Professor of Software and Systems Security

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (DIKU) invites applications for a professorship in software and systems security.

The department is a vibrant and expanding research environment (https://di.ku.dk/english/research/) at the University of Copenhagen, with a variety of collaboration opportunities across different areas of computer science and other fields of research.

Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record in the general area of software and systems security. All outstanding applicants within the general area will be considered, but research areas of special interest include:

  • Language-based security (e.g., secure programming languages, side channels and information flow analysis, secure compilation, software safety and security). 
  • System-level security (e.g., virtualization, secure operating systems, resilience and hardening of legacy code, security at the hardware/software interface). 
  • Privacy (e.g., privacy-enhancing software development, differential privacy). 
  • Cryptographic protocols (e.g., formal methods for protocol development, security of cryptographic primitives).

The university of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe. Within computer science, it is ranked number 1 in the European Union (post Brexit) by Shanghai Ranking.

The department offers a friendly and thriving international research and working environment with opportunities to build up internationally competitive research groups. Working conditions at the University of Copenhagen support a healthy work-life balance and Copenhagen is a family friendly capital city.

The department values interdisciplinary research and teaching and is actively involved in several cross-faculty research projects and educational programmes. Thus, the successful candidate must be capable of and interested in facilitating cross-disciplinary interactions both within the Computer Science Department and across the university. The candidate is expected to engage in interdisciplinary teaching, including courses for students with a non-technical background, e.g., health sciences.

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training program for assistant professors is required. It is preferred that the applicant has a wide-range of research-based teaching experience on all levels of the university education.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the research field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/.

Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section, Professor Jakob Grue Simonsen (simonsen@di.ku.dk; cell phone +45 3532 1439) and Head of Department, Professor Mads Nielsen (madsn@di.ku.dk; cell phone +45 2460 0599).

The position is open from 1st  January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Commencing salary is currently DKK 631.596 including annual supplement (+ pension DKK 108.003)

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research statement  – description of research including plans for the future. This should include a short description of 5 selected papers
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list including links to author’s page with DBLP and Google Scholar
  • Separate reprints of the 5 above selected papers


The deadline for applications is Sunday 2 August 2020, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 18 November 2020.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0049/20-2K.

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.