Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Security / Vulnerability Research

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Security / Vulnerability Research

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8 Mar 13 Apr Amsterdam

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Are you a talented computer scientist with a proven background in the broad area of security and vulnerabilities? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you.

Job description

The department of computer science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking for an assistant professor in systems security with a focus on vulnerability research (e.g., automated security testing, patching, automated root cause analysis, etc.).
Our objective is to complement our existing security groups, VUSec Systems Security,
Foundational and Experimental Security and
Theoretical Computer Science with an expert in any suitable research area.

Example areas of interest include (but are not limited to) computer networks, computer architecture, distributed systems, embedded systems, operating systems, web technology, programming languages, storage, and firmware. Our hiring philosophy is to hire the best person rather than hiring someone in a narrowly defined research area.

We are looking for somebody with an excellent track record in their area of research, as evidenced by publications in top venues, real-world impact, prestigious awards/grants, visibility, citations, or similar.

Your duties

The candidate is expected to
  • pursue an active research program
  • teach introductory and advanced classes at Bachelor and Master levels
  • supervise undergraduate and graduate students
  • perform management tasks within the department
  • complement the existing research group in systems security in a security cluster to offer a more complete palette in security research


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


We are looking for a candidate with
  • a PhD in a computer science related area
  • a strong international research profile
  • a track record in teaching computer science courses at university level
  • an excellent publication track record in systems or systems security in prominent (international) journals or reputable conference proceedings
  • excellent (international) visibility in the research community
  • the ability to motivate and inspire students and colleagues
  • good interpersonal communication skills
  • good 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, Assistant Professor 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
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 14914


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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