Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Security

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Security

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19 Mar 30 Apr Amsterdam

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Job description

The department of computer science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking for an assistant professor in security within the VUSec systems security group ( -- to create a world-class security research cluster with multiple research pillars. A successful candidate will set up her/his own research line in any area of systems security, such as operating systems security, programming languages security, hardware security,  fuzzing, web security, etc. We emphasize top research in a stimulating and fun environment, and we encourage our researchers to collaborate with groups both within and outside the department.  Our philosophy is to hire the best person rather than hiring a person in a narrowly defined research area.  Candidates should have a strong track record in their research area, as evidenced by, for instance, publications in high-quality venues, real-world impact like open-source/open-access projects, awards/grants, visibility, and citations. We especially encourage female applicants. In the case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to a female candidate.Key responsibilities
  • We seek an energetic and synergetic candidate that is eager to shape and lead their research
  • Candidates will be expected, and offered the possibility, to supervise Ph.D. students 
  • We seek energetic colleagues that contribute to teaching in our bachelor/master programs in the form of 2-3 courses within the candidate’s area of expertise, as well as in the supervision of bachelor/master projects. The candidate will be encouraged to further improving education 
  • An important part of the position will be acquiring research funding


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science or a strongly related field
  • A high-quality publication track record in security research in both conference proceedings and journals
  • Good visibility and engagement in their research community
  • Either in possession of, or willing to obtain, a teaching qualification ('BKO')

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 5 years.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 (scale 11)
and a maximum €4,978 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: Assistant Professor 2, is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, initially for the duration of 5 years. Within an agreed period, tenure could be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. During the tenure, the performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, and acquisition of personal grants or equivalent project funding. After a successful evaluation, a permanent contract will be given.
The tenure track position is starting at the level of assistant professor in the areas of research, teaching and management.

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
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


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 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 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, projectSince the 1970s, the Computer Systems section at Vrije Universiteit has continuously enjoyed a world-class reputation in systems 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 more information about VUSec and its research interests, see


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3637—€4978 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 4108


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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