowledge of and experience with data science, artificial intelligence and business-related AI solutions.
  • Demonstrable experience of applied research within a technical domain
  • Motivate, coach and guide students with assignments, projects, internships and bachelor's theses.
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Commercial and customer-oriented attitude, announcement of the course, are processes and relatives.
  • Have an extensive network.

Work field experience and / or experience in higher education is an added value.


Howest, Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, is an atypical, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial college. We try to put our core values, Serve Empower Care, into practice every day. We take care of our students and train them to be immediately employable professionals.

Howest is an open and pluralistic college, with respect for diversity. As an agile and decisive organization, Howest offers its employees maximum opportunities to develop. Howest offers a team-oriented work environment.

More Info

For substantive information you can contact: 
Corneel Theben Tervile - program 
coordinator Applied computer science corneel.theben.tervile@howest.be

For information about the appointment characteristics you can contact: 
Luc Verhalle - director of personnel and HR 

Application Procedure

Applications are only sent electronically via https://ses.howest.be and this at the latest on 18/08/2019. You register with a login and password. We also ask you to upload your CV, motivation letter and diploma in the system. Once registered, you must also effectively apply for this vacancy.

Candidates are screened based on the CV and motivation letter. Those who qualify further are invited for a selection interview.

The selection interview takes place on Wednesday 21/08/2019, from 4 pm.

In your application, please refer to Professorpositions.com


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