Our society is changing. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related
technologies are playing an increasingly important role in our society. To
this end Leiden University has started a new, university wide initiative to
enable collaboration on the use of AI. By building on and expanding the
already existing expertise of AI the project intends to advance science and
improve the quality of our life. All the
disciplines of the University of Leiden are involved: Archeology,
Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Public Administration, Sciences, and also
the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), to collaborate and appoint new
staff with joint interests. Leiden University has earmarked dedicated
funding for the appointment of full professors, assistant professors, a
post-doc and support staff to facilitate the expansion of AI related
research at all its departments.
This new position will focus on the interaction between mental grammar and
processes such as language acquisition, production and perception, by
investigating, developing and applying methods and tools of computational
linguistics and AI, such as deep neural learning and machine learning. The
goal of this research is to gain a deeper understanding of natural language
processing and to improve language technology (e.g. machine translation
incl. sequence-to-sequence translation) and speech technology (e.g.
automatic speech recognition incl. predictions about the signal based on
statistical probabilities). The key responsibilities of the Assistant
– Conducting independent research in your field, establishing an own
– Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in lecture and seminar
formats, including the supervision of BA and MA theses;
– Securing external funding for research;
– Contribution to organizational activities of the Institute.
– PhD degree in Linguistics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence
or a related field;
– Experience with research-driven teaching;
– Successful in raising research funds;
– Energetic ?out-of-the-box? thinkers with a clear view on a challenging
– An excellent command of English. If the lecturer is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty.