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Assistant Professor in Security

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Twente, part of the Faculty EEMCS, is embedded in the ICT research Institute (CTIT). The department excels in the integration of ICT in its physical environment and in a human context. In cyber-physical systems, we study the seamless integration of software, networks and hardware devices. In human-centered computing, we study the effortless interaction of ICT with individuals and organizations. Obviously, in both areas, security and privacy concerns are dominant. We seek to enforce and complement our strengths in security research and education. Current strengths in security include cryptographic engineering and protocol design, network intrusion detection, privacy-enhancing technologies, and biometrics. Key application domains of interest are connected and autonomous systems, which can be found in, for instance, the critical infrastructure underlying energy grids, industrial control systems, intelligent transportation systems, future smart cities or the Internet of Things. Naturally, the strong physical and human components in our research require collaboration with other disciplines, both in engineering and social sciences, to successfully tackle domain-specific security challenges.

Job description

We are seeking applications from excellent candidates in Computer Science, with a convincing research and education track record that enforce and complement our strengths. Applicants should have a strong expertise in Systems Security, broadly conceived, in any one or more of the following areas:

  • Operating systems security and/or hardware security;
  • Distributed systems security and/or cloud computing security;
  • Mobile systems security and/or web security.

Research: We are looking for an enthusiastic independent researcher who can identify relevant research questions in the area of Systems Security, plan and execute theoretical as well as experimental research and publish the findings in renowned conferences (ACM CCS, NDSS, USENIX Security, …) and journals (ACM TOPS, IEEE TDSC, IEEE TIFS, …). The ideal candidate has some practical experience with attacking and protecting real-world systems as well as with the setup of testbeds. Experience with project acquisition is an advantage.

The university provides a stimulating research environment, and excellent research facilities, including an advanced computing lab, a data center, and a multi-disciplinary DesignLab.

Teaching: The job includes lecturing in our English-taught Bachelor and Master curricula. The Bachelor includes a security line on OS and Software Security. For the Master, we expect the development and lecturing of an advanced Master course in Systems Security, aligned with selected research activities in the domain. The candidate is expected to supervise Bachelor and Master students in the area of security. He or she will actively participate in the 3TU.CyberSecurity master (see and in the EIT.Digital master programme on Security & Privacy (see

The university provides training on teaching, leading to the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ).

Your profile

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field
  • Demonstrated excellence as a high-potential in research and teaching in IT security:
    • Excellent publication record in the area of Systems Security
    • Very good teaching and coaching skills (BSc, MSc, and/or PhD students)
  • Ability to articulate a coherent research agenda and to attract funding to support such research
  • Strong interest and shown ability to collaborate in an academic, multidisciplinary environment with engineering and social scientists, and to build and maintain a network for international experience.

The successful candidate will be positioned in the Chair Services, Cyber Security and Safety. For more information about the chair, please visit For more information about the department, please visit The department is embedded into the ICT research center CTIT; please visit for more information.

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Prof. Dr. Roel Wieringa, chairman of Services, Cyber Security and Safety (, +31 (0)53 489 4189), or to Dr. Andreas Peter, in the same group (, +31 (0)53 489 2918).

Please send your application by using the application link below before 6 August 2016.

Your application should include a letter of motivation (including a short research and education statement), a detailed curriculum vitae, a list of publications and three references (including at least one international reference).

Our offer

We offer a challenging full-time position in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. The successful candidate will be employed for the duration of 3 years as an Assistant Professor at the chair of Services, Cyber Security, and Safety (SCS) within the Computer Science Department at the University of Twente. The salary, depending on your experience and qualifications, will range from € 3.400,-- to € 4.654,-- gross per month, based upon the job profile of Assistant Professor, level 2 (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive employment conditions (for example 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus), excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.


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