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      December 23,2021
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    Tenure Track Position in Theoretical Computer Science

    Tenure Track Position in Theoretical Computer Science

    Faculteit/Dienst: Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
    Opleidingsniveau: Gepromoveerd
    Functie type: Wetenschappelijk Personeel
    Sluitingsdatum: 7 February 2022
    Vacaturenummer: 7844
    Do you have the ambition to carry out top academic research in Theoretical Computer Science at the Institute for Informatics (IvI)? Do you have a solid background in algorithms and complexity theory and you would like to establish connections to research lines in neighboring disciplines? Are you interested in joining and building a growing community of TCS researchers in Amsterdam? Do you have the drive to teach theoretical computer science in our Bachelor/Master programs?

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is hiring a tenure-track researcher for their theory of computer science group at the Institute for Informatics (IvI). You will be able to hire a PhD student as part of the startup-package.

    You are expected to do world-leading research in theoretical computer science with a preference for research areas that are complementary to the already existing expertise in quantum computing and cryptography. Examples include (classical) algorithms and complexity theory. Interest in collaborating with researchers from theory and other IvI research groups (e.g. in AI, Data Science, Computational Science, Systems & Networking) is considered a plus.

    You will be joining a growing and vibrant team of colleagues in Amsterdam all working in theoretical computer science from various UvA institutes such as IvI, the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), the mathematics institute (KdVI), but also CWI and the VU. See for an overview.

    Applicants looking for a faculty position at the Associate/Full Professor level might also be interested in the current openings in the Theoretical Computer Science Group at the neighbouring Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC ).

    What are you going to do:

    You are expected to:
    • contribute to the development of the Amsterdam theory group through innovative research and develop your own independent research line;
    • acquire independent funding from sources such as the national funding agency NWO (e.g. VIDI), EU funding via H2020 (e.g. ERC starting grant) and possibly industry.
    • (co-)supervise the group’s postdocs, PhD students and MSc students;
    • contribute to strengthening the curriculum in TCS of the Bachelor and Master Computer Science and related programmes; teaching is 30% of the position’s total time;
    • contribute to outreach, both in terms of engaging with (inter)national academic partners as well as possible industrial partners.

    What do we require of you?

    • A PhD degree in (Theoretical) Computer Science, Mathematics or closely related field.
    • A solid publication record in theoretical computer science as demonstrated by international peer reviewed publications at top-tier conferences (FOCS, STOC, CCC, ICALP, SODA, ESA etc.) or in relevant journals.
    • Experience in obtaining research funding in an ambitious environment.
    • Inspirational teaching skills and affinity for teaching and supervision (at the undergraduate and graduate levels), with willingness to acquire a certificate of academic teaching quality (e.g. Dutch BKO) within two years.
    • Ability to promote excellent and innovative research and foster research collaborations (with faculty, postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates).
    • At least two years of postdoctoral experience is expected but not strictly necessary. International research experience is also preferred.

    Our offer
    We offer a temporary employment contract with a tenure track agreement for the duration of five years. You will be offered a permanent position after positive assessment and evaluation. The type of contract is negotiable and depends on experience and scientific profile of the selected candidate. The committee will make an offer pending the vacancy and your experience and track record. The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications.

    The gross monthly salary based on full-time employment (38 hours per week) ranges from €3,821 up to a maximum of €5,943 (salary scale 11/12). 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 profile Assistant Professor is applicable in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

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

    About us

    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 Theory of Computer Science (TCS) group at the Informatics Institute is an integral part of the broader TCS research community in Amsterdam.

    We are based in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known for its historic system of canals, its laid-back cosmopolitan atmosphere, and its excellent connections to the rest of Europe and the world.


    Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

    • Prof. Christian Schaffner

    Job application

    Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 7 February 2022. You can apply online by using the button below.

    Applications in .pdf should include:
    • a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications, and teaching track record;
    • a research statement (two pages maximum);
    • a teaching statement (onepage maximum);
    • a list of three references from different institutes (we will contact them only if we decide to shortlist you).

    Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

    We currently plan to invite potential candidates for interviews between 16 and 23 of March 2022.

    The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize 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.

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