Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Multiscale and post-Moore Architectures for Distributed Computer Ecosystems

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Multiscale and post-Moore Architectures for Distributed Computer Ecosystems
  • Doctorate
Are you an excellent and ambitious Computer Science researcher? Is your aim to research novel approaches for distributed computer (eco)systems where multi-scale and post-Moore architectures are paramount? We at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

Do you have a proven track record in Computer Science? Do you aim to advance your research in modern, software-intensive distributed systems and ecosystems, to address the challenges of emerging, post-Moore ICT infrastructure at scale? At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), you can develop further into a high-quality researcher that solves challenging problems in this area. 

We value greatly your ability to initiate, perform, and supervise excellent research. Such research helps understand, improve, design anew, deploy, and analyze experimentally distributed (eco)systems and their applications with high societal impact. Experience with multi-scale and/or post-Moore computer architectures is a plus. If you have a strong experimental focus on performance, (elastic) scalability, and efficiency, we would also like to hear from you. 

Your research addresses contemporary societal challenges. Examples are digitalizing the economy, making ICT infrastructure more efficient and climate-neutral, enabling various emerging applications, building fair and just societies where science is easily accessible. Your research aligns well with the challenges we envision for the field from a national vantage point. We have described this in Future Computer Systems and Networking Research in the Netherlands: A Manifesto ( At the VU, we also value multidisciplinary research and cross-pollination with other fields. Thus, you are welcome to collaborate with the other specializations in our department, including on areas and topics such as bioinformatics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), graph processing, big data in general, and business workloads.

This position also gives you the opportunity to further develop your skills. The department and university offer specialized courses and training. For example, 

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

Your duties
The tenure track position is starting at the level of assistant professor in the areas of research, education, and management (40%, 40%, 20%, respectively). Your duties include:
  • 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 projects in the BSc and MSc tracks and/or the honours programme
    you assist in the supervision of Ph.D. students
  • you contribute to the management of the group or the department
  • you help establish a high-quality and trustworthy international profile for the group and the department


  • you have a PhD in Computer Science, Computer Systems, Software Engineering, or similar area
  • you are able to conduct high-quality research on distributed computing (eco)systems. You have a very good publication track record, and in particular have published in top conferences and journals as the lead-author
  • you have experience with experimental and/or empirical research, preferably on topics relevant to this position
  • you are keen to address contemporary societal challenges and your research aligns well with the challenges in the Manifesto
  • you have teaching and/or student supervision experience at BSc and/or MSc programs level. You have a Dutch Universal Teaching Qualification degree or are willing to take the related courses and acquire it during your tenure track
  • experience in (co-)supervising Ph.D. projects is desirable. Experience with acquiring external research funding, especially as principal investigator (PI), is highly desirable
  • you have good interpersonal communication skills and can work in diverse environments. Also, you have an excellent command of the English language

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 €3,807 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,211 (scale 11, higher end of the scale), depending on your education and experience. The job profile, Assistant Professor 2 is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

This is a tenure track position; the initial appointment will be for a period of 5 (five) years. Based on performance indicators agreed at the start of the appointment, a tenure track position will lead to a tenured position of Assistant Professor 1 (scale 12)  in a period of maximally 5 years. A midterm review will take place about 2.5 years after the starting date. The review and decision for tenure will take place in the fifth year of the appointment.

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)
  • possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave
  • child daycare facilities available on campus

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 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 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 around 6,000 students.

About the embedding of this position in the department
The department of Computer Science has approximately 170 staff members, including 35 tenured staff and approximately 90 Ph.D. students. Much of the research with the department is embedded in the Network Institute of Vrije Universiteit, covering beyond Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence disciplines such as Social Sciences, Humanities, and Economics. The Department also actively participates in Amsterdam Data Science, a collaboration between more than 600 data science researchers from different institutions in Amsterdam. The department has a nationally and internationally visible scientific presence and impact, e.g., in computer systems, software engineering, AI/ML, bioinformatics.

This position fills a vacant role in the Massivizing Computer Systems (MCS) group, which focuses on research in distributed computing systems and ecosystems, and currently spans over 40 diverse people of which 2 staff. The group aims to contribute to solving high-challenge, high-impact scientific and societal challenges, and has much international and national visibility in research and education in computing systems – the group chair, Prof. Iosup, has received prestigious national awards for both research and education, and has been inducted in the (Young) Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Animesh Trivedi has built an international reputation for his work on distributed storage and is involved nationally in efforts to improve diversity in computer science; several young researchers and educators in the team have received prestigious awards.

The MCS group has a central role in organizing the national and international computer systems communities, and has played leading roles in organizing top-tier conferences (e.g., HPDC, ICPE, CCGRID) and journals (e.g., IEEE TPDS). The MCS group publishes in high-quality conferences, journals, and magazines, and has an outsized presence in conducting grand experiments and in releasing FAIR data and software artifacts. The group has long-lasting links with national and international organizations, and plays a leading role in international academic-industrial partnerships, such as the SPEC Research Group and the LDBCouncil. Last, but not least, the MCS group has a sustained and leading presence in developing young talent through individual supervision and embedding in large, cross-disciplinary, international teams.

This position complements existing profiles and needs in the Computer Systems section led by Prof.Dr. Henri Bal. Besides his excellent research group, this section also includes the VUsec research group, which has achieved remarkable results in security research and engineering. The department encourages collaborations with these and other research groups, such as the groups focusing on various data management research and applications, AI and ML, sustainability challenges, theoretical distributed approaches, etc. The department explicitly facilitates inter- and cross-disciplinary research, and expects successful candidates to collaborate with colleagues in other fields of Computer Science, and with colleagues from other disciplines such as those participating in the Network 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 a cover letter motivating your application, your curriculum vitae, 2-4 references that we may contact, research and teaching statements (at most 2 pages for each), and up to five (5) publications that best exemplify the quality and direction on your research. Apply until March 1 2022.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact: Alexandru Iosup, Full Professor
E-mail: CC

Set the subject of your email to include at least "[vu] [job] Assistant Professor in Distributed Computer Ecosystems".

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam or working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Sara Veldhorst
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telephone:  +31 (20) 59 86212

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