As a PhD Student / Postdoc

There may (or may not) be PhD / Postdoc opportunities available any time of the year. If you are (a) really good, and (b) interested in a PhD / Postdoc in system security, send us an email (please include [VUSeek] in the subject).

 As a Bachelor Student

Apply for a Bachelor’s in Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. VUSec is involved in a number of Bachelor courses (course material on Canvas and more information in the study guide):

  • Computer Networks
  • Operating Systems
  • Secure Programming

See also our page on student projects.

 As a Master Student

Apply for a Master in Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. For VUSec, there are different Master programs to choose from.  The most obvious is the Master program in Computer System Security. The other interesting one is the Andrew S. Tanenbaum Master of Computer Systems Research (also as one of the university’s top Masters).

The Master track in Computer Systems Security at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is unique in the  Netherlands in focusing on system security issues in operating systems, hardware and applications and less on formal methods or the math behind cryptography. For us, it’s systems all the way down.
Our philosophy is that you learn by doing and, moreover, the way to learn most about security solutions is to break them. So, you will learn how to write exploits and how to bypass some of the strongest defenses  commonly deployed.  The courses are extremely challenging and most of them have a very hands-on  character.
Students graduating in the Computer Systems Security specialization have knowledge of:
  • security issues in system-level software including weaknesses and defenses (and how to bypass them);
  • static and dynamic analysis techniques for software (benign and malicious, binary and source) ;
  • research in attacks and defenses;
  • reverse engineering and forensics

VUSec is actively involved in many Master courses (course material on Canvas and more information in the study guide), such as:

  • Binary and Malware Analysis
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Kernel Programming
  • Secure Software

As mentioned, VUSec is actively organizing the following Master programs at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:

Students frequently play a leading role in our research projects.  See also our page on student projects.

Check out some papers with our AST students below.

AST Student Papers


Life after university

In this field, there is pretty much 100% employment rate. On this page, you will find some links to organisations that may help you find the right job for you.