Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Data, Systems and Network security for critical infrastructures

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Data, Systems and Network security for critical infrastructures

Published Deadline Location
24 Feb 14 Apr Enschede

Job description

The Context
The Computer Science department of the University of Twente is expanding. Therefore, we are hiring 6 new faculty members, to strengthen our research in Artificial Intelligence, Cyberphysical systems and Software Engineering in the domains of (1) e-Health and (2) energy and sustainability. These new faculty members will be assigned in different research groups, but inter-group collaboration with other researchers working on these themes is considered essential to reach our overall ambitions. This position focuses on research in cybersecurity, particularly on data, systems, and network security for critical infrastructures.

The Position
The energy transition requires far-reaching automation of transport and production infrastructure, and it also requires a switch from centralized to highly decentralized production with the emergence of sustainable energy generation. These developments, which will further accelerate in the coming decade, will not only test the electricity supply itself, but also the ICT infrastructure that is used to control, manage, and monitor electricity networks. Thus, it is essential that this underlying ICT infrastructure is and remains secure, reliable, and available.

In this area, the Semantics, Cybersecurity and Services (SCS) group of the University of Twente is looking for an Associate Professor to study Operational Technology (OT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), focusing on data, systems, and network security for critical infrastructures. We comprehensively approach this combination of perspectives because they are inextricably linked when we consider the major challenges to face in the areas of privacy (of consumers), confidentiality (of, for example, network capacity), availability (of the operating systems), and security (cyberattacks with an impact on the physical domain).

About the group
Digitalization brings many new opportunities for businesses and governments by fostering the development of innovative online services. However, this development also brings new challenges, notably in terms of intelligence, interoperability, security, and privacy. The mission of the Semantics, Cybersecurity and Services (SCS) group is to advance the development of innovative online services with improved quality through context-alignment and with reduced security and privacy threats.

SCS is part of the Twente University Centre for Cybersecurity Research (TUCCR), a public-private partnership where experts, professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, and students from industry and knowledge partners collaborate to deliver talents, innovations, and know-how in the domain of cybersecurity. The mission of TUCCR is to strengthen the security and digital sovereignty of our society by performing top-level research on real-world data, systems, and network security challenges. To achieve significant societal impact, TUCCR combines technical, socio-economic, and ethical know-how and is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, ranging from security labs, testbeds, and data lakes.

TUCCR researchers play a leading role in their field, regularly publishing at top security conferences such as USENIX Security, IEEE S&P (Oakland), and NDSS. In addition, TUCCR researchers are also active in a number of leading national and international research projects, and their work regularly finds its way into policy documents, such as the National Risk Assessment.


University of Twente (UT)


  • You have a strong interest and have shown ability to collaborate in an academic, multidisciplinary environment;
  • You have a PhD degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline;
  • You have demonstrated the ability to perform top-notch research in the cybersecurity domain and in related fields researched in the SCS group;
  • You have shown experience in acquiring external funding and are prepared to expand your skills in this respect;
  • You have good communication skills and are a team player;
  • You are fluent in English (knowledge of, or willingness to learn Dutch is an advantage);
  • You have a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) or equivalent or you are willing to acquire one within three years.

Conditions of employment

  • We offer a permanent position with a one-year probationary period (formally a 1-year contract with prospect of permanent contract).
  • The position comes with a start-up package that will be allow you to appoint one PhD student.
  • Our terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • Depending on your relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full-time basis ranges from € 3974,- (scale 11) to € 8881,- (scale H2) gross per month.
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A fulltime employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Free access to sport facilities on campus.
  • We are a family-friendly institution, which offers parental leave for both parents (both paid and unpaid) and career support for partners.
  • We appreciate diversity of profiles, cultures, and backgrounds, and promote an inclusive working culture.
  • Furthermore, we offer excellent professional and personal development programs.
  • Finally, you will work in a lively, inspiring, and dynamic working environment in an organization focusing on internationalization, where you will have a high degree of responsibility and independence.

Additional information

Are you interested in joining our team? Please submit your application before April 15, 2023 via the "Apply Now" button below, including:
  • a curriculum vitae (including, list of publications, research and teaching statement);
  • a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • 2 or 3 of your publications which you deem most relevant to this vacancy.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at our university. We encourage applications from all sections of society.

Short online interviews are planned in the middle of May. Full job interviews are scheduled on campus in June.

You are welcome to contact Andrea Continella ( and Giancarlo Guizzardi ( for any questions you might have.

Related vacancies
The other open positions of the Computer Science department related to e-Health and energy and sustainability are:


  • Assistant professor
  • Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3974—€8881 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1088


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Make sure to apply no later than 14 Apr 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).