The AI lab is hiring a new professor

Professor (100%, all levels) - Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence (1.0 fte)

Job description

The candidate will join the AI lab ( of the Department of Computer Science. The candidate is expected to contribute to the research and teaching of the AI team. The lab has strong national as well as international collaborations and based in the heart of Brussels, offers plenty of possibilities for collaboration with industry.

Founded in 1983, by Luc Steels, the AI lab became the first Artificial Intelligence lab on European mainland. The lab is active in a variety of AI domains, including Evolution of language, machine learning, multi-agent systems, reinforcement learning, evolutionary systems and bioinformatics. More information on current and past projects can be found at

The position is open to all domains of AI and to all levels, senior professor as well as junior professor (tenure track), provided the candidate has at least 3 years of postdoc experience.


The teaching assignment includes both general undergraduate courses in computer science as well as specialized research-oriented master’s courses in artificial intelligence. The successful candidate has proven pedagogical and didactic skills. The teaching assignment and precise list of subjects will be discussed with the candidate and will depend on his/her expertise and language skills.


The vacancy is open to all disciplines within AI. The successful candidate will complement and strengthen the research activities of the Lab, e.g. contribute new expertise that is relevant to ongoing research.

Core duties and responsibilities will include the supervision of master and PhD students, and the management and active participation in the development of AI as a specialization.

The prospective candidate will also be expected to spearhead the launch of new research projects, both fundamental research as well as research in collaboration with industry, and to raise funds for these.

Academic qualifications

Ph.D. in Science (Computer Science) or related. The candidate has at least 3 years experience as a post-doctoral researcher. He/she had outstanding academic credentials and an excellent publication record that demonstrate the required expertise.

About the employer

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been a leading player in the Flemish Higher Education landscape for 40 years. The University numbers 12.000 students and together with its hospital - UZ Brussel - employs more than 6.000 people. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the largest Dutch speaking employer in the capital. 

Teaching and research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are founded on the principle of unfettered inquiry to benefit the progress of mankind. This means rejecting dogmatic positions and guaranteeing the freedom to form opinions without interference; in this way, the University aims to ensure the dispersal of the principle of unfettered inquiry throughout society.

The University is autonomous and democratically run. This means guaranteeing the exercise of the fundamental freedoms within the University, as well as the right of the University Community to participate in the decision-making process and scrutiny of University policy. 

The following form part of the University’s mission: 

•    the development, the communication and the application of a high level of academic education and scientific research, free from all preconceived ideas;

•    the translation of these ideals and knowledge into society in the spirit of social engagement;

•    the creation of a society in which everyone can engage in critical thinking.


Questions about content?

Contact Prof. dr. Ann Nowé at

Application deadline and how to apply

Deadline : April 2, 2017

Application link: