Researcher lifelong learning Artificial Intelligence (50%)

Your function

As VAIA-liaison, you are responsible within UHasselt for the lifelong learning offer in the broad field of AI.

The task package:

  • You map out the existing supply.
  • You support existing training programs where necessary.
  • You identify gaps in the existing supply and identify ways to fill those gaps strategically.
  • You develop and coordinate several new training programs.
  • You help identify real AI training needs among professionals and researchers. To this end, you have insight into the opportunities for the field (companies, health care institutions, the service sector, the government, ...) or you are prepared to become familiar with them.
  • You identify and document which existing training initiatives within UHasselt meet these needs.
  • You identify and document which expertise within UHasselt can be applied to further and/or better meet these needs.
  • In close consultation with the VAIA coordinator and the UHasselt project leader, you work out proposals for new courses. To this end, you establish the necessary contacts with relevant stakeholders inside and outside UHasselt. You do not hesitate to bring in additional expertise where required.
  • You are fully committed to co-creation. Your focus lies with UHasselt, but you do not exclude other partners.
  • You work systematically and transparently. 
  • You are a bridge between the VAIA-team and UHasselt.
  • You will form a close team with your VAIA colleagues, who work in different higher education institutions in Flanders.
  • In this role, you report to both the VAIA coordinator and the VAIA project leader within UHasselt.

Your team

VAIA, the Flemish AI Academy, is a collaboration of all Flemish universities and colleges and wants to let professionals and researchers in Flanders learn about artificial intelligence in a goal-oriented way. In this way, they learn to recognize and exploit its possibilities. In this way, we channel the available expertise on AI from the academic world to the business world, thus contributing to the Flemish knowledge economy. With our widely accessible range of courses we stimulate lifelong learning. 

Your talents

  • You have a master's degree or PhD. (or equivalent)
  • You have a demonstrable affinity with AI and lifelong learning. Expertise in AI or, more broadly, in technology is a plus.
  • You preferably also have experience with outreach, science communication and societal valorization.
  • You are a networker by nature, make contacts easily and feel intuitively how to maintain relationships and engage and enthuse people.
  • You are entrepreneurial and have strong organizational skills.
  • You are strong in analytical, creative and innovative thinking.
  • You have a great sense of responsibility. You attach great importance to quality, finish and accuracy, without falling into perfectionism.
  • You are flexible, willing to work evenings and to travel to different locations in Flanders. At least once every two weeks we expect you in Brussels (Ravenstein Gallery, near Brussels Central Station).
  • You think customer-oriented, in function of what the target audience needs.
  • You work efficiently and can function well both individually and as part of a team.
  • You have an excellent command of Dutch (minimum C1) and English (minimum B2). Do you not meet these language requirements but otherwise recognize yourself in this vacancy? Don't hesitate to contact us, so we can see what is possible.

Our offer for you

You will be appointed and paid as Researcher.
We offer a fixed-term contract for one year.

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The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file and an interview.

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Apply up to 30.04.2024

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