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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Software Engineering

Job description

The vacancy concerns an assistant professor in Software Engineering at the Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (JBI) of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMNS). The position will be embedded in the Software Engineering group (Prof. Paris Avgeriou). The vacancy is positioned broadly within Software Engineering, though emphasis is given on software requirements and software design and architecture. Of particular relevance are empirical research methods and new trends such as security, software analytics, systems of systems, big data in software, and autonomous or self-managing software. These trends are also central in the recently established cross-disciplinary research theme on Data Science and Systems Complexity (DSSC) within the FMNS. The assistant professor is expected to establish an autonomous research programme within the JBI. In such a programme the interaction with other disciplines within the Institute, with the DSSC theme of the FMNS, and with the University as a whole will play an important role.


You will need to have the following qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. degree in the field of Computer Science, Information Systems, or related discipline;
  • Two years of postdoctoral experience abroad (industrial experience can partly compensate for this requirement);
  • Excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and renowned conferences, and a relevant international network;
  • Teaching and organizational experience appropriate to career stage;
  • Evidence of successful acquisition of external funding appropriate to career stage;
  • Being a team player with good communication skills.


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is offering young, talented researchers, tenure track assistant professor positions. These staff members are expected to develop their own line of research within a particular field. The faculty’s career policy is characterised by flexible personnel management with a focus on the individual. Academic achievements are seen as being central to the academic career, and ample opportunities for professional development and supplementary training and education are offered. Arrangements for training in the area of teaching will be made with all new employees. In exceptional cases when candidates with higher qualifications will be available, these candidates may be embedded according to the faculty policy. The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum of 6 years according to the document "Career Paths in the Sciences" ( of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. On completion of 5 years of employment there will be an assessment of performance based on established criteria including research and teaching qualifications. If the outcome of the assessment is positive, the assistant professor will be promoted to the rank of adjunct (associate) professor with tenure and ius promovendi. At the end of a further 4 -7 year period there will be another assessment aimed at a promotion to full professor.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen can offer a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience from € 3,324.- gross per month up to a maximum of € 5,171.- gross per month (scale 11/12) for a full-time position.


Interested candidates should submit a complete application composed of: (i) a letter of motivation, (ii) a complete curriculum vitae, (iii) a list of publications, (iv) a list of five self-selected "best papers", (v) a statement about teaching goals and experience, as well as (vi) a brief description of scientific interests and research plans of maximum 3 pages. Applicants must provide the names of five people as references, complete with title, address and contact information (i.e., phone number and e-mail address).

You may apply for this position until March 1, 2016 by means of the application form (click on "Apply" on this page


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Paris Avgeriou, Head of the Software Engineering group, +31 50 3637057,,
  • Prof. J.B.T.M. Roerdink, Chairman of the board of the Johann Bernoulli Institute, +31 50 36339 31,

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