Full Professor Cyber security

Full Professor Cyber security

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24 May 5 Jul Heerlen

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Job description

The department of Computer Science is looking for a full professor Cyber security (1,0 fte).


  • The candidate will be asked to provide a further interpretation of the chair based on her/his expertise and added value as part of the selection process.
  • Showing leadership in research ensuring coherence within and between various activities and projects at the Department, whilst exploring and initiating connections with the other chairs in the Department and with other departments of the OU.
  • Contributing and expanding the research line on security & privacy, fitting with the OU Research Programmes.
  • Developing new research findings which are important for cyber security, for instance by supervising a healthy number of Ph.D. students.
  • Having and maintaining a strong publication record in refereed journals.
  • Attracting new research funding (EU, science foundations, internal funds) and research opportunities.
  • Embedding the research expertise in the curriculum of the bachelor and master programmes, for instance in the form of new courses on current and relevant topics, and exploring opportunities for dedicated programmes on cyber security.
  • Guiding students in their MSc. graduation research.
  • Addressing practitioner and stakeholder audiences through professional and popular publications and through public lectures.
  • Playing an active role in the societal debate on cyber security.
  • Liaising with civil society, governments and research institutions concerning issues with regard to cyber security and its consequences.
  • Representation of the department of Computer Science, the faculty of Science, and the OU within and outside the institution.
  • Management tasks on behalf of the faculty/department. The successful candidate will be expected to take on leading roles in the Department or Faculty (e.g. Department Head, Program leader, Research coordinator, etc.).


The Open Universiteit (OU)


Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A strong academic profile in cyber security, as demonstrated by an excellent publication record in high-profile venues on security and privacy, successfully completed PhD project supervisions, and proven ability to attract external funding.
  • A Ph.D.- degree in the field of Computer Science, or similar fields.
  • Proven management skills, with a willingness to take on leading roles in the Department.
  • A willingness to contribute to the research programmes of the OU.
  • An established record of successful (interdisciplinary) collaboration and an existing (international) network.
  • Excellent teaching skills, as demonstrated by positive course and/or program evaluations in previous functions.
  • Experience with the development of new academic teaching programmes in the field of cyber security.
  • An ability to connect with researchers from different disciplines and inspire them to work in joint projects.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience in (or willingness to get acquainted with) online teaching.
  • A command of the Dutch language or willingness to learn it.
  • In possession of the Basic qualification for academic teaching (BKO) from a Dutch university, an equivalent teaching qualification, or a willingness to obtain it.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months with permanent perspective.

The successful candidate will get a permanent contract with a probationary period of 18 months. The salary will be determined on the basis of experience and qualifications but will be in accordance with the general salary scale H2 of the CAO-NU. An indication of the maximum gross salary is € 8.881,-  per month, for a full-time appointment.

The Open Universiteit provides good secondary benefits such as training, mobility, part-time employment, hybrid work and paid parental leave.

Station: Heerlen. We expect the candidate to be present in Heerlen for an average of
2 days a week.


Open Universiteit

Flexible studying anywhere in the Netherlands and (Belgium) Flanders
The Open Universiteit is the part-time university in the Netherlands. Students follow personalised and activating academic distance education and disciplinary research is carried out within the various fields of science. Students can complete bachelor and master programmes, but also shorter programmes. The characteristics of education are openness, flexibility and quality (see www.ou.nl/rankings). The Open Universiteit has over 17,000 students and more than 750 employees. The OU has branches in the Netherlands and Belgium (see www.ou.nl/studiecentra). The main office is located in Heerlen.

The latest technologies and educational insights are applied both in the bachelor's and master's programmes and courses and in projects and programmes with partners. Nationally and internationally, the OU plays an important role in the innovation of higher education. Education is interwoven with research, which also ensures that the current state of science is incorporated. The Open Universiteit invests not only in disciplinary research in nine scientific fields, but also in research in a multidisciplinary programme: Innovating for resilience.


Faculty of Science

The faculty of Science is one of the six faculties of the Open Universiteit. Education, research and valorisation are the main tasks. The faculty offers academic bachelor and master programmes in the fields of Computer Science, Information Science, and Environmental Sciences, including a recently developed Artificial Intelligence master programme (started February 2022). The faculty’s research programme focuses on Innovating for Resilience. . The faculty has Ph.D.-students who conduct research on various current topics within the research programme. As a result of the interdisciplinary focus on education and research, as well as the close link with practice, work at our faculty provides many innovative and challenging opportunities for entrepreneurial researchers.

Department of Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science at the OU of the Netherlands is an ambitious and enthusiastic group of approximately 40 people (33 fte) focussing on software quality, security and privacy issues, artificial intelligence, and educational and learning technology. The group contributes to these challenges through excellent research and online teaching programmes, covering a large diversity of topics, e.g. automated software testing, cyber security, privacy-aware technologies, deep learning applications in industry, intelligent tutoring systems, and e-health applications. The new chair of Cyber security resides within the Computer Science group and will steer the subgroup of researchers and teachers working on topics related to Cyber security.

The online academic educational programmes of this Department have received the highest accolades in the country in this domain for years.


  • Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • Doctorate
  • FAC/BW/23069


The Open Universiteit (OU)

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