Tenure track position Artificial Intelligence for Life Sciences and Health

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) invites excellent (postdoctoral) researchers to apply for a Tenure track position Artificial Intelligence for Life Sciences and Health

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) invites excellent (postdoctoral) researchers to apply for a

Tenure track position,
Artificial Intelligence for Life Sciences and Health

The LSH group
Each PI in the CWI Life Sciences and Health (LSH) research group has a fundamental research focus rooted within a subdiscipline of computer science and mathematics. Within their area of expertise, they develop and analyze (theoretically or experimentally) new models and algorithms. The fundamental backgrounds of our current PIs lie within the areas of evolutionary algorithms, combinatorial algorithms, and operations research.

Each PI furthermore has a clear focus and intent on developing these models and algorithms for applications in the LSH domain. To this end, and in striving to achieve societal impact, we actively collaborate with academic hospitals, biological and biochemical research institutes, and industry. Presently, our team of PIs has expertise mainly in decision support for clinical oncology, computational genomics and phylogenetics, and biological network analysis.

 Job description
Our group has recently had several successes in the design and application of AI techniques (which we specifically deem to include Machine Learning (ML)) in the LSH domain. Combined with the fact that LSH experts recognize more and more that forms of AI are needed to realize innovations, the present situation provides an excellent opportunity for our group to grow and expand its horizons.

We are therefore looking for a researcher with an excellent track record in computer science or mathematics having a clear focus on AI and a clear affinity for applications in the LSH domain. The candidate is expected to establish a highly visible and successful research line on AI for LSH, complementing and strengthening existing research lines in the LSH group of CWI.

We particularly welcome research on explainable AI techniques. Such techniques are often important in the LSH domain as models are more likely to be adopted in practice if the learned knowledge can be understood, validated, and approved by domain experts. Other topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, AI for medical image analysis (i.e., using deep learning), for genomic analysis, and more broadly for applications in biology. In general, we welcome applicants working on any form of AI for LSH, so long as they exhibit a clearly identifiable underlying expertise rooted in computer science and mathematics.

CWI houses a rich variety of other (usually methodologically oriented) research groups, with whom the candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate (particularly the computational imaging group and the machine learning group). For working on relevant applications, the candidate should be willing to actively seek cooperation with experiment-oriented life scientists and medical experts.

Finally, the candidate is expected to publish in leading domain-specific journals and conference proceedings, to obtain funding for additional research positions, to accordingly recruit and supervise PhD students as well as junior researchers, and to establish and maintain good relations to external collaborators in the LSH domain.

Candidates have a scientific track record that typically (but not necessarily) spans 2 years after obtaining the PhD degree. This track record exemplifies that the candidate excels at performing innovative research, which is predominantly characterized in terms of peer-reviewed publications in leading domain-specific journals and conference proceedings, the content and original ideas of which can to a large extent be attributed to the candidate.

Candidates should have the ambition and potential to acquire fundamental research grants (from, e.g., NWO-ENW, EU), applied research grants (from, e.g., NWO-TTW, Dutch Cancer Society (KWF)), and/or external funding from industry partners. Prior successes with acquiring research grant funding are considered a plus, but are not a strict requirement.

Candidates should have a very good command of English and excellent communication skills.

Terms and conditions
The position is initially ordinarily (but not necessarily) for five years, depending on knowledge and experience. At the end of a successful tenure track term, a permanent scientific staff position will be offered. Criteria for evaluation comprise a track record of publications that is well above average as well as a demonstrated ability to acquire funding, to build up an (inter)national network and reputation, and to successfully supervise PhD students and postdocs.

Exceptions to the above are possible in case of exceptionally well-qualified individuals (e.g., consideration for a tenured position from the start).

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). Depending on relevant work experience, the gross monthly starting salary for an employee on a full-time basis ranges from € 3,682 to € 5,757.

Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees.

CWI expects its tenure-track researchers to speak Dutch at the end of the tenure track.

Information and application
Applicants with (typically) at least two years of postdoctoral experience, should send:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a curriculum vitae with a list of publications;
  • copies of their three most prominent publications;
  • the names of at least three prominent scientists who can provide letters of recommendation;
  • a research statement and a research plan for the coming years, including plans on how to acquire additional funding.

We especially invite qualified women to apply. In accordance with NWO guidelines, in case of equally qualified applicants, a female applicant will be given preference.

CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavour to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage everyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or physical abilities.

Additional information can be obtained from LSH group leader prof.dr. Leen Stougie, tel. +31 (0) 20 592 4381, e-mail: Leen.Stougie@cwi.nl.

For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nl or watch our video about working at CWI.

Please email your application no later than March 1, 2020 to apply@cwi.nl.

About Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is an institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large.

CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 170 scientists from approximately 25 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.

CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam that is presently developing into a major location of research in the natural sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.

About the LSH research group
For more information about the Life Sciences research group, please check our webpage.