Postdoctoral Researcher on AI and Humanities

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Humanities
Educational level:  Promoted
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  31 March 2022
Vacancy number:  8358

The Research Priority Area in Humane AI at the University of Amsterdam currently has a vacant Postdoc researcher position. The position is to be affiliated with one of the research schools within the faculty of Humanities, i.e. the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation or one of the schools in the Amsterdam Institute of Humanities Research.


What are you going to do


You will conduct research on Responsible AI within the broader approach of the Humane AI Research Priority Area. The research will be embedded in the University of Amsterdam and is co-funded by the faculty of humanities. This postdoc will be positioned within the faculty of humanities. The ideal candidate is active in any relevant area within the humanities that can complement our current strengths within AI & Law and AI & Communication Science. As such preference will be given to researchers active in AI & Arts, AI & Philosophy/Logic/Ethics, or AI & Language. Your work provides evidence of conceptual clarity in your approach and of your familiarity with formal modelling tools. The ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary cross-faculty team will be essential.


The postdoc researcher will:

  • develop, conduct, and publish research on responsible AI in the humanities;
  • contribute to the overall RPA in terms of events, research meetings, activities;
  • collaborate with other postdocs and faculty members within and between the faculties;
  • contribute to new grant applications;
  • give guest-lectures in the area of your expertise within Human(e) AI at BA or MA level at the University of Amsterdam;
  • help co-supervising research projects of students working on Human(e) AI;
  • engage in educational activities, e.g. in the interdisciplinary, cross-faculty Human(e)AI course.


Your tasks and responsibilities

  • A clear research interest in the topic of Responsible AI in the Humanities (documented by publications and/or grant applications).
  • Strong research interest in Human(e) AI as witnessed by research papers in relevant top venues and several lectures given at important conferences in your field.
  • The ability, willingness, and commitment to do autonomous work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience with organising workshops, lecture series, or other events that facilitate knowledge dissemination and valorisation.
  • Strong communications skills and experience with working with partners within and outside academia.
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by publications in English-language journals (written and spoken command of Dutch is a plus).
  • A relevant PhD degree.


What do we require


Your experience and profile:

  • a PhD in any field relevant to research in responsible AI;
  • excellent research skills demonstrated by a track record of publishing in the humanities in high-ranking journals and/or with leading presses or a demonstrable capacity to develop such a record;
  • a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research on Responsible AI;
  • enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences;
  • excellent command of English.


Our offer


The Postdoc researcher will be appointed at a department of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and will conduct the research in RPA. The employment contract will be for 18 months. The employment contract is for 38 hours a week. Preferred starting date is 1 May 2022.


The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and relevant experience, ranges between €3,821 to €5,230. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


What else do we offer

  • excellent possibilities for further professional development and education;
  • an enthusiastic, inspiring and professional academic team;
  • the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that – partly as a result of their interdisciplinary approach – are world-renowned.


About us


The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.


The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes.


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Job application


If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the link below. The deadline for applying for this vacancy is 31 March 2022.


Applications should include the following information (submitted in one .pdf):

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a research proposal of 800-1000 words;
  • a full academic CV, including a list of publications;
  • the names and contact details of two references who may be approached by the selection committee.


Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.


The interviews will be held in the course of  April and May 2022. A trial lecture may be part of the application procedure.



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.


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