University of Twente

University of Twente

Associate Professor in Wearable and Pervasive Computing


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As an Associate Professor in Wearable and Pervasive Computing, your role will be to contribute to advancing our research areas that intersect wearable technology, edge computing, machine learning, and augmented reality. You will contribute to the development and execution of our research agenda, fostering collaborations with industry partners and fellow researchers.

Your unique perspective will enrich our interdisciplinary team as you spearhead innovative research projects, mentor graduate students, and address the intricacies and prospects in the design and interplay of pervasive computing technologies at "the living edge" enabling the exploration of innovative applications in digital health, sports, wellbeing, and beyond.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Spearhead and contribute to research initiatives at the confluence of wearable computing with edge computing, machine learning, augmented reality, and IoT systems.
  • Engage in technological frontiers such as mobile and wearable computing, molecular and in-body networks, intelligent environments, and smart devices for both humans and animals.
  • Innovate novel applications of pervasive technologies across domains such as healthcare, sports, smart cities, and mobility.
  • Publish high-quality research in leading conferences and journals, contributing to the academic discourse in the field.
  • Collaborate with industry counterparts to actualize research insights into tangible applications and solutions.
  • Secure external funding through research proposals and partnerships with the industry.
  • Mentor and supervise graduate students, fostering a collaborative and inclusive academic environment.
  • Formulate and deliver courses aligned with our research themes, contributing to our educational pursuits.
  • Shape the contours of our research agenda through your insight and involvement.
  • Your profile

    You have a strong interest and have shown the ability to collaborate in an academic, multidisciplinary environment.

    We encourage you to apply if:

  • You have a PhD degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field.
  • You have a strong research background with a focus on wearable computing, artificial intelligence, sensor systems, and edge computing.
  • You have an established publication record in renowned conferences and journals.
  • You have experience in securing external research funding is desirable.
  • You have demonstrated the ability to lead research projects and mentor graduate students.
  • You have proven proficiency in teaching and course development at a university.
  • You have strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively.
  • You have an innovative and visionary mindset to drive impactful research and advancements in the field.
  • You have prior experience in industry collaborations or technology transfer is a plus.
  • You are fluent in English (knowledge of, or willingness to learn Dutch is an advantage);
  • You have a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) or equivalent or you are willing to acquire one within three years.
  • Our offer
  • We offer a permanent position with a one-year probationary period (formally a 1-year contract with the prospect of a permanent contract).
  • Our terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %.
  • Depending on your relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full-time basis ranges from € 5247, -- (scale 13) to € 7305, -- (scale 14) gross per month.
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A fulltime employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Free access to sport facilities on campus.
  • We are a family-friendly institution, which offers parental leave for both parents (both paid and unpaid) and career support for partners.
  • We appreciate the diversity of profiles, cultures, and backgrounds, and promote an inclusive working culture.
  • Furthermore, we offer excellent professional and personal development programs.
  • Finally, you work in a lively, inspiring, and dynamic working environment in an organization focusing on internationalization, where you have a high degree of responsibility and independence.
  • Information and application

    Are you interested in joining our team?

    Please submit your application before September 30, 2023 via the "Apply Now" button below, including:

  • a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, research and teaching statement);
  • a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • 2 or 3 of your publications which you deem most relevant to this vacancy.
  • You are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Paul Havinga ([email protected]) for any questions you might have.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at our university. We encourage applications from all sections of society.

    Full job interviews are scheduled on 9 and 16 October 2023.

    About the department

    The Pervasive Systems research group is a global pioneer in research and innovation in pervasive computing systems. We foresee a future in which the physical and virtual/digital worlds will intertwine, and that will be founded on data, connectivity, and intelligence. Seamless integration of computing with the physical world via sensors and actuators and computing systems can lead to a sustainable world.

    Delivering fundamental smart sensing solutions for practical problems to provide society with higher living standards, greater safety, more comfort, and efficiency in a sustainable world. This can be reflected in relevant application areas including smart mobility, health care, sports, biodiversity and environmental monitoring.

    We develop groundbreaking innovative and smart sensing solutions in several application domains that can have an impact on society. The combination of our leadership in smart sensing systems, wireless networking technologies, embedded AI and computer vision expertise is what makes us unique.

    About the organisation

    The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

    Want to know more? Havinga, P.J.M. (Paul)

    Full professor Pervasive Systems

    Havinga, P.J.M. (Paul)

    Full professor Pervasive Systems

    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Paul for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.



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    How to apply Step 1

    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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    Associate Professor in Wearable and Pervasive Computing


    University of Twente




    September 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    September 30, 2023

    Job type

    Associate Professor/Professor


    Computer Science,Engineering

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