2 Assistant/Associate Professors In Explainable AI In The Field Of Human-Agent Collaboration

2 Assistant/Associate Professors In Explainable AI In The Field Of Human-Agent Collaboration

Faculteit/afdeling: Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Niveau: Gepromoveerd
Functie-omvang: 38-40 uur per week
Contractduur: Tenure
Salaris: 3545 - 6567 euro per maand (volledige dagtaak) U bekijkt een vacaturetekst oorspronkelijk opgesteld in het Engels.
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Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty’s excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

The department of Intelligent Systems (INSY) conceptualizes computer science methodologies to sense, abstract, learn, reason, elicitate and adapt data and their meaning in ways that respect human values in order to increase human effectiveness in well-being and social innovation. At the heart of the department is therefore the research and teaching in computer science theory, algorithms and solutions for information processing systems that support humans (e.g. robotics), new products (e.g. internet services), and science (e.g. biology)    

The positions are embedded in the Interactive Intelligence group that focuses on interaction between humans, agents, robots and other intelligent systems. We have a strong research track record on intelligent interactive agents that can learn, plan and reason under uncertainty and have the social skills to use and understand emotions and norms. These agents may serve as coach, decision support agent, or companion, and are used in a wide variety of applications including therapy, health, decision making, and entertainment. We contribute to the Delft Design for Values Institute, the Delft Robotics Institute, and the Delft Data Science Institute.    

Functie omschrijving

The assistant or associate professors we are looking for will strengthen the research on Explainable Artificial Intelligence in the field of human-agent collaboration and relates to the research portfolio of the Interactive Intelligence group. Their research contributes to the mission of Delft University of Technology: combining science, design and engineering in a socially responsible manner. They will supervise PhD and MSc students, acquire external funding, teach and develop new courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, and undertake managerial tasks as required. They will actively collaborate with other research institutes, industry, NGO’s or GO’s.


We aim to strengthen our research in Explainable Artificial Intelligence in the field of human-agent collaboration. Relevant topics of research include, but are not limited to, social robotics, conversational agents, affective computing, normative, reflective and strategic reasoning by applying Knowledge Representation techniques and/or Machine Learning. Candidates working on related challenges are also welcome to apply.


Functie eisen

We welcome applicants that have a clear vision on how their research fits with the aim of Explainable AI and the research in the interactive intelligence group, see topics. Candidates should have a PhD in Artificial Intelligence or related field, are active researchers with a multidisciplinary mindset, and are enthusiastic team players. Having experience in university level teaching and applying for research funding would be appreciated.  


Candidates at the level of Assistant Professor are offered a tenure-track position.  At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position. 

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff.  TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Informeren en solliciteren

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr.C.M. Jonker, email:

To apply, please e-mail  before January 7, 2019, a detailed CV that includes a list of publications, contact information of at least three scientists whom we can contact for letters of recommendation, and a research and teaching statement along with a letter of application to

When applying please refer to vacancy number 2018-81.


Mrs. Drs. C.A. Reijenga,

HR Adviser


Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze vacature wordt niet op prijs gesteld.

1 PhD position and 1 postdoc position on Socially Adaptive Computing

Group: Interactive Intelligence, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Research Team: Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk (project leader), Prof. Dr. Catholijn Jonker, Pietro Pasotti and Dr. Malte Kliess
Deadline for applications: June 25th, 2017


You will be working on the CoreSAEP project (Computational Reasoning for Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners), an 800K personal grant (Vidi) for Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk, funded by NWO.

The goal of the project is to develop techniques for creating software that understands norms and values of people, which we call Socially Adaptive Computing. Through development of formal models we lay the foundations for intelligent supportive technology that can take into account social relations and human values, for example privacy, freedom and safety, when taking decisions on our behalf. Decisions may concern, e.g., which data to share with whom or who to contact if help is needed. This becomes more and more important with the rise of AI and Data Science and the increasing pervasiveness of intelligent technology in our daily lives.

Socially Adaptive Computing is challenging because the software needs to be able to adapt to diverse and evolving rules of behaviour of people in unforeseen circumstances. Formal models and reasoning techniques will be developed to ensure reliability (guarantees on the behaviour of the software) and resilience (flexibility in unforeseen circumstances).

We will use concrete application scenarios to guide and inform development of the theory. Specifically, we focus on behaviour support for vulnerable citizens such as dementia patients, visually or mentally impaired people, and children. Their vulnerability, in combination with the need for involvement of their network of family, friends and caregivers in providing effective support makes it especially important that supportive technology understands people's norms and values.

We have a PhD position (vacancy number: EWI2017-17) and a postdoc position (vacancy number: EWI2017-16) available.


The applicant has a Master's degree (and in case of a applying for a postdoc also a PhD) in computer science or artificial intelligence and a good command of the English language. We are looking for candidates with expertise in formal methods, knowledge representation and reasoning, or related areas. We invite applications across the spectrum from fundamental to more applied. Some expertise in or affinity with ethics of information technology is useful. We seek candidates who have an open mind and who are inspired by the opportunity to contribute to shaping the digital society of the future.


  • a PhD position (4 years) and a postdoc position (2 years)
  • salary for a PhD position is EUR2222 to EUR2840 per month gross, and for a postdoc position EUR2558 to EUR4084 per month gross
  • conditions of employment include a customizable compensation package and discount on health insurance
  • enrolment in the TU Delft Graduate School (PhD position)
  • excellent multidisciplinairy research environment and opportunities for personal development
  • extensive network of national and international collaborators


If you are interested in one of these positions, you can get in touch with Dr. Birna van Riemsdijk via email (m dot b dot vanriemsdijk at tudelft dot nl) if you would like further information. Note that applications must follow the formal application procedure as detailed below.


Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled. The first round of interviews will be conducted based on applications received by June 25th 2017.

To apply, please submit the following application material to and state the vacancy number in the subject line of the email:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (with publications if you have any).
  2. Course lists with grades and degree certificates
  3. A letter of application in which you explain both your motivation and the relevance of your skills and experience for this research project. The motivational letter should be on-topic, generic letters will cause your application to be rejected immediately.
  4. A list of 3 (academic) references that we can contact
  5. When applying for a PhD position: your MSc thesis in English (or alternatively if your MSc thesis is not in English, a 5-page summary of your MSc thesis in English). When applying for the postdoc position: a copy of your PhD thesis (or a draft thereof) and a detailed list of your publications.