Published Deadline Location
28 Feb 13 Apr Amsterdam
Are you a talented computer scientist? Do you aim to research the design of information systems for fair and responsible ecosystems? Then, please apply for this assistant professor (tenure track) position at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Job description

Fair and responsible software ecosystems aim at networks of actors with environmental and societal goals, for example as stated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, rather than to profit maximization only. Examples include information systems research topics focusing on the improvement of (environmental) sustainability, digital inclusion, fair trade, quality-of-service, digital democracy, and social communities.

We are looking for a tenure-track assistant professor who collaborates intensively with other disciplines and builds bridges. You are experienced in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. You are enthusiastic about at least one of the mentioned disciplines including, but not limited to innovative business models, ecosystem- and decentralized platform design, decentralized autonomous organizations and ICT4D. To be successful in our group, you must have knowledge and skills in the field of conceptual modelling and requirements engineering. You are an active researcher able to perform quality research, link this research to the ongoing developments in technology, business and society, and connect it to our bachelor and master-level education.

Your duties

The tenure track/career track position includes research, education and management (40%:40%:20%) and contains among others the following responsibilities:
  • Shape and lead a research program around fair and responsible software ecosystems
  • Build an active national and international network in your research field
  • Contribute to administrative tasks
  • Teach our education programs in the Information Sciences (IS) by initiating/developing and planning 2-3 courses in the IS for sustainability, as well as in the supervision of bachelor and master thesis projects. You will be encouraged to further improve education
  • Where relevant, collaborate with the existing groups in the department


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • A PhD degree and postdoc experience in Computer Science, Information Sciences, or a closely related field
  • Academic teaching experience, preferably with experience in the supervision of MSc and/or PhD students
  • An academic publication profile showing experience in relevant journals and conferences
  • Either in possession of, or willing to obtain, a teaching qualification ('BKO')
  • Experience with attracting research funding, either individually or collaboratively
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • English language proficiency

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On a full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

We offer a Tenure Track/Career Track position at the level of Assistant Professor. A career plan to grow from Assistant Professor lv. 2 (profile Universitair Docent 2, salary scale 11) to Assistant Professor lv. 1 (profile Universitair Docent 1, salary scale 12) will be made and formalised in a tailored Tenure Track/Career Track agreement. (with specific performance indicators)

The initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months, including two months' probation. 15 months after the starting date, performance will be evaluated. After a successful evaluation permanent employment will be granted.

The starting package will include:
  • One PhD student per new permanent staff member.

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;
  • good paid parental leave arrangement;
  • the possibility to work partly from home (hybrid working);
  • on campus child daycare, sports facilities, family support programs including: dual career workshops, Dutch language class, tax & insurance workshop (some might have additional costs);
  • certain tax benefits (30% ruling) might apply to international candidates;
  • help and assistance with relocation (international candidates).


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

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 more than 11,000 students.

About the department
The VUA Department of Computer Science has approximately 170 members, including 35 tenured staff members and 90 PhD students. The tenured staff members form the essential basis for the functioning of the department. A tenured staff member is required to make significant contributions to the research and education programmes, and to spend effort on specific tasks at the department level.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button until 13/04/2023. Please include in your application a short motivation letter, your CV, a 1 page research statement and a 1 page teaching statement.

We are looking to optimize diversity and gender-balance among our staff. In the case of equal suitability of candidates, we therefore will give preference to individuals who are complimentary.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Dr. Jaap Gordijn
Position: Associate Professor

Relocation support

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

Name: Sara Veldhorst
Position: Relocation Advisor

No agencies


  • Assistant professor
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 14900


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 13 Apr 2023 23:58 (Europe/Amsterdam).