Tenure Track Assistant, Associate or Full Professor Theory of Computation


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

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, astronomy, physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, computer science, pharmacy and material science. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and play a crucial role within the Center “Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials” (CogniGron). This is a unique research center, where researchers from materials science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and artificial intelligence work together to create self-learning materials that will perform the tasks that are now assigned to thousands of transistors and complex algorithms. We offer a challenging position in a unique world-class research environment, in which close collaborations between research groups with different expertise are encouraged. The position will be embedded in the Fundamental Computing group of the Bernoulli Institute, with strong interactions with artificial intelligence, mathematics and materials science.

Job description

We seek an outward looking researcher in Computer Science who will perform research on theory of computation, broadly construed, in relation to new (neuromorphic) computing systems and architectures. Research areas in the scope of this position include: fundamental computing paradigms, algorithmic and computational complexity, principles and semantics of programming languages, and program analysis and transformation. Complementary areas and topics include: model checking and automated verification, programming language implementation, program logics, mechanized proofs, design and analysis of algorithms and data structures, quantitative methods for reliability and safety, multi-agent systems, security and privacy.

As 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 computer science and mathematics and participate in the teaching program of specialized courses in relation to theory of computation and other related topics
• 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. At the stage of Associate or full Professor 40% of your time is for research, 40% for teaching activities and 20% for organizational tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:
• a PhD degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or a related field
• at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD, and a relevant international 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
• independently supervised PhD students (associate and full professor)
• received substantial research grants from external sources (associate and full professor)
• demonstrable organizational competences
• cross-cultural sensitivity
• good command of spoken and written English
And you are:
• a clearly visible expert in your field
• an inspiring leader who stimulates his or her group members to get the best out of themselves
• 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

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• as Assistant professor: a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from € 3,637 up to a maximum of € 5,656 gross per month (scale 11 or 12, depending on your career stage) for a full-time position
• as Associate professor: a salary, dependent on qualifications and work experience, from € 5,039 up to a maximum of € 6,738 gross per month (scale 13 or 14) for a full-time position
• as a Full professor: a salary, dependent on qualifications and work experience, from € 5,582 up to a maximum of € 8,127 gross per month (scale H2) for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
• a pension scheme
• maternity and parental leave
• a mentor program and a broad range of opportunities for personal development
• dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen
• a full-time position as Assistant Professor, Associate or Full Professor in our faculty’s tenure track system, please see the University of Groningen Career Paths in Science: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science.pdf
• the possibility to work part-time (0,9 FTE or 0,8 FTE).

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/that-is-why/

As Assistant Professor you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship in approximately 10 years. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 7 years and your performance will be assessed after 5 years. This moment may be extended with at most one year in case of a life event (e.g. prolonged illness or maternity leave). If your assessment is positive, you will get a tenured appointment as an Associate Professor. If you are hired on the level of Associate Professor, your position will be tenured from the onset.

4 to 7 years after being appointed as Associate Professor you will be assessed for promotion to the position of Full Professor. Please consider Career Paths in Science for a complete description of our tenure track system as well as the criteria for promotion: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science-edition-4?lang=en

Job Application

We invite you to submit a complete application including:

• a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
• 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 can submit your application until 5 May 11:59pm / before 6 May 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The selection interviews will take place in the last two weeks of May and the beginning of June 2020.

The University of Groningen is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the NVP Recruitment Code and the European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers from the European Commission.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Beatriz Noheda, Scientific Director CogniGron

Prof. Jos Roerdink, Director Bernoulli Institute

Dr Jasper van der Velde, Scientific Coordinator CogniGron

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220080

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

CogniGron – Cognitive Systems and Materials Center Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and AI Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Digital application form