Assistant Professor in Security Research (career track position)

Assistant Professor in Security Research (career track position)

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9 Nov 10 Jan Amsterdam

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Job description

The department of Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking for an assistant professor in security research with a focus on practical aspects of computer security. As an assistant professor, you will complement our well-known VUSec Systems Security Group ( in any synergetic area. We value collaboration and we strive to shape the future of the field with high-impact research.

Example areas of interest include (but are not limited to) software/firmware/hardware security, network security, web security, mobile/IoT security, language security, malware analysis, secure/adversarial machine learning, usable security, cyber-physical security, etc. Our hiring philosophy is to hire the best candidate for the position rather than hiring someone in a narrowly defined research area.

Your duties
  • you pursue an active research program
  • you teach introductory and advanced classes at bachelor and master levels (typically 1 Master course and 1 Bachelor course)
  • you supervise undergraduate and graduate students
  • you perform small management tasks within the department.A typical breakdown is 10% management, 20% teaching, and 70% research


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • you have a PhD in a computer science related area
  • you have a strong international research profile, with excellent (international) visibility in the research community. This is for instance evidenced by publications in top venues, real-world impact, prestigious awards/grants, citations, etc.
  • you complement the existing research group in systems security. With your background, the security cluster offers a more complete palette in security research.
  • you have a track record in teaching computer science courses at university level
  • you can motivate and inspire students and colleagues
  • you have good interpersonal communication skills
  • you have English language proficiency

Conditions of employment

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €4,332 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,929 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile of Assistant Professor is based on the university job ranking system (UFO). In order to attract foreign employees, the Netherlands offers a tax incentive known as the 30% ruling and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

This is a career track position; the initial appointment will be for a period of 1.5 years, which will be turned into a tenured position after the initial period, if the performance indicators agreed at the start of the appointment are met.

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 child daycare facilities available on campus,
  • good paid parental leave arrangement


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 31,000 students. We employ over 5,000 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
Working at the Faculty of Science means working together with students, PhD candidates and scientists who are focused on their discipline, yet also have a broad view of the world. We are proud of the collegial working environment within the faculty, which is characterised by an ambitious and pragmatic attitude with commitment to the bigger picture. At the Faculty of Science, scientists and students work on fundamental and complex social issues for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, from genetics to pharmaceuticals and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research cover the full breadth of the natural sciences. Scientific teaching and research is highly experimental, technical, computational and interdisciplinary in nature. This is why we collaborate extensively with leading research institutes and industry. The faculty has over 11,000 students studying across 40 educational programmes and employs over 1,600 staff spread over 10 scientific departments, making us the largest science faculty in the Netherlands.

The Computer Systems section
Since the 1970s, the Computer Systems section at Vrije Universiteit has continuously enjoyed a world-class reputation in 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 instance, it published a large number of research papers at top venues with results that directly impacted the software of all major browser and operating systems vendors, and the microcode in almost all Intel processors. In addition, it graduated a string of highly talented systems security students—winning the Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award, the ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the Roger Needham Ph.D. Award for best Ph.D. in computer systems in Europe no fewer than six times. For more information about VUSec and its research interests, see


  • Assistant professor
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • University graduate
  • 16526


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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