Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Cybersecurity and Privacy – Maastricht University (UM) – Maastricht

Maastricht University (UM)

Are you an exceptional individual with expertise in data protection and privacy law, driven by the ambition to contribute to the ongoing success of the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC)? Then we are looking for you to join our team!

We are looking for an Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Cybersecurity and Privacy within the esteemed European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC). Situated under the Law Faculty, ECPC offers executive education programs closely integrated with applied research on legal issues related to personal data protection and cybersecurity.

ECPC – European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity
The European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC), established under the Law Faculty of Maastricht University, offers executive education programmes closely intertwined with the centre’s research on legal issues related to personal data protection and cybersecurity. A growing number of certified professionals are required to deal with new regulations and on-going developments in the privacy and cybersecurity market. In order to meet this global demand, ECPC offers a complete track of regular practice-oriented DPO training and certification courses, a full diploma track on privacy management, conferences and seminars on emerging issues and challenges. The Advanced Master in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Management prepares the managers of today for the challenges of tomorrow.

To further strengthen and complement the expertise in our team, we are looking for an outstanding assistant/associate professor in the area of cybersecurity. The assistant/associate professor shall be knowledgeable about European cybersecurity policies and legal instruments (e.g., EU Cybersecurity strategy, NIS2 Directive, Cybersecurity Act, Cyber Resilience Act, etc.) and international standards (e.g., ISO 27001, NIST, etc.). Possible focus areas for this position include, but are not limited to AI and cybersecurity; Information Security Management; network security; cryptography, pseudonymisation techniques, data security and data protection by design, security by design, privacy-enhancing technologies, cybersecurity certification. The candidate is required possess substantial knowledge of the indicated matters from technical and legal perspectives.

As an assistant/associate professor, you will teach in the Advanced Master in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Management, coordinate courses and supervise master dissertations.

Key responsibilities

  • Coordinate and teach courses in the Advanced Master programme, related to cybersecurity/privacy focussing also on data governance and regulatory issues surrounding these themes for professionals students (some of them with a non-technical background)
  • Supervise master theses and supervise or assist in supervising PhD’s students
  • Significantly contribute to the performance and further development of the Advanced Master programme as well as other ECPC executive education programmes especially related to cybersecurity governance, and cybersecurity regulation
  • Conduct research in the field of cybersecurity and/or privacy
  • Acquire, coordinate and contribute to applied research projects in the domain of data security & privacy and related areas
  • Contribute to public and policy debates on global data governance and security issues especially pertaining to cybersecurity and privacy broadly
  • Teach in executive training for professionals and develop new training initiatives
  • Embrace a role that offers significant autonomy and fulfilment. We maintain an 80/20 teaching-research balance, fostering a dynamic and enriching environment. Our collaborative team communicates in English, providing you with the opportunity to contribute to research and executive education and inspire the next generation of professionals.

    The ideal candidate fulfils the following main requirements:

  • PhD degree in the field of law or computer and information technology, science and technology studies or a related field; with a thematic specialization in cybersecurity, information security and/or privacy and data protection;
  • Extensive knowledge of the field of cybersecurity and/or privacy or data security with a solid track record of published research on these topics;
  • Experience and excellence in teaching whereby experience in teaching professionals is an asset;
  • Experience with academic supervision (Master/PhD theses);
  • Experience in applied research and a track record of obtaining research funding;
  • A personality characterized by vision, work ethics and collaboration;
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to liaise with people from different organisations, i.e., academia, businesses, international organisations, institutions and governments;
  • Keen to develop new projects and initiatives to support ECPC research, teaching activities and the related community of stakeholders;
  • Excellent command of the English language (spoken & written);
  • Knowledge of Dutch language is an asset;
  • Possesses the University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) or equivalent, or willing to acquire one within three years.
  • What we offer

    As Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Cybersecurity and Privacy at Faculty of Law , you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:

  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded according to the UFO profile ‘universitair docent/assistant professor’ or ‘universitair hoofddocent/associate professor’, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from scale 11 (assistant professor) €4332,00 to scale 13 (associate professor) €7305,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus are applicable. NOTE: The exact terms of employment will depend on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.
  • An employment contract for a period of 18 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon proven suitability, the employment contract will be converted to an indefinite contract.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as ‘acknowledge and appreciate’.
  • The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply.

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