Do you have a background in computational linguistics and/or text mining? Do you enjoy teaching and are you interested in research where Natural Language Processing (NLP) is applied in various domains? Would you like to work in an enthusiast, multidisciplinary team of NLP researchers? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Assistant Professor
4 year tenure track
FTE: 0.8 – 0,8


The Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL) is looking for a dedicated academic to strengthen our research on developing NLP systems for interdisciplinary research and to support our team in designing and teaching in a new master in the area of Text Mining, which is unique in the Netherlands. Research carried out as part of this position will be integrated in the ambitious NWO-CLARIAH project that develops a research infrastructure for humanities research.

Your duties

  • course design and teaching in the new text mining master
  • research in Natural Language Processing technology, integrated in a research ecosystem  for the humanities (as part of the NWO-CLARIAH project)


  • PhD in computational linguistics or a PhD in computer science with specialization in computational linguistics
  • strong background in machine learning
  • knowledge of and experience with text mining
  • excellent teaching skills
  • solid publication record


A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 (scale 11)
and a maximum €4,978 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment tenure contract will affect a period of 4 years, with the possibility of extension in case the text mining master is successful and upon positive evaluation of the candidate after 3 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge


The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 24,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 1,300 students.
About the department, institute, project
The Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL) is one of the world’s leading research groups in Human Language technology. Prof. dr. Piek Vossen, recipient of the NWO Spinoza Prize, heads the group of international researchers that are working on ground-breaking projects, among which the Spinoza project ‘Understanding Language by Machines’, the EU ‘NewsReader‘ project, ‘Dutch FrameNet’ and ‘Make Robots Talk‘.

More information about the team, the project and our teaching can be found on our website:


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 15 September 2019.

The job interviews are planned end of September, when possible please take them into account when applying for the position.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Piek Vossen
Position: Full professor
Telephone: +31 20 59 86457

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Job area: Assistant Professor
Educational Level:PhD
VU unit: Faculty of  Humanities
Minimum FTE: 0.8
Contract type: Temporary with prospects of permanent employment
Minimum salary scale: €3,637 (scale 11)
Maximum salary scale :€4,978 (scale 11)