[AISWorld] position announcement - tenure track - assistant professor Business Intelligence & Analytics

Remko Helms r.w.helms at uu.nl
Wed May 20 15:45:42 EDT 2015

*Tenure track - Assistant professor in Business Intelligence & analytics*

(1,0 FTE) Tenure track (4 years)

Vacancy number *FAC/MST/15020*

At the end of the year 2014 APG, the Province of Limburg (Netherlands), 
and Maastricht University decided to establish the Smart Services Campus 
(SSC) in Heerlen. The SSC will develop into an eco-system with both a 
highly innovative character in smart services, and a learning 
environment in which top talent can be attracted, developed, and 
flourish. The eco-system will entail large corporations, innovative 
SMEs, knowledge institutes, research institutes, and start-ups and 
student ventures. As part of the SSC the Expertise & Innovation 
Centre Business Intelligence and Smart Service (BISS) will be developed. 
The BISS will become an essential institute of knowledge development and 
innovation within the SSC playing a pivotal role in the SSC. The BISS is 
a collaboration of three knowledge institutions in the province of 
Limburg: Maastricht University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and 
the Open University Netherlands. It is fully embedded in the Smart 
Services Campus, where IT/Business Intelligence related companies (e.g. 
APG, Accenture, Conclusion) cooperate with BISS to develop new smart 
services in a diversity of functional areas such as Finance, Marketing, 
Health Care and Smart Cities.

The assistant professor in business intelligence & analytics will work 
within the Innovation theme of BISS. This theme focuses on developing 
innovations in processes, products and services that result in added 
value for organizations. An important resource to realize such 
innovations is (big) data.

We expect the candidate to be passionate about research and will 
initiate research that aims to develop search strategies that guarantee 
effective exploration of big data sources. These search strategies 
should be translated into a computer model, based on (for instance) 
machine learning, which can initiate searches, and is able to 
distinguish real insights from spurious correlations that are easily 
found in big data sets. Besides presenting valuable insights, it should 
also be able to give some information on the search strategy used and 
how it arrived at the results. One of the attributes of the system 
should be self-learning so that its performance increases over time.

The candidate will also be active in valorisation and education in the 
area of business intelligence & analytics. He/she will develop teaching 
programs and course materials at bachelor and master level in business 
intelligence, business informatics and shared services, including the 
design of courses, designing and grading exams, and supervision of 
bachelor and master theses, and internships. He/she will contribute to 
expertise teams of BISS in close collaboration with industry, and will 
publish in respectable conferences and journals. Furthermore the 
candidate will write grant applications and attract research funding. 
He/she will supervise PhD students and post-docs. He/she will also take 
part in the administration of BISS and be active in the development of 
the identity and image of BISS as a center.



- PhD or equivalent advanced degree in a field relevant to business 
intelligence and analytics.

- Talent for research in business intelligence and analytics, proven by 
publication record.

- Positive, people-oriented and energetic attitude

- Analytical, creative and innovative approach to solving problems

- Strong written and verbal communication skills (in Englisch and Dutch, 
or acquire sufficient proficiency in Dutch in one year).

- Team player that can work in multi-disciplinary teams

- Willing to acquire the basic teaching qualification (BKO) as is 
required by Dutch universities.


The maximum salary for a permanent and full-time position is €5.171,- 
gross per month (salary scale 12) in accordance with VSNU standards and 
depending upon your qualifications and experience.


BISS Institute, Smart Services Campus Heerlen (approximately 4 days per 
week) and Open University (approximately 1 day per week)

*Additional information*

For more information about this vacancy you can contact Remko Helms, 
e-mail: remko.helms at ou.nl

For additional information about the Open Universiteit, you can visit 
our websites www.ou.nl <http://www.ou.nl/>.

The Open Universiteit provides good secondary benefits such as training, 
mobility, part-time employment and paid parental leave.

*Application Procedure*

Letters of application should be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae. 
Please write the vacancy number both on the letter and the envelope and 
send the application to: Open Universiteit, GSO/AenO/Personeels-, 
salaris-, en financiële administratie, Postbus 2960, 6401 DL Heerlen, 
The Netherlands. You can also apply by sending these documents by e-mail 
to solliciteren at ou.nl <mailto:solliciteren at ou.nl>.

*Closing date: June 15, 2015*

*More information on Open University*

*Studying online anywhere in the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders)
*The Open Universiteit (OU) is the university where students study 
online. Students of the OU combine their study with other activities, 
usually a job. Characteristics of the education are openness, 
flexibility and high quality. Students can follow bachelor and master 
degree programmes in seven fields of study. More than 17.000 students 
are studying at the OU and the OU has 650 employees. The OU has a 
network of sixteen regional study centres in the Netherlands and six in 
Belgium (Flanders). The head office is situated in Heerlen.

The most advanced technologies and educational insights are applied in 
our bachelor and master programmes, our courses and also in projects and 
tailored programmes with partners.

Both nationally and internationally the OU plays a key role in the 
innovation of higher education. Education and research are closely 
interrelated which guarantees state of the art scientific knowledge in 
our programs. Our students learn and integrate all aspects of academic 
theory that reflect the latest insights in each of the specific 
disciplines we offer. The OU not only invests in research in the various 
academic disciplines, but also in research in learning sciences and 
learning technologies which contributes to theinnovation of higher 

*Satisfied students and employees*

For five years in a row the OU has the highest score of all Dutch 
universities in the National Student Survey: students of the OU are most 
satisfied about their study compared to students of the other thirteen 
universities. The OU and the programmes are also highly valued in the 
Dutch university guides ’Keuzegidsen’: best university 2015 with 4 top 
bachelor and 2 top master programmes 2015. Moreover, in the rankings of 
best companies to work for the OU ranks second (category 500 and more 
employees for young employees until 35 years). The Monitor at work index 
shows that younger employees are positive about the excellent resources 
of the OU: variety and variation in work, autonomy in work, learning 
possibilities and a positive work atmosphere. **

*Faculty of Management, Science & Technology*

The faculty of Management, Science & Technology (MST) offers academic 
bachelor and master programmes in the fields of management, 
environmental science and information science. Additionally the faculty 
offers short programmes for professionals (certified professional 
programs), who aim to gain more in-depth knowledge. At the faculty of 
MST students can immediately reflect on what they learn in the light of 
their work situation (apply the theory in practice). In the organisation 
they work they can perform assignments and research. Thus scientific 
work at this faculty provides challenging opportunities to connect 
education, research and business.

Education, research and valorisation are the main tasks of the faculty. 
In the National Student Survey 2014 the bachelor and master programmes 
of this faculty receive high satisfaction scores and the bachelors 
Business Administration, Environmental Sciences and Information Science 
reach first places in their studies.

Apart from the students in our 4 bachelor and 5 master programs, the 
faculty also runs a successful PhD-program, which contains currently 
more than 50 PhD students.

Best regards, Met vriendelijke groet, Remko

Prof.dr.ir. Remko Helms - Open University
Faculty of Management, Science & Technology

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