Professor in Distributed Systems

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Mar 2024

2 Dec 2023
Job Information

KU Leuven
Research Field

Computer science » Other
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

14 Mar 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

38 hours/week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

We are looking for a junior candidate with some years of post-doctoral experience and with demonstrated expertise in distributed systems. This broad area includes foundations, techniques and supporting tools to create systems and software. 
Candidates are expected to have already obtained excellent research results on some topics within this area, including but not limited to:

  • System software at various levels of the software technology stack: from higher-level service layers and middleware, virtualization, operating systems, to hypervisors, microkernels and firmware.
  • Security, availability and fault tolerance of systems and distributed systems.
  • Performance and scalability aspects of systems and distributed systems.
  • Trade-of engineering when combining properties such as performance and security.
  • The application of systems research in various types of contemporary technologies, such as  cyber-physical systems, cloud-based systems and edge computing, the web, mobile environments and applications, wireless systems, Internet-of-Things, critical infrastructures etc.

We are interested in computer systems of all scales, from small embedded mobile devices to data centers and clouds. This  covers all practical aspects related to computer systems, including but not limited to: operating systems; runtime systems; parallel and distributed systems; storage; networking; security and privacy; virtualization; software-hardware interactions; performance evaluation and workload characterization; reliability, availability, and scalability; energy and power management; and bug-finding, tracing, testing analyzing, and troubleshooting.As a faculty member, you develop a research program at an international level in one of these areas. You are expected to publish in this area at the highest scientific level, and to acquire competitive funding and supervise PhD students.


  • You provide high-quality education in computer science and secure systems in the Faculty of Engineering Science and the Faculty of Science, in the master and bachelor programme, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. 
  • You should have evidence of your skills and qualities with respect to teaching at an academic level, or a strong willingness to develop these skills and qualities.
  • You contribute to the faculty’s and the university’s pedagogical project by guiding student projects (for example bachelor’s and master’s theses) and by supervising PhD students.
  • You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s views on activating and researched-based education, and make use of the possibilities for educationa... For more information see

Research Field
Computer science
Education Level
PhD or equivalent



Additional Information
  • We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly focused on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and strives for international excellence. The university actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research. 
  • You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
  • KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching; etc. 
  • To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 110.000 euro is offered to new professors with substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%.
  • As a junior researcher you will be appointed as tenure track assistant professor (“tenure track docent”) for a period of 5 years, starting September 1st 2024. After this period and a positive evaluation, you obtain a tenured position as associate professor.

Eligibility criteria

  • You have a PhD in Computer Science, or an equivalent degree. You have a strong track record in research in the field of distributed system and system software, broadly construed. 
  • You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in leading international journals and conferences. International experience is an important advantage.
  • You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. The ability to immediately take on a wide range of educational tasks is an advantage. 
  • You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership competencies in a university context.
  • A good command of English is required. KU Leuven provides courses in academic English.
  • The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of your employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings. 
  • Before teaching courses in Dutch, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch to the required level.

Selection process

For more information on the contents of the job, please contact:• Prof. dr. ir. Wouter Joosen, chair of DistriNet ([email protected] , +32 16 32 76 53)• Prof. dr. ir. Stefan Vandewalle, chair of the Department of Computer Science ([email protected] , +32 16 32 76 54)For more information on the department and the research group, please check the websites: and

Add to your application the following documents (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site):- your biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your past career and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages);- a file on your five most important publications or realizations;- an extensive cv including a full publication list;- your research plan with focus on the development of your research line and research team in relation with the colleague-researchers of the entity of employment (maximum 3 pages);- your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);- your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to your developed expertise (maximum 1 page);- your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).

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Vlaams Brabant
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