Full/Associate Professor in Security
VU University Amsterdam Department of Computer Science

Title Full/Associate Professor in Security
Employer VU University Amsterdam
Job location De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
Published June 26, 2019
Application deadline August 31, 2019
Job types Professor, Assistant / Associate Professor
Fields Informatics, Information Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Information Systems (Business Informatics), Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Theory of Computation, Computational Sciences and 1 more.


Are you an experienced and passionate researcher in security and do you want to contribute and collaborate to shape the future of security technology and applications with an eye on society? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would very much like to get to know you and encourages you to apply for this position.

Hours per week: 32 - 40 hours


The department of computer science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking for a senior group leader (full or associate professor) in security. Our objective is to complement our well-known applied systems security group (https://vusec.net) with foundational security research -- in the broadest sense of the word (i.e., theory, usability, programming languages, machine learning, etc., are all in scope) -- to create a world-class security research cluster with multiple pillars. Our hiring philosophy is to hire the best woman or man rather than hiring someone in a narrowly defined research area.

We are looking for somebody with an excellent track record in their area of research, as evidenced by appropriate metrics such as publications in top venues, real-world impact, prestigious awards/grants, visibility, or citations (or any similar metric). A successful candidate will build her/his own research line in security. Nevertheless, the candidate should be willing to “reach across the aisle” and welcome collaboration with the existing VUSec group and other research groups in the department.

We strongly encourage women to apply for this position. In the case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to a female candidate.


Your duties

You are able to lead a security research group
You contribute to teaching in our bachelor and master programmes by initiating/developing and planning of 2-3 courses within your area of expertise, as well as in the supervision of bachelor and master projects
You are able to formulate proposals for improvement with reference to the educational evaluation of course components and implements them
You complement the existing research group in systems security in a security cluster that offers a more complete palette in security research by coordinating and developing new and innovative research projects
You are able to take care of managerial and/or administrative tasks that go beyond the department, for example managing an educational committee or coordinating a course or mandated management tasks

Ph.D. in Computer Science
Excellent publication track record in systems or systems security in prominent (international) journals or reputable conference proceedings
Excellent (international) visibility in the research community
Either in possession of, or willing to obtain, a teaching qualification (‘BKO’)
Very good/Excellent teaching skills, witnessed by good teaching evaluations
Being able to motivate and inspire students and colleagues
Good interpersonal communication skills

Good English language proficiency is essential


A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €5,294 (scale 14) and a maximum €8,127 (H2), depending on your education and experience. The job profile:of Associate Professor 1 is based on the university job ranking system (UFO). In order to attract foreign employees, the Netherlands offers a tax incentive known as the 30% ruling:and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE. https://www.tax-consultants-international.com/read/30_percent_regulation_netherla

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
contribution to commuting expenses
good child daycare facilities available on campus
good paid parental leave arrangement

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the department, institute, project
Since the 1970s, the Computer Systems section at Vrije Universiteit has continuously enjoyed a world-class reputation in research. It produced some of the best-known computer systems researchers in the world and is known as the birthplace of CVS and MINIX (which later led to Linux and a few years ago was adopted by Intel for its Management Engine running in every modern x86 processor).

Following this tradition, VUSec, the systems security group, has focused on high-impact research from its inception. For instance, it published a large number of research papers at top venues with results that directly impacted the software of all major browser and operating systems vendors, and the microcode in almost all Intel processors. In addition, it graduated a string of highly talented systems security students—winning the Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award, the ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the Roger Needham Ph.D. Award for best Ph.D. in computer systems in Europe no fewer than five times. For more information about VUSec and its research interests, see https://vusec.net

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before 31 August 2019.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Herbert Bos
Position: Head of Systems Security research group
E-mail: cpwaij@few.vu.nl
Telephone: +31 20 59 83563

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name: Wytske Siegersma
Position: Relocation Advisor
E-mail: relocations@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 (20) 59 85037

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