Joint FNR PEARL Chair in Software Engineering

Ref: 4675

University of Luxembourg & Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology


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Role Managed by:

Dr Sinead Gibney


t: +312 0240 4375


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 04/03/2021

The Role

The successful candidate will be an outstanding internationally recognised researcher in the field of applied computer science/software engineering. The candidate will have a strong track record in establishing and leading collaborative and contract research projects with industry and businesses. In addition to scientific standing, priority will be given to candidate with experience in collaborative and contract research with industry and public sector partners.

The candidate will have a proven scientific track record in a relevant sub-domain of software engineering; software design and development, data-intensive systems, trusted critical systems, software product lines, distributed architectures, security & privacy, model-based approaches, resilient software architectures. The candidate will be internationally recognised with experience building teams and acquiring competitive and industrial research funding. The candidate will be familiar with research with industry, with the exploitation of the research and technology, leading to innovation or industrialisation. 

The Chair will be supported by the PEARL programme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) which aims at recruiting outstanding scientists in strategically important areas to develop and strengthen Luxembourg’s national research priorities. The Chair will enjoy a start-up package for five years with a financial contribution of approximately €4 million excluding overheads.

The beneficiary will have an appointment with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg and with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) enforcing the links between both institutions.

The mission is to:

  • support academic, research, and engineering staff to promote career development and the nurturing of talent;
  • build and lead a joint group on trusted critical systems at SnT (research) and LIST (innovation and industrialisation);
  • lead and develop excellent research, innovation and impact at national and international levels;
  • undertake and publish high-quality research cognisant of relevant metrics for international reputation and scholarly merit;
  • establish systematic and structured approach to knowledge transfer through contract research exploiting research platform;
  • generate research income through applications to major funding bodies;
  • develop good relationships both internally and external stakeholders;
  • take responsibility for all aspects of the research strategy, operations and management, including: the delivery of agreed research strategy, objectives, metrics and accomplishments;
  • drive the continued creation of economic value and impact from excellent research outputs and contributing to the exploitation of the research and technology to the benefit of the Luxembourgish economy.

Requirements for a successful candidate are:

  • a PhD in computer science or software engineering;
  • an international reputation for excellence in research demonstrated through an outstanding publication record:
  • an established record of attracting external funding, such as ERC grants or equivalent, and engagement in knowledge-transfer activities such as with industry;
  • a track record in collaborative and contract research projects working with the private sector;
  • a broad and relevant international network;
  • strong motivational skills to drive the research agenda within SnT and LIST;
  • a confirmed record of accomplishment in leadership and management and experience in building collaborations among disciplines;
  • ability to represent and promote the institutions to public authorities, private organisations, stakeholders and collaborating partners both nationally and on the global-stage;
  • excellent communicative, collaborative and organisational skills;
  • good management skills: she/he will be active, decisive, transparent, charismatic and a good communicator;
  • The University of Luxembourg is set in a multilingual context. The person hired on this position must be proficient in English and either French or German. The University encourages its staff to learn the other language and provides access to language courses to this end.

Please apply in English by sending your CV, motivation letter, list of publications, list of research projects and a list of taught courses. 

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.

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