The Department of Computer Science of Technische Universität Darmstadt invites applications for the position of

Full Professor (W3) for „Computer Networks and Distributed Systems“

effective as soon as possible.

We are looking for an outstanding scientist who will represent the topic area of networked systems, i.e., computer networks and distributed systems, in research and teaching. Candidates are expected to represent these topics in our undergraduate as well as graduate-level computer science programs. The professorship shall address selected grand challenges in future networked systems such as:

  • software-defined networked systems and network virtualization/network function virtualization
  • low-latency and real-time systems
  • novel paradigms for networked systems (e.g. information-centric/content-centric networks, edge/fog computing) or very large networked systems (e.g. decentralized social networks, internet of things, microservices, functions as a service), distributed operating systems for the cloud
  • systems support and abstractions for high speed I/O and networking, disaggregated hardware, accelerator support for networked systems, systems support for/by AI
  • ubiquitous computing, i.e., intelligent/smart environments as well as their application in, e.g., production, healthcare, critical infrastructures, or digital cities

We expect an outstanding scientific profile documented by research impact. This includes novel approaches (algorithms, protocols, etc.) in the core areas of future networked systems, possibly complemented by documented research excellence in either networked system tool and development support, research in non-functional aspects (predictability, performability, dependability and resiliency, security, anonymity, and privacy), or research in modelling and performance evaluation. Further, a proven track record of successful collaboration in international research teams and with industry is expected.

The professorship shall strengthen the research focus on Networks and distributed systems at the Department of Computer Science as well as the profile area Internet and digitisation at the university level. Collaboration with other core research areas such as cybersecurity, AI & machine learning, data science, or digitisation in engineering is possible and welcome. Participation in the collaborative research centre 1053 Multi-mechanisms adaptation for the future internet (MAKI) is desired.

An excellent doctorate degree, pedagogical and didactic skills as well as appropriate professional experiences (habilitation or habilitation-equivalent achievements) are required. In addition to excellent scientific credentials, a commitment to teaching is important. It is expected that the candidate will contribute to teaching in the bachelor and master’s degree programs of the Department of Computer Science. Participation in academic governance is expected.

TU Darmstadt is an autonomous university with broad excellence in research, an interdisciplinary profile, and clear focus areas in engineering science and information and communication technology. The Department of Computer Science is one of the leaders in research and teaching and regularly ranked within the top German departments.

The position is tenured with a remuneration package commensurate with experience and qualifications, following the German "W-Besoldung" and subject to negotiations between the applicant and the university directorate. The regulations for employment are specified under §§ 61 and 62 HHG (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz).

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female faculty members and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt is certified as a family-friendly university and offers a dual career program.

Please submit applications with the usual attachments, quoting the reference number, to the Chair’s office of the Department of Computer Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Hochschulstr. 10, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany. Email:

For further information please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Hollick. Phone: [+49] (0) 6151 16 25470. Email:

Code No. 659

Published on

November 11, 2019

Application deadline

January 10, 2020