Assistant or Associate Professor in Security and Privacy

Feb 15, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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Are you committed to making computer systems of the future more secure? The Complex Cyber Infrastructure (CCI) group of the University of Amsterdam is looking for an ambitious researcher in the broad area of security and privacy, to further strengthen our research and education in this field. Depending on qualifications and experience, the new colleague will be employed either as Assistant Professor or as Associate Professor.

What are you going to do?

You are expected to take an active role in both research and teaching:

Research: you should complement the existing competencies in our Security by Design research line and, ideally, in the broader Amsterdam security research ecosystem, including research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), by performing cutting-edge research on timely topics in IT security. Potential research topics include: security of software applications, secure programming languages and environments, network security, cloud security, security risk management, security of machine learning, usable security, security of critical infrastructure, security in key application domains (e.g., healthcare, energy, finance), data security and privacy, distributed ledgers. You have publications in top international security venues.

Teaching: you should be able to give courses on both BSc and MSc level in different areas of computer security and, if necessary, also in some other areas of Computer Science. The focus should be on research-based teaching, in particular in the Security and Network Engineering MSc program. Potential courses in which you could teach include the existing Classical Cryptography (BSc) and Offensive Technologies (MSc) courses, as well as a future course on defensive technologies (MSc).

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Conducting independent research in security and privacy, resulting in academic publications in leading international journals and conferences;
  • Actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European;
  • Actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation, in particular in the security community in the Netherlands (e.g., dcypher, ACCSS – ACademic Cyber Security Society) and in the EU (e.g., ECSO – European Cyber Security Organisation);
  • Fostering cooperations with leading and innovative security companies, or security departments of large organizations;
  • Actively contributing to the research activities of the Complex Cyber Infrastructure research group;
  • Developing, coordinating and teaching courses in the Bachelor and Master programmes;
  • Supervising Bachelor and Master theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses;
  • Actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the department;
  • Taking part in committees and working groups and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.

What do you have to offer?

Your experience and profile:

  • Hold a PhD in Computer Science or a related field;
  • Committed researcher, demonstrated by publications in international refereed academic journals and conferences in the fields of security and privacy;
  • A motivational teacher, with an encouraging teaching style;
  • Readiness to participate in interdisciplinary cooperation;
  • Capability to initiate and organise new research by identifying innovative research themes;
  • Professional command of English;
  • Possession of the University Teaching Qualification (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO), or the willingness to obtain it within two years after the start of the employment.

In addition, for an Associate Professor position:

  • Experience in acquiring funding for research projects;
  • High standing in the international research community (evidenced by, e.g., program committee membership or invited talks in leading international security conferences);
  • Experience in supervising PhD research.

A network of connections with relevant researchers and practitioners in the Netherlands or other EU countries is considered an advantage for both positions.

Our offer

The position will be filled at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on qualifications. In both cases, we offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 18 months. The preferred starting date is in the second half of 2023. A permanent contract follows if we assess your performance positive.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, for an Associate Professor ranges between € 5,506 to € 7,362 (scale 13-14). For an Assistant Professor, it ranges between € 3,974 to € 6,181 (scale 11-12). These salaries do not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance the UvA offers. The UFO profile UD or UHD  is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • Multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • Partly paid parental leave;
  • The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • The possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • Help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.

About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The mission of the Informatics Institute (IvI) is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.

The Complex Cyber Infrastructure (CCI) group focuses its research on the complexity of man-made systems on all scales. This scale can be small, like the devices that you carry with you, or the apps they are running, or the communication protocols these apps use to interact. It can be also comprehensive, as in large systems such as data centres or multi-domain networks. The complexity of these systems is caused by the fact that more and more cyber infrastructure – e.g. routers, switches, the cloud – is reprogrammable nowadays. This offers many possibilities, but it also makes the equipment more difficult to operate and less transparent. Further, there is the complexity of mapping in computational terms the data sharing requirements which are defined at societal level, through legislation, organizational policies, private data-sharing agreements, and consents.CCI positions itself primarily in the Systems & Networking and Data Science research themes of the Informatics Institute.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

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Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 15 February 2023.

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your CV should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a detailed CV, including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • a list of publications;
  • information about acquired funds for research projects;
  • an overview of your previous teaching activities, including supervision of student projects;
  • a research and teaching statement;
  • the names and email addresses of two academic references who can provide details about your academic profile in relation to this position (please do not include any reference letters in your application).

Please make sure to provide ALL requested documents mentioned above.You can use the CV field to upload your resume as a separate pdf document. Use the Cover Letter field to upload the other requested documents, including the motivation letter, as one single pdf file.

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews soon after the expiration of the vacancy.