Assistant/associate professor (tenure track) in software engineering

Assistant/associate professor (tenure track) in software engineering

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3 Mar 13 Apr Amsterdam

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Are you a talented computer scientist with a proven background in Software Engineering? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you.

Job description

The department of Computer Science at the VU maintains highly successful programs in various areas, including Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Computer Systems and Security, Software Engineering and Sustainability, and User-Centric Data Science. We would like to expand our department with a new position covering both research and education in topics related to Software Engineering.

The candidate will be able to develop their research program within a broad range of topics within the Software Engineering research area. These include, but are not limited to: software engineering, requirements engineering, software architecture, software design, software analysis, software development process, empirical software engineering, socio-technical systems, and software quality.

We are particularly interested in attracting an academic team player who will work with other research groups within the Computer Science department to establish strong new research directions and also new research synergies. We provide targeted funding for supporting such new collaborations.

In addition to scientific research, the new position includes teaching opportunities in various topics within the Software Engineering research area in the Computer Science educational programs.

The opening is targeted at the level of Assistant Professor, but experienced candidates with outstanding credentials may be considered for an Associate Professor level.

Much of the research with the department is embedded in two interdisciplinary, inter-faculty Institutes of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Network Institute and the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute. The Department has also recently started the Digital Sustainability Center (DISC) which is especially relevant for this position as it can help accelerate collaboration and synergy among research, industrial practice and education in related topics.

The selected candidate will be embedded in the Software and Sustainability (S2) research group. The S2 group conducts research in software engineering and software architecture in general, and specifically on their socio-technical and environmental sustainability. Further information is online at

Your duties The position includes research, education, and management (40%:40%:20%) and involves, amongst others, the following responsibilities:
  • we seek an energetic and synergetic candidate that is eager to shape and lead their own research with a focus on Software Engineering
  • the candidate will participate in the acquisition of both national and international research grants
  • the candidate will supervise Bachelor, Master, and PhD students
  • the candidate will contribute to teaching in our Bachelor and Master programs by a combination of initiating, developing, and planning 2-3 courses within the areas of Software Engineering
  • the candidate will be encouraged and supported to further improve their education/teaching skills
  • the candidate will extend their professional network and share it with the department, thus creating external synergies;
  • the candidate will contribute to management tasks.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


We will base our selection on the following components:
  • A PhD degree in Computer Science, or a closely related field;
  • An international research profile, demonstrated by publications in relevant journals and conferences;
  • Academic teaching experience including experience in the supervision of BSc and MSc theses;
  • Experience in the supervision of PhD students;
  • Experience with attracting research funding;
  • Good interpersonal communication skills;
  • English language proficiency.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On 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 formalized 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 day-care, sport 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.


  • Assistant professor; Associate professor
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 14941


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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