Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Hardware-Software Co-design 1 FTE


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 of FSE. Specifically, the candidate will be a member of the basic unit Software Engineering or Computer Architecture (depending on the candidate’s profile). Both units belong to the Computer Science department, which has strong collaborations with artificial intelligence, engineering and mathematics. The profile of the institute centers around modeling, computation, and cognition with a focus on science and technology, keeping a balanced mix of fundamental and applied aspects. The institute participates in the FSE research theme Data Science and Systems Complexity (DSSC) and the Center on Cognitive Systems and Materials (CogniGron).

Job description

We are looking for an Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on the profile (see The University of Groningen Career Paths in Science: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science-edition-4?lang=en) in software engineering, computer architecture or their combination. This includes, for instance, the engineering of Software-intensive Systems, Embedded Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems, Cloud/Fog/Edge Computing, Energy-Efficient Computing Systems, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. Candidates working in both theoretical areas (e.g., design, synthesis, verification and analysis) and applied areas (e.g., empirical work on industrial or open-source systems, including human aspects, novel computer systems applications and data-intensive systems) are all encouraged to apply.

As an Assistant/Associate 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 bachelor and master programmes of Computer Science, and be actively involved in the development of new courses related to your research area
• contribute to the organisation 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 organisational tasks. At the stage of Associate Professor, 40% of your time is for research, 40% for teaching activities and 20% for organisational tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

• a PhD degree in Software Engineering or Computer Architecture 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 professor)
• received substantial research grants from external sources (associate professor)
• demonstrable organisational 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

Contract length: 84 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities a full-time position as an Assistant or Associate Professor in our faculty’s tenure track system Career Paths in Science and:

• 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
• 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
• holiday allowance and year-end 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: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/that-is-why/

As an 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:

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.

Please send your application by clicking on "Apply" below the advertisement on the website of the university. The deadline for applications for this position is 23.59h CET on 1 July 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. P. Avgeriou, head of the Software Engineering group

Prof. G. Gaydadjiev, head of the Computer Architecture group

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220139

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

Profile report in which the position is described in more detail More information about the research institute More information about the employment conditions of the University of Groningen Career Paths in Science

Digital application form