Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in neurogenomics/cellular neuroscience

Do you want to help us to advance the field of neuroscience? Do you want to develop your own research group to help our understanding of the brain and brain disease? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Location: AMSTERDAM
FTE: 0.84 - 1

Job description

Are you a talented and motivated early career scientist with the ambition to apply your expertise to neuroscience and brain disorders? At VU, you will have the opportunity to develop an independent and innovative research program using (human) cell models. Our greater goal is to explore new directions using innovative and state-of-the-art approaches in neuroscience research that contribute to our understanding of brain disease. You will work at the department of Functional Genomics, at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (www.cncr.nl) of Vrije Universiteit and Amsterdam UMC. Your own research program at VU complements, connects to and synergizes with existing research in the department and center. We have significant infrastructure and operating funds available.

Your duties
  • develop an innovative, independent research program, resulting in impactful scientific publications in influential peer-reviewed journals
  • support your research program with external funding
  • supervise graduate students
  • contribute to undergraduate teaching at bachelor and master level
  • contribute to the scientific quality and an inspiring, collaborative atmosphere at the institute

Requirements

We are seeking a candidate with the following qualities and requirements:
  • a completed PhD in molecular/cellular neurobiology or related field
  • at least three years of postdoctoral research experience, outside the institute where you obtained your PhD degree
  • the potential to excel as team leader of an independent research group, demonstrated by a strong publication record and ability to acquire external research funding
  • a strong passion for neuroscience and brain disease
  • a collaborative attitude
  • a proven ability for academic supervision and training of students.
  • you have a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), or are willing to obtain one
  • English language proficiency at CEFR C1/C2 level

What are we offering?

An opportunity to establish your own research group in a stimulating and supportive environment where scientific excellence and team science go hand-in-hand. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11)  and a maximum of €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience.  The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.84-1 FTE (32-38 hours a week).

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, initially for the duration of 5 years. During the tenure-track, the performance will be evaluated in terms of publication record, acquisition of personal grants or equivalent project funding, and teaching. Within an agreed period, tenure may be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment is granted.

The department offers start-up funding to appoint a PhD-student or post-doc dedicated to work with you.

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
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • the possibility to partially work hybrid

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity
We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to more than 11,000 students.

Functional Genomics and CNCR are seeking to promote diversity among our team leaders.
Functional Genomics is a dynamic and collaborative department that currently comprises of 6 male and 2 female team leaders. As it is our explicit ambition to be a diverse and inclusive institute, we particularly invite national and international female scientists to apply. In addition to neuroscientists and cell biologists, we welcome applications from scientists with a complementary scientific background (e.g., bioinformatics,  chemistry, biophysics) that can contribute to our greater research goal and scientific community.

Working environment
The department of Functional Genomics, at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (www.cncr.nl), is part of Vrije Universiteit and Amsterdam UMC. The CNCR is one of the leading neuroscience institutes in Europe, with internationally recognized research programs in synapse biology, human neuroscience and complex trait genetics. In this interinstitutional center you will be surrounded by a broad spectrum of neuroscience experts. This greatly facilitates local collaborations and will give you access to a diversity of international scientific networks to benefit your research group. In addition, you have access to support of dedicated lab technicians and free access to all equipment within the center. Amsterdam is a family friendly city and Vrije Universiteit supports a healthy work-life balance.

Application

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until December 31st, 2022. The following supporting documents are required (please submit as single pdf):

- a cover letter
- curriculum vitae, incl. publication list with first/last author papers separated from collaborative work
- a concise description of your plan for the direction of your research (max 2 A4)
- the names and contact information of three referees

When short-listed for the position, an in-person interview and presentation in the first months of 2023 will be required. Target start date: summer, 2023.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: prof. Matthijs Verhage
Position: Head of the department of Functional Genomics
E-mail: m.verhage@vu.nl

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:
 
Sara Veldhorst 
Position: Relocation Advisor
Email: internationalstaffsupport.soz@vu.nl
Telephone number: + 31 20 5985037

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Job area: Research, Assistant Professor
Educational Level: Postdoc
VU unit: Faculty of Science
Contract type: Temporary with prospects of permanent employment
Maximum FTE: 1
Minimum salary scale: €3,974 (scale 11)
Maximum salary scale: €5,439 (scale 11)
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