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Assistant Professor in Health Data Science

Vacancy number
Academic staff
Internal , External
Publication date
30 August 2022
Closing date
15 October 2022 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) are looking for a :

Assistant Professor in Health Data Science

Vacancy number: 22-541

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) of the Faculty of Science at Leiden University, and the Public Health & Primary Care (PHEG) department at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), are looking for candidates for an Assistant professor in Health Data Science (0.8-1.0 FTE).

The rapid evolution and expansion of Health Data Science and the increasing integration of computing with other disciplines creates new challenges on developing and understanding modern computing systems and distributed data infrastructures. Through this position, we aim to strengthen the research and education on Health Data Science at our Institute. We are searching for an assistant professor to bring in expertise complementary to the expertise that is already present at LIACS and LUMC, as part of the multidisciplinary program Population Health.

This position offers the best of both worlds, as you will be working from both Health Campus The Hague (LUMC) and Leiden Bio Science Park (LIACS), further facilitating a strategic linking pin position in various collaborations at the junction of data science, natural language processing and automated machine learning in the broad application domains of population health, wellbeing and prevention.


  • Conducting independent research in your field, establishing an own research group;
  • Teaching suitable BSc and MSc courses and supervising BSc, MSc, and PhD students;
  • Securing external funding for research;
  • Contributing to organizational activities of the Institute.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD degree in Computational Health, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics or a closely related field;
  • Several years of experience at the postdoctoral level in this field;
  • Strong publication record and experience in raising research funds;
  • Proven track record in teaching;
  • Energetic ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker with a clear view on a challenging research program;
  • Team spirit/collaborative attitude.

Working at LIACS
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Institute of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. We offer courses at the Bachelor and Master of Science level in the core areas of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, and Data Science, and in the interdisciplinary areas of ICT in Business, Media Technology and Creative science, and Bioinformatics. We strive for excellence in a caring institute, where excellence, fun, and inclusiveness go hand in hand. We offer a clear and inviting career path to young and talented scientists with the ambition to grow.

Working at LUMC
Changes in society and demographic trends are putting pressure on our healthcare system. In addition to their innovations in academic care, UMCs are increasingly expected to contribute to healthcare solutions that will make care accessible and affordable now and in the future. This is why the LUMC has opted to prioritise Population Health. This involves studying the transition from health to disease in the population and how to reduce the risk of disease, as well as developing and testing interventions to promote health. In view of its importance to society and the associated regional opportunities, the LUMC has chosen to maximise its efforts in this field.

The Health Campus The Hague (HCDH) harbours a highly multidisciplinary research group, where colleagues from Public Health & Primary Care (PHEG) and other LUMC departments collaborate with colleagues from the Faculties of Science, Sociology and Governance to leverage expertises ranging from data science, artificial intelligence and behavioural interventions, to healthcare governance and deep clinical expertise.

Our central mission is to contribute, from various scientific and clinical perspectives, and in cooperation with regional partners, to a longer and healthier life for everyone. As a data scientist, the Extramural LUMC Academic Network (ELAN) will be of particular interest. ELAN is an interdisciplinary cross-domain regional data platform with appropriate policy structure to support our health research. For 100,000+ inhabitants, ELAN links structured medical data, mental health information and social domain context with socioeconomic data such as income, education level, employment status, household composition and neighbourhood and district data. On an individual level. Performing ML/NLP analyses on and administering the infrastructure of ELAN will be an inherent component of your work activities.

Terms and conditions 
We offer a temporary position for 12 months, which will become a permanent position after proven suitability during the 12 months. Salary ranges from €3,974 to €6,181 gross per month for a full-time position as assistant professor (pay scale 11 or 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career program. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Diversity and inclusivity
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to Prof. Marco Spruit, email m.r.spruit@liacs.leidenuniv.nl.

If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Alice Bisschop, email jobs@liacs.leidenuniv.nl.

Written applications can be send no later than 15 October 2022 to jobs@liacs.leidenuniv.nl using the vacancy number in the subject of the email, including:

  • A brief description of your research plan,
  • Teaching experience,
  • A full CV including a list of publications, grant acquisition, and a link to your Google Scholar page,
  • PDFs or links to key publications and PhD thesis.

As well as the names and addresses of at least three persons that can be contacted in due course for reference (who have agreed to be contacted).

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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