Assistant Professor in Data Science and Ethics

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Data Science and Ethics.

The Data Science Centre is a new cross-Faculty institution at the University of Amsterdam that aims to enhance the university’s research by developing, sharing, and applying data science methods and technologies. As a coordinating hub within the UvA Library, the center is uniquely positioned to facilitate knowledge exchange as well as the training of skills related to digital and data-driven research and thus contributes to the innovation, diffusion, and cross-pollination of data science across the university. The candidate will enhance the existing team of humanities researchers at the DSC.


The successful candidate for this position will:

  • develop a critical humanities research agenda in data studies/data science with a specific focus on data ethics;
  • examine societal challenges of data studies, such as the role of bias in algorithms and artificial intelligence or questions of transparency and opacity;
  • experience with born-digital data in particular domains, including social media and health, but are also open to well-justified applications from other domains;
  • work interdisciplinary, across departmental and disciplinary boundaries, and support the development of existing and new curricula and programmes;
  • actively pursue external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, both national as well as European;
  • contribute to developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation;
  • be actively contributing to the research activities of ASCA and DSC.
  • develop, teach and organise courses in both Dutch and English, in the BA and MA programmes;
  • supervise BA and MA theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses.
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The Assistant Professor position in Data Science and Ethics covers:

  • The gross monthly salary will range from between €3,821 to €5,943
  • 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance.
  • the opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent opportunities for study and personal development;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

Job Requirements

  • a PhD the humanities, social or information sciences with a relevant research focus in the critical analysis of data processes;
  • hold an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • provide research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record;
  • demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • knowledge and experience in cultural data analysis using data science languages such as R or Python;
  • broad and relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level;
  • experience with digital and audiovisual teaching facilities and affinity with IT in university teaching;
  • experienced in valorisation and practice-based education and/or research;
  • good team player and versatile at all levels, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • excellent organisational experience and skills;

Application Process

Applications for Assistant Professor in Data Science and Ethics should include the following information:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a detailed CV;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation;
  • a list of publications.

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Application Deadline: March 31, 2022.

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