Open Position: W3-Professorship for System Security

A W3-Professorship for System Security is to be filled at the Faculty of Computer Science of Ruhr-Universität Bochum at the earliest possible date.

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Applicants should have an excellent track record in research and teaching in at least one of the following areas:

  • OS and software security
  • Network and distributed systems security
  • Malware analysis
  • Analysis of network and security protocols
  • Security analysis of hardware designs and binaries
  • Machine learning and security. 

We are looking for an experienced scientist with an internationally visible research profile who will complement existing research focus areas and actively participate in the development of the newly founded Faculty for Computer Science. We expect a willingness to cooperate with the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (a research department of Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and a leading role in current and planned projects, especially in the Cluster of Excellence "CASA: Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries". The Max Planck Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy offers additional possibilities for collaboration.

The responsibilities of the future chair holder include participation in teaching in the IT security and computer science study programs. The prerequisites are excellent scientific qualifications, usually proven by a doctorate of outstanding quality, positive evaluation as a junior professor, habilitation or equivalent academic achievement, top international publications, as well as proof of particular suitability for academic teaching. Also required is the willingness to participate in academic self-administration.

Furthermore, we expect: 

  • a high level of commitment to teaching,
  • the willingness to engage in interdisciplinary scientific work,
  • profound leadership experience,
  • the willingness and proven ability to submit significant third-party funded research projects or the willingness to participate in existing research collaborations.​​​​​

At RUB, we are committed to promote the careers of women and people of color in the areas in which they are underrepresented. We therefore encourage and welcome relevant applications as well as those from non-binary or gender-queer applicants. Applications from persons with disabilities or equal status are very welcome. Ruhr-Universität Bochum is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, list of publications, proof of particular suitability for academic teaching, details of research interests, list of own third-party funding), if possible in digital form, should be sent by 10.01.2022 to the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Alexander May, e-mail:

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General note: In case of using gender-assigning attributes we include all those who consider themselves in this gender regardless of their own biological sex.