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Job ID: 135355

Databases for Artificial Intelligence
KU Leuven

Date Posted Dec. 20, 2019
Title Databases for Artificial Intelligence
University KU Leuven
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
Department Department of Computer Science
Application Deadline Mar. 1, 2020
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Computer Science

In the Department of Computer Science of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven there is a full-time academic vacancy in the area of databases for artificial intelligence. The new member of staff will be embedded within the lab for Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence (DTAI) of the department. We are looking for an internationally oriented candidate with both educational competence and excellent research experience in computer science, and with extensive expertise in the field of databases.

Data is one of the driving forces behind the artificial intelligence revolution, and the ability to use and to exploit data effectively is key to the success of artificial intelligence. Thus a synergetic relation between databases and artificial intelligence is necessary. This is the research topic of this vacancy, with a special focus on synergies with knowledge-based systems, machine learning, and declarative languages, the core areas of the lab for Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence.
We are looking for a candidate with a strong research profile in computer science, specifically in the areas of database theory, foundations, languages, systems, or algorithms. The ideal candidate has substantial expertise on topics such as scalability, efficiency, knowledge-bases, declarative languages, machine learning and trustworthy AI.
You develop a research programme at an international level in the area of databases for AI. You work on databases and their use for learning, for reasoning and for developing applications. For the execution of the research, you rely on, extend and complement the well-founded expertise in knowledge-based approaches, machine learning and declarative languages at DTAI. You publish at the highest scientific level, acquire competitive research funding, and supervise PhD projects at an international level. You endorse the international research strategy and contribute to the further strengthening of the scientific reputation of DTAI, by taking a key role in the network of scientific and international collaborations in the aforementioned research domain.

You provide high-quality education in computer science, artificial intelligence and digital humanities in the Faculty of Engineering Science and the Faculty of Science, in the master and bachelor programmes, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole.
You contribute to the faculty’s and the university’s pedagogical project by guiding student projects (for example bachelor’s and master’s theses) and by supervising PhD students.
You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s views on activating and researched-based education, and make use of the possibilities for educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.

You are prepared to provide scientific, societal and internal services.
You play an active part in profiling the Department of Computer Science towards new students and the wider professional field by participating in open days, networking events, fairs, etc.

You have a PhD in Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science, or an equivalent degree.
You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in leading international journals and conferences. International experience is an important advantage.
You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. The ability to immediately take on a wide range of educational tasks is an advantage.
You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership competencies in a university context.
A good command of English is required.
The official language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of your employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.

Offer We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly focused on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and strives for international excellence. The university actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.
You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration and administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching; etc.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years. At the end of this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as associate professor.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Stefan Vandewalle, tel.: +32 16 32 76 54, mail: or Prof. dr. Luc De Raedt, tel.: +32 16 32 78 34, mail:
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Add to your application the following documents (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site):
- your biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your past career and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages);
- a file on your five most important publications or realizations;
- an extensive cv including a full publication list;
- your research plan with focus on the development of your research line and research team in relation with the colleague-researchers of the entity of employment (maximum 5 pages);
- your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);
- your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to your developed expertise (maximum 1 page);
- your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).

  • KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment.
    KU Leuven is committed to creating a diverse environment and is therefore an equal opportunity employer. It explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented at the university to submit their applications.
    KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources Department
    KU Leuven
    Parijsstraat 72b Bus 5540
    Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000


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