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The Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), is looking for an Assistant Professor in the field of Advanced


Computer Systems and Security (0.8-1.0 FTE).

The rapid evolution and expansion of Computer Science and the increasing integration with other disciplines create new challenges in developing efficient and secure computer systems. In this respect, the Systems and Security cluster at LIACS is working to devise the computers of tomorrow that will be the backbone of the next generation supercomputers, Cloud and Edge computing paradigms as well as the Internet of Things. Our research covers but is not limited to the following topics: high performance and efficient computing systems, networks and storage, as well as embedded and real-time computing systems, and the necessary (cyber) security methods and techniques to protect such systems.


The complexity of modern and future computer systems makes their design, analysis, programming, and optimization for non-functional system properties (performance, power/energy consumptions, reliability, safety, security, robustness, cost, etc.) extremely challenging. This is because such systems will integrate more and more processing components, typically heterogeneous, in a distributed context via complex interconnects, and possibly also resulting in sophisticated systems-of-systems. Moreover, the underlying system architectures will be more adaptive to exploit workload or environmental dynamism and to provide dynamic quality-of-service trade-offs. Examples of such complex computing infrastructures are emerging in the domains of the edge-to-cloud compute continuum and cyber-physical systems.


The candidate will be embedded in the System and Security cluster, and it is expected to work well in our culture of cross-group collaboration, develop connections inside and outside our institute, with other stakeholders inside and outside Leiden University. This position at LIACS has a good balance between teaching and research, giving the candidate time to write research proposals and further develop their research lines and their career. Social values of LIACS are fun, inclusivity, openness, and teamwork. The level of the position will be commensurate with the candidate's level of experience.



  • Conducting independent research in your field;
  • Teaching relevant courses (BSc and MSc). In particular, the selected applicant is expected to teach the Bachelor course “Essentials of Computer Systems” covering fundamentals of computer systems and networks.
  • Willing to get the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) within 2 years;
  • Supervising BSc and MSc students;
  • (Co-)supervising PhD students;
  • Securing external funding for research;
  • Engaging in committees and organizing activities in your research group/cluster, the institute, and in the relevant initiatives in Leiden and The Netherlands;
  • Good to excellent proficiency in English;
  • Willing to start before the end of August 2024.

Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in Computer Science or Computer/Electrical Engineering;

  • Proven independence in doing research at the postdoc level or beyond;

  • Good publication record and experience in raising research funds;

  • Proven track record in teaching;

  • Able to work independently, in a team, and in a student (co-)supervisory role;

  • An academic, creative, and open mindset;

  • Good to excellent proficiency in English is required;

  • Fit to the Systems and Security cluster (check the cluster profile at as demonstrated by the research statement.

Research at our Faculty/Institute
The Leiden Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline.


The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.


The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Institute of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. We offer courses at the Bachelor and Master of Science level in the core areas of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, and Data Science, and in the interdisciplinary areas of ICT in Business, Media Technology and Creative Science, and Bioinformatics. We are a highly international place to do research, and we strive for excellence in a caring institute, where excellence, fun, and inclusiveness go hand in hand. We offer a clear and inviting career path to young and talented scientists with the ambition to grow


Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time position initially for one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the research and personal compatibility, the appointment can be extended further to a permanent one. The salary ranges, depending on qualifications and experience, from € 4.332,- to € 5.929,- gross per month (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training, and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions.


Diversity and inclusivity

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community that enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High-quality teaching and research are inclusive.


Inquiries can be made to Prof.dr. Nele Mentens, email:
If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact


Please submit online your application no later than March 8, 2024 via the blue button in our application system. Please ensure that you attach the following additional documents, quoting the vacancy number:A short cover letter (1 page) detailing your motivation to apply for the position,

  • A brief description of your research plan, showing the embedding within with the Systems and Security cluster,
  • A brief description of your teaching experience,
  • A full CV including a list of publications, eventual grant acquisition and community services, and a link to your Google Scholar page,
  • Links to key publications and Ph.D. thesis when appropriate,
  • The names and addresses of at least two persons that can be contacted for reference (who have agreed to be contacted).