Assistant Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (Tenure Track 1.0 FTE)

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 31 Oct 2022

Assistant Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (Tenure Track 1.0 FTE)
Assistant Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (Tenure Track 1.0 FTE)
Published Deadline Location
today 31 Oct Utrecht

Are you an expert in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology? Join us to start your own lab in an international and supportive environment!
Job description

The division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics within the Department of Biology is seeking a creative and collaborative neurobiologist to complement and strengthen its research and teaching activities. You will be challenged to set up your own independent group and develop strong research links with the other research groups within the division, as well as with the Department of Translational Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Utrecht.
You will develop an independent, innovative research programme aimed to discover molecular and cellular mechanisms related to the development, function or plasticity of the nervous system. You, as our ideal candidate, have an excellent track record in neurobiology, combining cutting-edge microscopy with molecular and cell biology approaches. For your research, you will have full access to the state-of-the art imaging facilities in our department.
You will be encouraged to actively seek funding for new research projects through personal, national, European and other international grant opportunities and supervise the research of Postdoctoral researchers, PhD candidates, Master’s students, and Bachelor's students. Furthermore, you have the ambition to actively participate in teaching activities at Bachelor's and Master's levels, especially with respect to strengthening teaching of neurobiology.

  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
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You are a neuroscientist (PhD) with a strong track record in molecular and cellular neurobiology. As an enthusiastic and creative educator you are able to strengthen Utrecht University’s curriculum in Neurobiology. You fully support Utrecht University’s aim for equality, diversity, and inclusion. Next to we would like you to bring:

  • interest in applying advanced imaging and quantitative approaches to your research;
  • an open attitude to collaboration with fellow staff members, especially within the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity and the Department of Translational Neuroscience at the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU).

We will ask you to acquire a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) if you do not already have one.

Conditions of employment
  • A full-time tenure track position for five years (1.0 FTE) that will be subject to a mid-term evaluation after approximately 2.5 years and an end-term evaluation after 4.5 years. If evaluations are positive after five years, the position becomes permanent.
  • A full-time gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranging between €3,974 and €5,439 per month (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao)).
  • An 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

Part of this position is that you can appoint a PhD candidate (a fully funded 4 year PhD position).
The Division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics is dedicated to provide you with necessary support during the tenure track period, including full access to the Biology Imaging Center, up-to-date biochemical and cell culture equipment, technical support with image processing and analysis, and appropriate training and mentorship.
In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.
More information about working at the Faculty of Science .


Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our informal atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.
At the Faculty of Science , there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. 
The Department of Biology consists of 12 research groups, which are organised within two institutes: the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB) and the Institute of Environmental Biology (IEB). The department of Biology coordinates the teaching of the Bachelor’s programme in Biology, as well as the Master’s programmes and PhD courses that are offered through the Graduate School of Life Sciences . Each Institute promotes the maintenance of a high-quality and interactive research environment.
The research division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics  has the mission to acquire novel insights into the structure and function of cells and to decipher the cellular basis for human diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders. To achieve this goal, we combine the latest methods in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and microscopy. We are interested in the mechanisms underlying cytoskeletal dynamics, membrane transport and signalling pathways that underlie cell proliferation and differentiation, neuronal development and synaptic plasticity. We investigate cellular processes at a broad range of levels, from single molecules and protein networks to cells, tissues, and whole organisms. The main research topics within the division are cellular organisation and dynamics, molecular neuroscience, biophysics, synaptic physiology, molecular oncology and molecular targeted therapies. The division also encompasses the Utrecht Nanobody Facility  , the Cellular Engineering Facility   and the Biology Imaging Center (BIC) , an expert center for advanced light microscopy that houses a large number of advanced microscopy setups.

Additional information

If you have any questions that you’d like us to answer, please contact: 

  • dr. Harold Mac Gillavry ( )
  • Prof. dr. Lukas Kapitein ( )

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to .

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