Full or Associate professor Security by Design University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute Netherlands

Full or Associate professor Security by Design

Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute


Publication date
14 December 2018

Level of education

Salary indication
€5,039 to €8,127 gross per month

Closing date
1 February 2019

38 hours per week

Vacancy number


The Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam occupies a leading position internationally in its fields of research and participates in a large number of cooperative programmes with universities, research institutes and businesses. The Faculty has a student body of around 7,000 and 1,500 members of staff, spread over eight research institutes and a number of faculty-wide support services. A considerable part of the research is made possible by external funding from Dutch and international organisations and the private sector. The Faculty of Science offers 11 Bachelor's degree programmes and 18 Master’s degree programmes in the fields of the exact sciences, computer science and information studies, and life and earth sciences.


Within the Faculty, the information sciences are organized in two research institutes, the Informatics Institute and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. The Informatics Institute (IvI) encompasses around 270 members, organized in eight research groups that cooperate intensively, both formally and informally.


We are recruiting an established and internationally recognized scholar at the level of full or associate professor (depending on qualifications) in the area of Security by Design.


Job description


As our reliance on ICT infrastructures increases, so do concerns about their security. The growing complexity and connectivity of ICT systems, ranging from large-scale cloud systems to small embedded devices as part of the Internet of Things, attract the worldwide attention of an increasingly large number of attackers. The same holds for data being processed with such systems. Data travels through virtualized environments between systems and this brings new security and integrity challenges to be addressed. This makes the security aspect more important than ever during the design and implementation of those ICT systems. As the new full/associate professor in the area of ‘Security by Design’, you will provide an excellent addition to our existing rich research portfolio. The focus of this position is on the design and creation of secure ICT systems, with possible research topics such as Identity, Privacy and Trust Management, Web Security, Network Security, Secure Data Management, and/or Secure Software Design and Engineering.

You will contribute significantly to novel theories, methodologies, algorithms and tools for designing and developing secure ICT systems and/or securely managing the data exchanged by these systems. You will form a new group in the Systems and Networking Lab of the Informatics Institute. To facilitate this, the institute will invest in an additional tenure-track position (assistant professor), of which the profile will be defined by you, to further strengthen your new group. The Systems and Networking Lab currently consists of three research groups: Complex Cyber Infrastructure (Prof.  Cees de Laat), Multi-Scale Networking (Dr Paola Grosso), and Parallel Computing Systems (Dr Andy Pimentel). The lab conducts research on leading-edge computer systems of all scales, ranging from global-scale systems and networks to embedded devices. Across these multiple scales our particular interest is on extra-functional properties of computer systems, such as performance, energy consumption, programmability, productivity, security, trust, sustainability and, last but not least, the societal impact of emerging systems-related technologies.


The establishment and positioning of the new full/associate professor will further strengthen the world-class reputation of the cyber security research ecosystem in Amsterdam. More specifically, your research focus should complement the security research of Prof. Herbert Bos’ group at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam as well as Prof. Ronald Cramer’s research at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI).


In terms of teaching responsibilities, you will contribute to our programs in Informatics (BSc), Security & Network Engineering (MSc), and/or Software Engineering (MSc). Both of these MSc programs have consistently received the ‘Top Program’ designation over the years, implying that they are ranked among the best MSc programs nationwide.



What do we require of you:

  • a PhD in computer science or a related discipline;

  • proven ability to engage in cutting-edge research in the design and creation of secure ICT systems;

  • demonstrated to be a creative and inspiring scientist with excellent leadership capabilities;

  • documented excellence in research through publications in top international conferences and journals;

  • the capability to initiate and organise new research by identifying innovative research themes;

  • a strong track record in the acquisition of funded research;

  • contacts necessary to initiate national and international partnerships, and preferably you are already part of an international network;

  • experience or are willing to get involved in valorisation of research;

  • proven teaching skills, preferably with a certificate of academic teaching quality (Dutch BKO or equivalent), excellent didactic qualities and affinity with the content of the Bachelors and Master programs in the domain of computer science, security & network engineering, and/or software engineering;

  • commitment to stimulating and supervising PhD research;

  • willingness and ability to perform administrative, organisational and managerial tasks.


Further information

For further information, questions and/or comments please contact: 

  • Prof. Cees T.A.M. de Laat, committee member

    T+31 (0)20 525 7590

  • Prof. Theo Gevers, chair of the selection committee

    T+31 (0)20 525 7578


You may also suggest names of qualified candidates to Prof.  Gevers.



The position will be filled at the level of Associate or Full professor, depending on qualifications. We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university, a permanent tenured appointment and an attractive package of fringe benefits, for instance: generous leave arrangements, application for attractive fiscal arrangements are possible for employees from abroad, attractive retirement benefits, collective health insurance and excellent parental leave packages.


The gross monthly salary of the Associate professor position (UHD) will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel and will range from €5,039 up to a maximum of €6,738 (salary scale 13-14) effective 1 February 2019.


The gross monthly salary of the Full professor will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel and will range from €5,582 up to a maximum of €8,127 (salary scale HL2) effective 1 February 2019.


At any appointment level, the salary is based on a full-time appointment and depending on qualifications, expertise and on the number of years of professional experience. The total salary includes an additional 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus, under the  Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.


Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

The IvI strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.


You can send in your application no later than 1 February 2018 using the link below. Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:

  • a cover letter and a statement summarizing your motivation (max 1 page);

  • your previous research accomplishments and your future research goals (max 2 pages);

  • your teaching statement (max 2 pages);

  • a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications, a list of your best three papers;

  • the names and contact coordinates (email and telephone numbers) of three references.


Include the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.


At this stage of the procedure, please do not send letters of reference or proofs of your academic writing. #LI-DNP

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