The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20,000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow’s world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape.

The Department of Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts has the following full-time vacancy: academic staff (rank open) in the field of Natural Language Processing.


You will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: education, research and services. Your role also includes organisational and managerial aspects.


You will provide high-quality education in the domains of the MA on Digital Text Analysis. You will contribute the equivalent of 18 ECTS to the following courses (in co-teaching or as sole course leader)
Humanities Data Analysis (3 ECTS)
Machine Learning (6 ECTS)
Natural Language Processing (6 ECTS)
Bootcamp (introduction to programming in Python) (6 ECTS)
Text mining (6 ECTS)
The precise nature of your contribution to teaching is open to negotiation.

You will play a role in developing activating, student-centred and competence-driven programme components and study programmes.
You will supervise students and their Bachelor and Master dissertations.

You will develop high-quality scientific research in Natural Language Processing. You will join CLiPS, a research center targeting top research in computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics. Your research will address the computational modelling of natural language processing in the context of Artificial Intelligence (including state of the art methods from Machine Learning such as Deep Neural Networks). Welcome research specialisations include computational psycholinguistics, computational social sciences, and language technology.
You will initiate new lines of research and coordinate the progress of scientific research projects. You will also participate in ongoing research programmes.
You will acquire and manage national and international research funding.
You will publish in international journals.
You will develop an international scientific network.
You will supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

You will play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the institution and externally.
Organisation and leadership

You will accept coordinating responsibilities in the areas of education, research and/or service provision and you will contribute to policy.
Your leadership style will be motivating and coaching. You will be attentive to your employees’ growth and development processes.


University of Antwerp


You hold a PhD in Natural Language Processing or a related area (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning of Language, Computational (Psycho-)Linguistics).
You can demonstrate several years of postdoctoral experience (or equivalent).
Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies. You have established an excellent research portfolio including publications in high-profile international journals.
Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision. You are motivated to develop your teaching skills further through the professionalisation opportunities available.
If you do not speak Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a programme component coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction (the MA on Digital Text Analysis is taught in English). The University of Antwerp supports international staff members through an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations.
You demonstrate leadership potential and organisational skills.
You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

Educational level:

Ph. D.

How to apply:

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The University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen) is a young and dynamic Belgian university.