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Are you passionate about research and teaching, and would you like to work in a multidisciplinary team in the intersection between sustainability and software-intensive systems? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.




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Job description

The research groups on Software and Sustainability (S2 ) and Massivizing Computer Systems (AtLarge ) invite applications for an Assistant Professor position (career track) in the area of sustainability-aware software and systems.

Does your research address the sustainability of software-intensive systems and their applications, or are you interested in investing in sustainability? Then we would especially like to hear from you. We are inquiring how to address the energy/sustainability footprint of software-intensive systems and how to trade-off sustainability and other software quality properties. In this context, we welcome various types of research, including (but not limited to) empirical/experimental research, software/system design, architecture knowledge. By joining our team, your research will contribute to a more sustainable digital society.

Because we want to increase the number of women in our department, we particularly encourage women to apply for this position. In case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to female candidates.

Your duties

The career track position is starting at the level of assistant professor in the areas of research, education and management (40%:40%:20%), and contains among others the following duties:

  • you develop your own research line and profile your research around it
  • you acquire and contribute to externally funded research projects
  • you teach courses in the BSc and MSc Computer Science curriculum and supervise students
  • you assist in the supervision of Ph.D. students and contribute to the management of the group or the department

  • you have a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a similar area
  • you have affinity with, or interest to invest in, sustainability awareness in your research
  • you have experience with, or interest to learn, experimental and empirical research
  • you have a very good publication track record
  • you have good interpersonal communication skills
  • you have teaching and/or student supervision experience at BSc and/or MSc programs level

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile UD2 is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

We offer a Career Track position at the level of Assistant Professor. A career plan to grow from Assistant Professor (profile Universitair Docent 2) to Assistant Professor (profile Universitair Docent 1) will be made and formalised in a Career Track agreement. The initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months. 15 months after the starting date, performance will be evaluated. After a successful evaluation permanent employment will be granted.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • A maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment;
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • Solid pension scheme (ABP);
  • Contribution to commuting expenses;
  • Optional model for designing a personalised bene ts package;
  • Good child day-care facilities available on campus;
  • Good paid parental leave arrangement.

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to more than 11,000 students.

About the department

The department of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading European research and teaching institution with a broad range of academic programs within CS. We currently have 180 faculty members and over 90 PhD students. The research themes (see ) in the Computer Science Department are: Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Computer Systems and Security, Software Engineering and Sustainability, User Centric Data Science, and Theoretical Computer Science.

Much of the research with the department is embedded in two interdisciplinary, inter-faculty Institutes of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Network Institute and the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute. The Department has also recently started the Digital Sustainability Center (DISC) which is especially relevant for this position as it can help accelerate collaboration and synergy among research, industrial practice and education in related topics.

In particular, this position aims to strengthen the collaboration between the Software and Sustainability group and the Massivizing Computer Systems group, in the area of sustainability-aware software and systems. While the selected candidate will bridge the two groups, they will be placed in one or the other depending on their specific profile.

Further, the department explicitly encourages inter- and cross-disciplinary research, and encourages successful candidates to collaborate with colleagues in other fields of Computer Science, as well as with colleagues from other disciplines such as those participating in the Network Institute, the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute and in Amsterdam Data Science.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload in the online application-system your curriculum vitae (mentioning up to 3 references and your top-3 most relevant publications), research and teaching statements, and a cover letter motivating your application until 31 January 2023.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Patricia Lago
Position: Full Professor
Telephone: +31 (20) 59 87782 (secr.)

Name: Alexandru Iosup
Position: Ful Professor
Telephone: +31 (20) 59 87782 (secr.)

Relocation support

If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name: Wytske Siegersma
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telephone: +31 (20) 59 85037

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