The Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK) is a research university with a focus on engineering and natural sciences and an international profile. In the field of basic research, it is particularly active in seven collaborative research centres (CRCs) and transregio-CRCs. Important subject areas of application-oriented research are dealt with in close cooperation with the ten research institutes in the vicinity. The TUK is a campus university characterised by short distances and cooperative partnership among all its members.

In the framework of the Programme for the Promotion of Early Career Researchers by the German Federal and State Governments the position of tenure track professor

W2 Professorship with W3 tenure for secure distributed and networked systems

at the TUK in the Department of Computer Science as soon as possible.

We are looking for a candidate who is highly qualified in research in the area of secure distributed and networked systems, although we especially welcome candidates with experience in the following areas:

  • secure (cryptographic) protocols
  • protective mechanisms, e.g. firewalls or IDS
  • formal and experimental threat analysis
  • security of the physical layer, in particular for wireless networks

in modern applications e.g.

  • Internet of things
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Critical infrastructures, e.g. Smart Grid or GPS
  • Cloud/Edge/Fog computing

The professor is expected to complement existing research in system oriented computer science at the university in the areas of focus. In addition to outstanding academic qualifications, the candidate is expected to have experience in the acquisition and carrying out of third-party funded projects and in relevant lectures of distributed and networked systems.
Further criteria for the choice of applicant are cooperation opportunities with other professorships in the Department of Computer Science and the computer science related research institutes in Kaiserslautern.

We expect candidates to have excellent didactic skills and teaching experience and to use these skills with commitment during computer science courses in the bachelor and master programs. Lectures in the bachelor courses are usually taught in German whereas courses in the master programs are generally taught in English.

Kaiserslautern is one of the largest computer science locations in Germany. The department with over 20 chairs combines foundations in education with excellence in application and regularly ranks among the top universities in German rankings. More information about the Department of Computer Science can be found at

Research institutes associated with the department e.g. the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM), the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) offer unique opportunities for cooperation in computer science research throughout the whole of Germany.

The professorship will be initially filled as a W2 position in temporary civil servant status for a period of six years. An interim evaluation will take place in the third year. A tenure evaluation will be carried out at the end of the six year term. After this has been successfully completed and as long as the general employment law requirements are met, the professor will be appointed on the basis of a life-long civil servant position with salary grade W3. The process is stipulated in the statute about quality assurance in the case of appointments at the TUK.

The State of Rhineland-Palatinate and the TUK represent a support concept in which a high attendance of the professors at the university is expected.

Besides the general staff regulations, the appointment requirements stipulated in § 49 of the University Act of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate apply. The text is available in German on the TUK homepage (

The advertisement is aimed at early career scientists at a respective stage in their careers. The TUK strives to promote an increase in the representation of women in research and teaching, and thus emphatically invites qualified female academics to apply. Applicants with disabilities will receive preferential treatment in the event of equal suitability (please enclose evidence to the application). The TUK is a family-friendly university; it values the diversity of its members and enables equality of opportunity for all. Applications by scientists from abroad are particularly welcome.

Applications together with supporting documents in German or English (CV, academic background, list of publications, a summary of third-party funds acquired, copies of reports and certificates and a copy of the five most important publications should be sent by latest 15 April 2018to the below address:

Dean of the Department of Computer Science
University of Kaiserslautern
PO Box 3049
67653 Kaiserslautern

Please also send your application as a PDF file along with a completed candidate data sheet to A more extensive classification of the professorship at TUK can also be found here. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jens Schmitt (

Further Information

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Placement and perspective of the advertised W2-Professorship
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