6 MacGillavry Fellowships (Tenure track position for talented female researchers)

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 04 Feb 2019

Faculty of Science
Publication date
17 December 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€50,755 and €78,935 gross per year
Closing date
4 February 2019
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA)  attaches great importance to the contribution of female scientists in research and education. For this reason we are offering:

6 MacGillavry Fellowships  (Tenure track position for talented female researchers)

The MacGillavry Fellowship is directed at talented women. You are strongly encouraged to apply if you have a strong track record in one of the Faculty’s scientific disciplines and at the same time have the potential and ambition to obtain a leadership position as professor at the University of Amsterdam.  

University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam is a university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located in the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world centre for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. We are a member of the League of European Research Universities.

Working with us means working in an inspiring, challenging, creative and international environment, with an open atmosphere and close ties to the city and society.

The Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science, located at the inspiring Amsterdam Science Park, has a leading position internationally in its fields of research and participates in a large number of collaborative programmes with other universities, research institutes and businesses.  The Faculty has a student body of around 7,000 and 1,600 members of staff, spread over eight research institutes and several Faculty-wide support services. A considerable part of our research is made possible by external funding from Dutch and international organisations as well as the private sector. We offer eleven Bachelor's degree programmes and nineteen Master’s degree programmes in the fields of the exact sciences, informatics and life and earth sciences.

The research institutes of the Faculty of Science are:

  • Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy;
  • Informatics Institute;
  • Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics;
  • Institute for Logic, Language and Computation;
  • Institute of Physics;
  • Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics;
  • Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences;
  • Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences.

The following fields in the MacGillavry programme are eligible for applications: 

  • Astronomy: Exoplanets and Planet formation, Stars and Stellar populations;
  • Informatics: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Information Retrieval, Data Science, Computational Science, Systems and Security, Health Informatics;
  • Biodiversity & Earth Science: Ecosystem & Landscape Dynamics, Evolutionary and Population Biology, Theoretical and Computational Ecology, Freshwater & Marine Ecology;
  • Physics: a wide range of research areas in Physics, for example within Theoretical Physics (in particular Quantum many-body-theory and Quantum simulations), or within Experimental particle or Astroparticle Physics;
  • Mathematics: Statistics, Statistical data science, Discrete mathematics, Quantum information theory, Post-quantum cryptography, Geometry, Number theory, Representation theory;
  • Life Sciences: System biology approaches in Host microbe interactions; Fundamental biological aspects of mental health and
  • Chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Molecular Photonics, Sustainable Chemistry.

The MacGillavry Fellowship

Each MacGillavry Fellow will initially be appointed as an assistant professor on a temporary contract for six years. During this period you are expected to set up your own independent research programme hosted by one of the Faculty’s research institutes. You are expected to publish in high-profile journals, attract your own external funding and contribute to the teaching programmes within the Faculty of Science. We offer mentoring and courses to help you meet the requirements. Key performance indicators in both research and education will be monitored and will serve as input for a transparent evaluation process, which will lead to a decision as regards tenure. Assuming your tenure track is successful, you will be offered a permanent staff position as an associate professor. A subsequent personal career path towards a full professorship can be mutually agreed upon.

We are also happy to consider applications from women with a more senior profile than that of assistant professor. In that case, reduction in the length of the tenure track and/or entry at associate professor level are possibilities that can be tailor-made.

We offer:

  • a suitable start-up package for your research programme, e.g. a funded PhD student (content of the package is dependent on research field and research institute);
  • outstanding scientific guidance;
  • frequent monitoring of progress by a mentor;
  • reduced teaching load during start-up phase;
  • possibilities for a flexible work schedule including working from home;
  • assistance in job searching for your partner;
  • assistance in enrolment for local child care facilities;
  • help in finding appropriate housing;
  • reimbursement package for relocation;
  • adjustment of tenure track in case of pregnancy;
  • made-to-measure Dutch language course.

General employment conditions:

  • Annual salary range for an assistant professor, including annual holiday allowance and bonus is between € 50,755 and € 78,935 (before tax), depending on experience and past performance;
  • generous holiday leave arrangements;
  • application for attractive fiscal arrangements (the ‘30% rule’) are possible for employees from abroad;
  • participation in Dutch pension scheme for university personnel;
  • collective discount on health insurance;
  • excellent parental leave packages.

You are strongly encouraged to apply if you have: 

  • a PhD degree in one of the scientific disciplines of our Faculty;
  • a scientific profile that links to one of the research fields eligible for application;
  • a publication record in international, high quality, peer reviewed journals;
  • a few years of postdoctoral experience, preferably at international level;
  • affinity for teaching at undergraduate and graduate level;
  • well-developed organisational and communication skills.

Further information

More information can be found at the:


To apply for the MacGillavry Fellowship you are invited to use the application form on the MacGillavry website of the Faculty of Science.

 The deadline for all applications is 4 February 2019. #LI-DNP

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