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The TU Delft Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) is part of the Software Technology Department, which is one of the Netherlands’ leading institutions for computer science research and academic education. With more than 220 staff, the department is responsible for a large part of the curricula of the BSc and MSc programmes in Computer Science (CS) as well as the Embedded Systems master’s programme. The CS programmes at TU Delft are currently the biggest in the Netherlands, with a yearly intake of around 500 first year BSc students. The department takes its inspiration for research topics from technical ICT challenges in industry and society related to large-scale distributed processing, embedded systems, programming productivity and web-based information analysis.


The Software Engineering Research Group focuses on empirical research conducted in close collaboration with software development practice. Topics of interest include software testing, software architecture, search-based software engineering, software evolution, software analytics, software engineering with AI and for AI, and collaborative and distributed software development. Research is conducted in diverse teams, which work with practitioners and international researchers. We disseminate our findings at top venues and in leading journals in the field. Members of the SERG actively serve on academic bodies, programme committees for relevant conferences and the editorial boards of these journals.

We are looking to strengthen our research group with the appointment of an ambitious, enthusiastic assistant or associate professor, which will be making a significant contribution to the group’s research portfolio. You will be encouraged to develop your own research in a viable and promising subfield of software engineering.


We are looking to strengthen our research portfolio in various areas, including, but not limited to, empirical software engineering, software evolution, software testing, software architecture, requirements engineering, software deployment, software variability, AI for software engineering and software engineering for AI.


Your responsibilities will include the following.

  • Conducting high-impact software engineering research.
  • Supervising PhD students and helping them become top researchers in the field.
  • Teaching BSc and MSc courses on software engineering as part of the TU Delft computer science curriculum.
  • Supervising MSc students in their graduation projects.
  • Acquiring and managing externally funded research projects in software engineering.
  • Collaborating with industry to ensure that the group's research results have a lasting impact in software development practice.
  • Strengthening contacts between the group and industry, as well as other international academic institutions.
  • Taking responsibility for management and committee work within the group, the department and the university.


  • A PhD degree in the broad field of software engineering.
  • A proven track record of research excellence.
  • The ambition to strengthen and expand the research and teaching of the SERG.
  • A team player mentality and inclusive social skills.
  • Good communication in written and spoken English.
  • Experience of teaching at university level preferred.

Conditions of employment

At the start of the tenure-track, you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners.


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: €3491-€5826). The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.


TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.


Challenge. Change. Impact! 


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.


Additional information 

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. dr. Andy Zaidman, email: a.e.zaidman@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 15 27 84385.


Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before October 14, 2021 via the application button and upload the following:

  • An application letter
  • Your CV
  • A research statement
  • A teaching statement
  • A diversity statement

Please list at least two references that we may approach as part of your application procedure.


A pre-employment screening can be part of the application process.