Job: Assistant or Associate Professor in Social Robotics at TU Delft

Assistant or Associate Professor in Social Robotics
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands

Contract: Tenure Track
Salary: 3389 – 4978 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Application deadline: February 1, 2020

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty’s excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

The department of Intelligent Systems (INSY) conceptualizes computer science methodologies to sense, abstract, learn, reason, elicitate and adapt data and their meaning in ways that respect human values in order to increase human effectiveness in well-being and social innovation. At the heart of the department is therefore the research and teaching in computer science theory, algorithms and solutions for information processing systems that support humans (e.g. robotics), new products (e.g. internet services), and science (e.g. biology).

The Interactive Intelligence group focuses on interaction of users with intelligent systems. In particular we have a strong track record on the development of smart interactive agents. Such agents possess capabilities including learning, reasoning, social skills, emotions, and norms and can interact with humans. These agents typically function as coach, artificial actor, or companion, and are used in a wide variety of applications including therapy, health and entertainment. Agents are of all kinds, i.e., software only, virtual embodiment, and robots. The group has Nao’s, Peppers, and FurHats.


We are looking for a faculty member to strengthen our research in Social Robotics at TU Delft. Relevant topics of research include, but are not limited to cognitive architectures, and human-robot experiments. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the research and teaching tasks of the Interactive Intelligence group, and be active in acquiring research funds. For more information on the research and teaching activities of the Interactive Intelligence group see


We welcome applicants that have a PhD in Social Robotics, Artificial Intelligence or related fields, are active researchers with a multidisciplinary mindset, and are enthusiastic team players. They have experience in human-robot experiments and a strong technical background. Having experience in university level teaching and applying for research funding would be appreciated.


At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position. TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.


For information about this vacancy, you can contact Catholijn Jonker, Head of the Interactive Intelligence Group, email:

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV that includes a list of publications, contact information of at least three scientists whom we can contact for letters of recommendation, and a research and teaching statement along with a letter of application to before February 1, 2020. When applying please refer to vacancy number EWI2019-91.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


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