Assistant Professor in Foundational and Experimental Security

VU University of Amsterdam Department of Computer Science


Are you an ambitious researcher at the frontier between security, software engineering and risk analysis? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is the place for you!


FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The department of computer science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking for an assistant professor within the new group on Foundational and Experimental Security -- to create a world-class security research cluster with multiple pillars (AMSec – Amsterdam Security). A successful candidate will set up her/his own research line in the broad area of interest to foundational and experimental security from risk analysis to large scale malware analysis, from secure software engineering to usable security. We seek candidates who have experimented with fundamental solutions and tried to show that they can work in practice (with users, in the field, etc.). We emphasize top research in a stimulating and fun environment, and we encourage our researchers to collaborate with groups both within and outside the department, and across disciplines.

Our philosophy is to hire the best person rather than hiring a person in a narrowly defined research area. Candidates should have a strong track record in their research area, as evidenced by, for instance, publications in high-quality venues, real-world impact like open-source/open-access projects, awards/grants, visibility, citations and ability to work in interdisciplinary groups. We especially encourage female applicants. In the case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to a female candidate.

The tenure track position starts at the level of assistant professor in the areas of research, education and management (40%:40%:20%), and contains the following responsibilities:

Your duties

  • We seek a candidate who is able and eager to shape and lead their own research in collaboration with in- and external scientists 
  • The candidates will be expected, and offered the possibility, to supervise PhD students
  • We seek an energetic candidate  who contributes to teaching in our bachelor/master programs in the form of 2 courses within the candidate’s area of expertise, as well as in the supervision of bachelor/master projects.The candidate will be encouraged to further improving education
  • An important part of the position will be acquiring research funding so we prefer candidates with (some)proven  experience  


  • A PhD degree in Computer Science or a related field
  • A high-quality publication track record in security-related research in conference proceedings or journals
  • Good visibility and engagement in their research community
  • Either in possession of, or willing to obtain, a teaching qualification ('BKO')

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,746 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,127 (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. The position comes with a substantial start-up package including support for innovative PhDs.

This is a tenure track position; the initial appointment will be for a period of five years. Based on performance indicators agreed at the start of the appointment, a tenure track position will lead to a tenured position of UD1 in a period of maximally 5 years. In the fifth year of the appointment the tenure decision will be taken and a midterm review will take place in 2,5 years’ time after the starting date.

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

About 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 endeavour – 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 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 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 around 6,000 students.

About the department, institute, project

Since the 1970s, the Computer Systems section at Vrije Universiteit has continuously enjoyed a world-class reputation in multi-disciplinary research. It produced some of the best- known researchers in the world and is known as the birthplace of MINIX (adopted by Intel for its Management Engine running in every modern x86 processor) and the OWL Semantic web language. Today the department participates to the activities of several multi-disciplinary institutes in cooperation with companies and other universities (the Network Institute, the Center for Business Analytics, the Sustainability Institute, the Data Science institute).


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until January 19, 2021. 

Women first
We would very much like to increase the number of women in the department. Therefore we prefer female candidates. Hence we will start this procedure with only inviting female applicants in the first 4 weeks. If this does not result in a match we will resume the procedure with male applicants. Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Dr. Fabio Massacci
Position: Full Professor
Telephone: +31 (0)20 87746

Relocation support

If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name:Wytske Siegersma
Position:Relocation Advisor
Telephone:  +31 (20) 59 85037

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