Full/Associate Professor in Security

Research / Academic
The department of computer science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking for a senior group leader (full or associate professor) in security. Our objective is to complement our well-known applied systems security group ( with foundational security research -- in the broadest sense of the word (i.e., theory, usability, programming languages, machine learning, etc., are all in scope) --  to create a world-class security research cluster with multiple pillars. Our hiring philosophy is to hire the best woman or man 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 appropriate metrics such as publications in top venues, real-world impact, prestigious awards/grants, visibility, or citations (or any similar metric). A successful candidate will build her/his own research line in security. Nevertheless, the candidate should be willing to “reach across the aisle” and welcome collaboration with the existing VUSec group and other research groups in the department.   

We strongly encourage women to apply for this position. In the case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to a female candidate.

Your duties
  • You are able to lead a security research group 
  • You  contribute to teaching in our bachelor and master programmes by initiating/developing and planning of 2-3 courses within your area of expertise, as well as in the supervision of bachelor and master projects
  • You are able to formulate proposals for improvement with reference to the educational evaluation of course components and implements them
  • You complement the existing research group in systems security in a security cluster that offers a more complete palette in security research by coordinating and developing new and innovative research projects
  • You are able to take care of managerial and/or administrative tasks that go beyond the department, for example managing an educational committee or coordinating a course or mandated management tasks


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science
  • Excellent publication track record in systems or systems security in prominent (international) journals  or reputable conference proceedings
  • Excellent (international) visibility in the research community
  • Either in possession of, or willing to obtain, a teaching qualification (‘BKO’)
  • Very good/Excellent  teaching skills, witnessed by good teaching evaluations
  • Being able to motivate and inspire students and colleagues
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Good English language proficiency is essential

Salary Benefits:

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €5,294 (scale 14) and a maximum €8,127 (H2), depending on your education and experience. The job profile:of Associate Professor 1 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.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension.

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
  • considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • good child daycare facilities available on campus
  • good paid parental leave arrangement 

Work Hours:

32 - 40 hours per week


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