Associate or Full Professor Chemical Biology [closes 05 Apr 2020]

Страна: Нидерланды;

Город: Amsterdam

Добавлена: 01.03.2020

Работодатель: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Тип: PostDoc vacancy;

Для кого: For lecturers;

Дедлайн подачи: 05.04.2020


The chair of Chemical Biology is established to further strengthen links between chemistry-based research, computational approaches and cellular biology of the Department of Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPS). The chair will develop and apply novel and improved biochemical and cell-based approaches to identify targeted bioactive molecules with implications e.g. in the fields of oncology, inflammation, neuroscience and the microbiome. In addition, the chair will play a key role in educational programmes such as Pharmaceutical Sciences, the VU/UvA joint BSc degree of “Chemistry” and the MSc programme “Drug Discovery and Safety”. Research focus is on:
(I) Biologically encoded molecule libraries (e.g. peptide, antibody (Fab, scFv, VHH/ nanobodies) based on for example ribosome display, phage display, bacterial/yeast display or DNA encodes libraries,
(II) Biochemical methods for the selective modification of biomolecules (e.g. incorporation of non-natural amino acids, biorthogonal reactions) for cellular investigations and/or therapeutic applications.
The successful candidate will introduce innovative biochemical methodologies to the VU, to promote multi-disciplinary research collaborations between chemical and biological disciplines.

Your duties

  • to play a leading role in the research program of the department of the department of CPS
  • to play a central role in shaping and teaching the education portfolio of the division as embedded in the BSc and MSc programmes of CPS
  • to acquire and manage national and international research grants
  • to engage and manage research projects and collaborations with academic, industrial and governmental partners
  • to demonstrate a continuous and creative output publishing in well-respected journals
  • to perform managerial tasks for the department of CPS
  • to play an active role in local, national and international research platforms


  • candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree and demonstrate a strong track record in the field of interest including well-cited publications in top-10 peer reviewed journals of the field and/or relevant experience gained from research within industry or the public sector
  • candidate must have a proven ability and/or potency to attract external grants in order to finance research
  • candidate must demonstrate strong capabilities of leadership, management, collaboration, innovation and valorisation
  • candidate is expected to be an inspiring teacher with a track record in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching programmes
  • candidate must have experience with supervising, motivating and coaching of Ph.D. and MSc students, postdocs, and technicians
  • candidate must have a basic qualification in teaching ('BKO') or willingness to attain this within two years after this appointment
  • english fluency is expected and where appropriate, the candidate should be  are willing to speak the Dutch language

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 5294.- and a maximum of € 6738,- in accordance with salary scale UHD1, or a minimum gross monthly salary of € 5582.- and a maximum of € 8127,- in accordance with salary scale H2, depending on your experience and qualifications. The job profile (associate- or  full professor) is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1.0 FTE.

If you apply for the full professor position the initial employment contract will be for a period of 1 year, but after a positive evaluation and proven suitability, a permanent contract will be given.

Promising candidates who do yet not meet all mentioned requirements, can and should still apply. Such a candidate, if successful, will be initially appointed as Associate Professor in a tenure track construction for max. 5 years after which, on condition of adequate progress and performance, she/he will be promoted to the rank of Full Professor.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • child daycare facilities available on campus
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