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Full professor Security by Design

The Informatics Institute (IvI) is recruiting an established and internationally recognized scholar at the level of full professor in the area of Security by …

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Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 5334 - € 7766 per maand


The Informatics Institute (IvI) is recruiting an established and internationally recognized scholar at the level of full professor in the area of Security by Design.

As our reliance on ICT infrastructures increases, so do concerns about their security. The growing complexity and connectivity of ICT systems, ranging from large-scale cloud systems to small embedded devices as part of the Internet of Things, attract the worldwide attention of an increasingly large number of attackers. The same holds for data being processed with such systems. Data travels through virtualized environments between systems and this brings new security and integrity challenges to be addressed. This makes the security aspect more important than ever during the design and implementation of those ICT systems. The new chair in the area of ‘Security by Design’ will provide an excellent addition to the existing rich research portfolio of the Informatics Institute (IvI). The focus of this chair should be on the design and creation of secure ICT systems, with possible research topics such as Identity, Privacy and Trust Management, Web Security, Network Security, Secure Data Management, and/or Secure Software Design and Engineering.

The chair will contribute significantly to novel theories, methodologies, algorithms and tools for designing and developing secure ICT systems and/or securely managing the data exchanged by these systems.

The chair will form a new group in the Systems and Networking Lab of the Informatics Institute. To this end, an investment for an additional tenure-track position (assistant professor) to strengthen the new group is also foreseen. The Systems and Networking Lab currently consists of three research groups: Complex Cyber Infrastructure (Prof. Cees de Laat), Multi Scale Networking (DrPaola Grosso), and Parallel Computing Systems (Dr Andy Pimentel). The lab conducts research on leading-edge computer systems of all scales, ranging from global-scale systems and networks to embedded devices. Across these multiple scales the lab’s particular interest is on extra-functional properties of computer systems, such as performance, energy consumption, programmability, productivity, security, trust, sustainability and, last but not least, the societal impact of emerging systems-related technologies.

In terms of teaching responsabilities, the chair will contribute to IvI’s programs in Informatics (BSc), Security & Network Engineering (MSc), and/or Software Engineering (MSc). Both of these MSc programs have consistently received the ‘Top Program’ designation over the years, implying that they are ranked among the best MSc programs nationwide.


The chair in Security by Design has:

  • a PhD in computer science or a related discipline;
  • proven ability to engage in cutting-edge research in the design and creation of secure ICT systems;
  • demonstrated to be a creative and inspiring scientist with excellent managerial qualities and leadership capabilities;
  • documented excellence in research through publications in top international conferences and journals;
  • the capability to initiate and organise new research by identifying innovative research themes;
  • a strong track record in the acquisition of funded research;
  • contacts necessary to initiate national and international partnerships, and is part of an international network;
  • experience in valorisation of research;
  • commitment to stimulating and supervising PhD research;
  • willingness and ability to perform administrative, organisational and managerial tasks;
  • proven teaching skills, preferably with a certificate of academic teaching quality (Dutch BKO or equivalent), have excellent didactic qualities and affinity with the content of the Bachelors and Master programs in the domain of computer science, security & network engineering, and/or software engineering;
  • commitment to stimulating and supervising PhD research;
  • willingness and ability to perform administrative, organisational and managerial tasks.


The position will be filled at the level of Full professor. We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university, a permanent tenured appointment and an attractive package of fringe benefits, for instance: generous leave arrangements, application for attractive fiscal arrangements are possible for employees from abroad, attractive retirement benefits, collective health insurance and excellent parental leave packages.

The salary is in accordance with the salary scales for professors at Dutch universities, scale H2 (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) ranging from €5,334 to €7,766 gross per month before tax based on a full-time appointment, depending on expertise and previous experience. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year allowance.

Additional information

For further information, questions and/or comments please contact:

You may also suggest names of qualified candidates to Prof. T. Gevers.

You may only submit your application by electronic mail. Please combine all the documents in one single attachment and send this to:

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter and a statement summarizing your motivation (max 1 page);
  • your previous research accomplishments and your future research goals (max 2 pages);
  • your teaching statement (max 2 pages);
  • a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications, a list of your best three papers;
  • the names and contact coordinates (email and telephone numbers) of three references.

Include the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

To enable us to process your application immediately, please quote '18-151 Chair in Security by Design' in the subject-line.

Do not send your application to Prof. Gevers directly, it will get lost!

The closing date for applications is 24 April 2018.