Faculty Position in Data Exchange Systems

University of Amsterdam Informatics Institute


Tenure Track position in Data Exchange Systems

Publication date 6 July 2020

Closing date 15 August 2020

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,746 to €6,940 gross per month

Vacancy number 20-392

Organizations increasingly find the need to share data to accomplish common goals no single organization can achieve on its own. However, in absence of trust, organizations are reluctant to share their data. An important element needed to enable such sharing is that holders of data need to be ensured that their data is only used for the purpose for which it is shared but not for any other purpose. Examples of areas where the need of sharing data in- and across sectors is recognized are science, industry, logistics, health, finance, travel & mobility, society, energy and other. Applications of data sharing are AI development, value chain optimization, enabling more sustainable choices, complex operational decision taking, and many more.

What are you going to do?

Learning from concepts as Internet Exchanges we develop generic Data Exchange concepts that facilitate secure and trustworthy data sharing among organizations. Here, organizations create ecosystems where systems are able to digitally manage the exchange of data with contracts expressed in a domain specific language. Both community rules and contractual terms are translated in languages that can be implemented and enforced as policies in the infrastructure. As such constructing data exchange systems to ensure data sovereignty, correct fulfillment of a contract, agreed exchange of value, protection of rights, and more. Such digital enablement can be used as means to reduce risk, allowing trust to emerge within an ecosystem. In this position you will work in close collaboration with several initiatives and (funded) projects stimulating the development of data exchange systems using and pushing newest developments in computer science, in particular in the area of software engineering, domain specific policy language development, cryptography, distributed computing and virtualization.

What do we require?

  • a PhD degree in Computer Science;
  • excellent research skills, evidenced by a track record of publications in renowned international conferences and journals, and contributed and/or invited talks at international conferences/workshops;
  • a strong background, experience and expertise in research in the foundations of security data, virtualization, authorisation, blockchain;
  • proven leadership in secure distributed data processing systems;
  • teaching experience at university level and demonstrable didactic abilities;
  • preferably some experience with the (co-)supervision of BA/BSc, MA/MSc and/or PhD students;
  • (the ability to develop) the management skills required for general academic administration, organisational and coordination tasks;
  • the ability to attract external funding;
  • excellent communication and social skills;
  • good command of English and willingness to learn the Dutch language. 

Our offer

We offer you a tenure-track agreement for five years (which is part of a six-year temporary employment contract). At the start, we will draw up an agreement with you, specifying the tenure-track requirements for research, teaching and management tasks that need to be fulfilled in order to assess progress after three years and after five years. The requirements in this agreement are negotiable and depend on your experience and scientific profile. Following a positive assessment after five years the employment contract will become permanent.

Start dates are negotiable. The positions will be filled at the level of Assistant or Associate professor, depending on qualifications. The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum of €3,746 gross per month up to a maximum of €6,940 gross per month (salary scale 11-14) based on full-time employment.

This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Prof. Leon Gommans
    T: +31 (0)6 1306 7014 

About the Faculty of Science and the Informatics Institute

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The mission of the Informatics Institute is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.

The System and Network Engingeering lab conducts research on leading-edge computer systems of all scales, ranging from global-scale systems and networks to embedded devices. Across these multiple scales our particular interest is on extra-functional properties of computer systems, such as performance, energy consumption, reliability, programmability, productivity, trustability, and security. We investigate applicability in ICT of fundamental new technology such as Quantum Computing and Networking.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Informatics Institute strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 15 August 2020. You can apply online by using the button below.

Applications should include:

    • a letter of motivation (1 page maximum);
    • a curriculum vitae, including list of publications and teaching track record;
    • a research statement (2 pages maximum);
    • a teaching statement (1 page maximum) and
    • a list of three references from different institutes.


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