Professor in Secure Software Development

Catholic University of Leuven Department of Computer Science


DistriNet is an international research group with extensive expertise in secure & distributed software. Embedded in the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven, DistriNet brings together a substantial critical mass of +/- 90 researchers, including 12 full-time professors, 10 permanent research staff members, 11 postdoctoral researchers, and about 60 PhD researchers. The conducted research is systems-centric, always application-driven and often performed in close collaboration with industry (e.g. in industrial automation, healthcare, transport & logistics). The know-how of DistriNet formed the basis of multiple spin-off companies ( DistriNet has a solid track record in Secure Software Development, and is looking for new colleagues on several topics in this research domain.


Programming software can be hard, but programming secure software is even harder. At the DistriNet research group, it is our ambition to help developers write better software by providing new and innovative tools that help detect or mitigate common programming vulnerabilities. We seek to expand our team with a PhD student who focuses on a broad range of challenges in the development of secure software. The strategic research will be oriented towards practical platforms in various contexts, such as web and mobile applications, cloud platforms (e.g. PaaS), etc. 
The topic is to be agreed and can include any of the following:
  • Vulnerability discovery, exploitation, mitigation and countermeasures
  • Secure runtimes and code instrumentation 
  • Security testing 
  • Secure programming guidelines 
  • Tooling support for developing secure software (DevSecOps) 
  • Security Metrics

Your research may lead to a PhD trajectory in computer science, but this is not a mandatory objective. 


If you share our strong interest in this topic and if you have
  • a master in computer science or equivalent
  • optionally some industry experience
  • an analytical mind and strong technical skills
  • a team player attitude and the capability to work in an international research team
  • excellent English communication skills, both oral and written

then you might be the researcher we are looking for.


  • a supportive and collaborative team in which you can develop know-how and expertise in state-of-the-art technologies
  • the opportunity to build up research and innovation skills that are essential for a future career in industrial as well as academic research and development environments
  • support in the further development of your competences to analyze strategic research problems and to architect and evaluate innovative solutions with industrial applicability
  • an international and multicultural working environment at the KU Leuven High Tech Campus
  • the foreseen start date is between April 1 and October 1


For more information please contact Mr. Pieter Philippaerts, tel.: +32 16 37 62 49, mail: or Mr. Dimitri Van Landuyt, tel.: +32 16 32 76 50, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than April 30, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: April 30, 2020
  • Tags: Computerwetenschappen
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