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Tenure Track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Software-Intensive Systems (0.8-1.0 FTE) (V24.0152)

Job description

The research area of Software-intensive systems includes any system where software influences the design, construction, deployment, operation and evolution of the system as a whole. This includes systems of systems, mobile applications, embedded systems, product lines, business processes, scientific computations and even whole enterprises, including systems processing huge amounts of data for AI and other data- and compute-intensive applications. The area draws on a wide variety of scientific fields such as software and systems engineering, information systems, theoretical computer science and distributed systems.

Therefore, the expected candidate profile is in the area of Software-Intensive Systems and may fit any or a combination of the following research fields in terms of methodologies and expertise: Software Engineering, Theoretical Computer Science, Information Systems and Distributed Systems. We offer you a full-time position and excellent career opportunities in our faculty’s career system Career Paths in Science and Engineering, including the perspective to get a permanent appointment (tenure) in 1-3 years and become Full Professor in approximately 10 years.

As Assistant Professor, you will:

  • set up and develop your own research line and research group
  • supervise PhD students
  • acquire external funding
  • promote the societal relevance of your research
  • teach in and contribute to the development of the degree programs of the School of Science and Engineering, especially courses with computing science content
  • contribute to the organization of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.

At the stage of Assistant Professor 60% of your time is for research, 30% for teaching activities and 10% for organizational tasks.

For in-depth information regarding this position, including potential embedding in the Bernoulli Institute, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the profile report,

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Groningen is the lively capital of the Northern Netherlands with a high quality of life and affordable living conditions.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, computer science and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded within the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, in the Computer Science Department. The specific research group in which the position will be embedded depends on the profile of the candidate and will be one of: Software Engineering, Fundamental Computing, Information Systems and Distributed Systems. The Bernoulli Institute is one of the leading institutes in Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. It is a vibrant community with an international outlook, that fosters talent in all its research areas and disciplines, and is active in pure and applied science and (multi)disciplinary research and teaching.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

  • a PhD degree in computer science or a related field
  • at least two years of postdoctoral experience, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD (can be compensated for after the appointment via extended research visits abroad)
  • a strong international research network
  • excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences
  • a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
  • demonstrable organizational competences
  • cross-cultural sensitivity
  • good command of spoken and written English.

And you are:

  • a team player with good communication skills
  • able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources
  • willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years
  • able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years.


Conditions of employment

The Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen was the first on the European mainland to introduce a tenure track career policy, 20 years ago, and with significant success. We have attracted great talents that have contributed strongly to the worldwide leading position of our faculty’s ten research institutes. Our career system has helped our staff members to develop highly successful and rewarding academic careers. The latest version of this system, ‘Career Paths in Science and Engineering’, offers:

  • diverse career paths with a focus on research, education or impact
  • dynamic career paths, in which staff members can switch focus in the course of their career
  • the promotion to Assistant Professor level 1, in combination with a permanent contract, already after 1 - 3 years
  • a perspective for promotion to Associate Professor after 5 years, while the assessment for promotion to Full Professor can take place after another 5 years
  • significant freedom for staff members whether and when to apply for promotion.

For more information about Career Paths in Science and Engineering, see: Please consider the career path with a focus on research for the criteria for tenure and for promotion to more senior positions.

As starting conditions, we offer a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from € 4,332 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 6,737 gross per month (salary scale 12, depending on your career stage) for a full-time position as Assistant Professor. Additionally, we offer:

  • a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
  • a pension scheme
  • maternity and parental leave
  • the possibility to work part-time (0.9 FTE or 0.8 FTE)
  • a mentor programme and a broad range of opportunities for personal development
  • dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen:


We invite you to submit a complete application including:

  • a cover letter in which you describe your motivation, qualifications for the position, and potential connections with one (or more) of the Computer Science groups of the Bernoulli Institute mentioned above
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and a list with names of references
  • a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’
  • a statement of your teaching goals and experience
  • a description of your scientific interest and plans.

You may apply for this position until 19 April 11:59pm / before 20 April 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Niels Taatgen, +31 5(0)-36 36435, n.a.taatgen
  • Prof. Dimka Karastoyanova, +31 6 3192 1530, d.karastoyanova

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.