Assistant Professor (Career Track) in neurogenomics/cellular neuroscience

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 14 Jul 2023

9 Jun 2023
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Cultural studies
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

14 Jul 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer 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 ( ) 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

Specific 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

Additional Information

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 are offering this position as a career track. The employment contract will initially be for a period of 18 months as a tenure track. After 15 months your performance will be evaluated in terms of quality of teaching, research and collaboration. After a successful evaluation, you will receive permanent employment and a path for your further academic development will be established through the career track agreement.

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

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter up and until July 14th, 2023. 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, you will be invited for an in-person interview and presentation in the last quarter of 2023 Target start date: end of 2023, beginning of 2024.

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

Relocation support

If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Sara Veldhorst
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telephone number: + 31 20 5985037

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
De Boelelaan 1105

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De Boelelaan 1105
Postal Code

1081 HV

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