Professor of Implementation of Privacy Regulation

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 strong track record within the domain of Privacy Engineering, with close interdisciplinary ties to the Faculty of Law. To strengthen our Privacy Engineering team, we are now looking for a new colleague to join us on the topics highlighted below.


Software-intensive systems are increasingly subject to regulation and constraints imposed by society to guard fundamental rights and minimise the potential harm imposed by large scale data processing and analytics. For example, the GDPR imposes a number of non-trivial requirements on data controllers and data processors that systematically process personal data. Not all of these constraints can efficiently be dealt with during the phases of system design and implementation, and in practice, rigid interpretations of the imposed Data Protection by Design principles fall short in systems that make run-time decisions. As such, the need emerges to operationalize some of these constraints and enforce them in run-time systems, e.g. to check whether or not a data exchange across organizational boundaries is in line with the legal basis for which the personal data was originally obtained (purpose compatibility), to continuously assess the risk to harm data subject rights based on system metrics, or to allow data subject to finetune who can access and use their personal data and for which purposes, etc.
The topic of your research project is to be further refined and can include any of the following:
  • Self-adaptive systems
  • Run-time enforcement mechanisms, such as policies 
  • Implementation and evaluation of run-time privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) and platforms 
  • Providing dynamic assurances and guarantees  
  • Privacy dashboards and privacy metrics 
  • Tools and methods for development and deployment of privacy-aware systems (DevPrivOps)
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 research 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. Dimitri Van Landuyt, tel.: +32 16 32 76 50, mail: or Mr. Pieter Philippaerts, tel.: +32 16 37 62 49, 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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