Assistant Professor of Programmable Networks
University of Amsterdam Informatics Institute

Tenure track assistant professor Programmable Networks

Publication date 29 October 2019

Closing date 10 December 2019

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month

Vacancy number 19-719


The MultiScale Networked Systems (MNS) group is looking for an assistant professor in a tenure track position on the subject of ‘Secure Programmable Networks’. In regard to programmable networks, we contribute to a number of emerging national efforts such as the 2STiC program and international efforts such as Fed4FIREPlus and GEANT. This position will enhance and strenghten these collaborations.


What are you going to do?

Network programmability and network virtualisation are becoming mainstream methodologies to support novel network services. Our group has an established international track record in this area and we are looking to expand and strengthen this research pillar, in particular in relation to security and transparency of communication.

We expect you to address the problem of creation of network infrastructures that provide more control to end users. We envision that you will develop methods that allow to specify the network services desired by applications, while providing verification handles and sufficient performance. You should be able to either adapt and evolve existing architectures or devise new methods that provide the desired level of security and transparency. To do this you need to have a strong understanding of network operations, at all protocols levels.

Furthermore, you are expected to participate in education for bachelor and master students within the computer science programmes, in particular in support network related courses. The total teaching load will be around 30%.


What do we require?

The candidate should have a degree in Computer Science, be at the postdoc level, fluently speak and write English. International research experience is preferred as well as a highly collaborative and enthusiastic approach.

Specifically, we are interested in people with:

  • expertise in networking, in particular programmable networks, proven by a solid publication record in this area;
  • excellent research skills, evidenced by a track record of publications in renowned international conferences and journals, and contributed and/or invited talks at international conferences/workshops;
  • proven ability to attract external funding and experience in the process of proposal writing;
  • teaching experience at university level and demonstrable didactic abilities;
  • preferably experience with the (co-)supervision of BSc, MSc and/or PhD students;
  • management skills required for general academic administration, organisation and coordination tasks;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • an excellent command of English and willingness to learn the Dutch language. 


Our offer

We offer you a tenure-track agreement for five years (which is part of a six-year temporary appointment). At the start, we will draw up an agreement with you, specifying the tenure-track requirements for research, teaching and management tasks that need to be fulfilled in order to assess progress after three years and after five years. The requirements in this agreement are negotiable and depend on your experience and scientific profile. Following a positive assessment after five years the appointment will become permanent.

The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum of € 3.637 (scale 10) to a maximum of € 5.656 (scale 12) gross per month, based on fulltime (38 hours a week), exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3 % end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The MNS group  is part of the Systems and Security Lab (SNE), one of the three research clusters at the Informatics Institute. The group focuses its researches on the fundamental architectural problems that arise from the interconnection of systems and of data flows. We look at the emerging architectures that can support the operations of the future Internet. In particular we focus on the delivery of secure and sustainable ICT services across multiple domains. Device programmability and virtualization play in this field an ever-increasing role in designing networks and ICT infrastructures. We address the interoperability challenges in supporting discovery, analysis and interoperation between heterogeneous complex infrastructures. Our vision is to build an effective ‘knowledge fibre’ to facilitate information discovery, integration and reuse across distributed infrastructures.


Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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

You may send in your application no later than 10 December 2019 using the button below.
Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:

  • a letter of motivation (1 page maximum);
  • a curriculum vitae, including list of publications and teaching track record;
  • a research statement (2 pages maximum);
  • a teaching statement (1 page maximum);
  •  a list of three references from different institutes.


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