Lecturer in Cognitive Science and AI

0.8 - 1.0 FTE
Gross monthly salary
€ 4,332 - € 5,929
Required background
Organizational unit
Faculty of Social Sciences
Application deadline

The School of Artificial Intelligence is looking for a Lecturer in Cognitive Science and AI. We are seeking a candidate who wants to pursue a career in academic teaching. Are you excited by teaching and student supervision? Do you want to inspire students to think critically about cognitive science and AI? Are you an interdisciplinary and collaborative academic  at heart? Are you committed to diversity, equity and inclusion? Do you have strong organisational skills? If so, this position may be for you!

The responsibilities of this lecturing position are threefold: 60% teaching, 20% organisation, and 20% research professionalisation.

60% of the position is to be spent on teaching and student supervision. Our AI curriculum is being revised, and you will be involved in developing, designing and teaching new courses in the Cognition, Society and/or Computation theme of the Bachelor’s programme in AI. This will include developing a new course in Cognitive Science and, depending on your profile, a course such as Critical AI or Language and Communication. Depending on your skills and interests, you may make contributions to existing courses, for instance, Bias in AI, AI as a Science, or Theoretical Modelling for Cognitive Science.

20% of the position is reserved for organisational contributions. This may include, for instance, coordination tasks (coordinating and planning departmental meetings), contributing to committees (e.g. a diversity, equite and inclusion committee or degree programme committee), co-organising seminars (e.g. department seminars, or DEI events), co-designing and co-organising group activities (e.g. retreats, training days). These overarching activities will support your career development.

20% of the position is reserved for academic professionalisation through research-related activities (such as reading literature, attending seminars, workshops, conferences, or participating in collaborative research projects). You will be expected to stay up to date on developments in the areas about which you teach.


  • You hold a doctoral degree, preferably in Cognitive Science, or an equivalent degree, with an interest in critical reflection on the foundations of Cognitive Science as a multidiscplinary field and the interaction between Cognitive Science and AI in science and society.
  • You hold an academic teaching qualification or have equivalent experience with teaching, the co-ordination of courses and student supervision, or are willing to obtain such a qualification.
  • You have competence in undergraduate teaching and are motivated to teach in an inclusive way.
  • You are strongly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), including the decolonisation of research and educational practices.
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English.

We are

You will be part of the School for Artificial Intelligence at Radboud University. We host about 800 students (approx. 40% women) in our Bachelor’s, Pre-Master’s and Master’s programmes in AI. Our Bachelor’s programme has a strong cognitive focus. Embedded in the Donders Centre for Cognition, it puts a strong emphasis on ethically responsible and ecologically sustainable AI. Apart from a variety of courses in programming, mathematics, machine learning, robotics and symbolic AI, Bachelor’s students are also offered training in courses such as Theoretical Modelling for Cognitive Science, AI as a Science, or Human-Computer Interaction. In our Master’s programme, students can specialise in topics such as neurotechnology, brain-inspired computing, computational cognitive science, gender and diversity in AI, or societal impact of AI.

Our programmes attract students from inside and outside the EU; all teaching and internal communication is in English. We strive to maintain a cosy and friendly atmosphere and to be approachable to our students. The programme management is committed to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for staff and students alike, to safeguard a healthy work-life balance, and to provide academic and support staff members with opportunities for a meaningful and balanced career. Radboud University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from underrepresented and minoritised groups. Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Radboud University

At Radboud University, we aim to make an impact through our work. We achieve this by conducting groundbreaking research, providing high-quality education, offering excellent support, and fostering collaborations within and outside the university. In doing so, we contribute indispensably to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. To accomplish this, we need even more colleagues who, based on their expertise, are willing to search for answers. We advocate for an inclusive community and welcome employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Will you also contribute to making the world a little better? You have a part to play.

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Faculty of Social Sciences
At the Faculty of Social Sciences, humanity and society are our focus; we study how people behave, think and feel. Within this context, we look at themes such as human behaviour and the human psyche, education and upbringing, communication, society and culture. The faculty provides education to 6,000 students and employs 700 staff. Education is organised into six programme clusters: Psychology; Artificial Intelligence; Pedagogical Sciences and Educational Sciences; Communication Science; Sociology; and Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology. Our research is carried out within three research institutes: the Donders Centre for Cognition, the Behavioural Science Institute, and Radboud Social Cultural Research.

We offer

  • We will give you a temporary employment contract of one year with the prospect of an indefinite contract, conditional on availability of structural educational funding and after satisfactory review.
  • Your salary within salary scale 11 depends on your previous education and number of years of (relevant) work experience. The amounts in the scale are based on a 38-hour working week.
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus. 
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service. The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 20. 

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions reflect this. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself. For example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports membership. And, of course, we offer a good pension plan. We also give you plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Practical information and applying

You can apply no later than 28 April 2024 only via the button below. Address your letter of application to Prof. Iris van Rooij.

The first interviews will take place on 15 May. You will preferably start your employment on 15 August 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

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Prof. I.J.E.I. van Rooij (Iris)

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