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Professor in Computer Science: Human-Computer Interaction

KU Leuven has a vacancy for a full-time (junior or senior) professor in the domain of Human-Computer Interaction at Group T Leuven Campus. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent applied research record and with educational competence within the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

The new faculty member will become a member of the research Department of Computer Science, which is internationally renowned for its research in informatics, computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematical engineering, digital humanities, and teacher education (https://wms.cs.kuleuven.be/cs/english/research).

The new professor will moreover become a member of the Faculty of Engineering Technology that offers academic yet implementation-oriented engineering programs at seven campuses across Flanders. Main teaching duties will be situated at Group T Leuven Campus (https://www.kuleuven.be/grouptcampus), an international and entrepreneurial engineering campus in Leuven city centre. Each year more than 2200 students enrol at the campus in Bachelor and Master in Engineering Technology programs that are offered in both English and Dutch.

The e-Media Research Lab at Group T Leuven Campus investigates, develops and implements novel techniques to enhance the human condition with embodied media. Their systems contain sensors that capture input from a human user or information from the environment, algorithms that analyse these data, and intelligent systems with actuators that generate meaningful output. Central to their research questions is how humans will perceive this output, and how they respond to it. Their human-centred systems are applied in the domains of health care, learning, arts and entertainment. The faculty, department and campus can build upon solid research infrastructures, extensive international networks, connections with companies and non-profit organisations, a stable offer of talented PhD students, and a supportive work environment.

Duties
Research
  • You develop a research programme at an international level. As you will be part of the e-Media Research Lab at Group T Leuven Campus, your research is strongly focused on design, development, and deployment of human-centric (software) systems. These systems may include front-end user interfaces on mobile devices and web clients, games and gamified applications, VR/XR/AR applications, and systems with smart objects. They are characterized by their rich and engaging user experience, and are tailored to the needs of the target group and the context in which they are used. Application domains of relevance may include online media and entertainment, medical diagnostics and health care information systems, and technology enhanced learning.
  • You have a strong technological background, and have research expertise in the domain of Human-Computer Interaction. Technological expertise is sought in software development (for different platforms and OSs) and web development (knowledge on front-end frameworks like React, Angular, Vue.js). In the HCI domain, candidates are expected to have expertise in user-centered design and user experience design.
  • You engage in high-quality scientific research, resulting in PhD completions and publications that meet international standards, and lead to broad international recognition.
  • You support the existing network of companies through the commercialisation of research results, and by delivering industrial services, aimed at strengthening industrial innovation.
  • As part of your research programme, you develop international partnerships, within the academic world as well as with industrial partners.
  • You are able to acquire competitive funding, both project-based government funding as well as industrial funding.
  • You contribute to the further development to the international reputation of the research group and the faculty. You strive to contribute to technology transfer and application of the results of your research in industry/government/society.
Education
  • You provide high-quality education for both bachelor and master students in the field of software engineering and human-computer interaction, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. All professors are expected to contribute to basic undergraduate courses.
  • You contribute to the faculty’s and the university’s pedagogical mission through the supervision of student projects (e.g., thesis projects) and by acting as a supervisor of PhD students.
  • You have an outspoken interest in next-generation engineering education and are willing to evolve throughout your career towards substantial educational engagements. 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.
  • Your teaching duties are determined in agreement and are based on your specific profile. For this specific vacancy the campus is looking for expertise in both bachelor level as well as master level courses in the fields of e.g. computational thinking, object-oriented software development, programming techniques and/or web development. There is scope to develop research courses at master level in your domain of expertise.
  • The teaching assignment is limited in the first years of your appointment. In your further career, the faculty will also pay attention to the balance between research and teaching time.
Service
  • You are prepared to provide service to the scientific community, to society and to the university in function of the needs and your personal interests.
  • You will carry out applied research projects in collaboration with industry and government, and create a network of industrial partners.
  • You will involve actively in promoting the Faculty of Engineering Technology to future students and participate in the information and promotional activities of the faculty.
Profile
  • You hold a Master and a PhD in Computer Science or an equivalent degree, and you have research experience in the field of Human-Computer Interaction.
  • You have a strong research track record in the discipline, evidenced by your publications or by your research experience in industry. You have the ambition to contribute to the valorisation of research in industry and in society. International experience is an important advantage.
  • You have verifiable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
  • You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership competencies in a university or industry context.
  • A good command of English is required. KU Leuven provides courses in academic English. The official administrative 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 and to acquire the level of Dutch that is required for tenure. Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch resp. English to the required standard.
Offer

We offer a full-time employment in an intellectually stimulating environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is highly focused on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and strives for international excellence. In this regard, 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 at KU Leuven Group T Leuven Campus, in a historic, dynamic and lively city, located in the heart of Belgium, within 30 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.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.KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, …
To facilitate scientific integration and research in the first phase, a research position equivalent to a PhD fellowship for 4 years is made available. If you have no other substantial funding available, you can also apply for a start-up grant of EUR 100,000, on the condition that you are appointed for at least 50%.

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