• Amsterdam, Nederland




Are you a talented academic in biochemistry or biophysics with experience in in vitro reconstitution of translation and would you like to work in a multidisciplinary team of professionals in an academic environment? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.



FTE:         0,8 - 1


Job description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( invites applications from researchers in Biochemistry or Biophysics with focus on in vitro reconstitution of translation for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of assistant professor. The successful candidate will join the Physics of Living Systems section within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and be part of the Synthetic Cell consortium BaSyC ( An interest in connecting to modern (single-molecule) biophysics approaches is required. The candidate is expected to develop an independent and externally-funded research program and to foster collaborations nationally and internationally. Responsibilities also include teaching the Medical Natural Science program (an interdisciplinary bachelor and master program at the intersection of Physics, Chemistry and the Medical School) as well as the joint Bachelor and Master programs in Physics. Women and others from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Your duties

  • Develop an independent research program
  • Teach in Bachelor and Master programs
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students
  • Contribute to and write research grant proposals
  • Contribute to administrative tasks in the department



  • Applicants must have a PhD in chemistry, physics or closely-related field
  • Postdoctoral experience with an outstanding record of published research
  • Commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be fluent in English


What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On a full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of 3,637 and a maximum of 5,656 in accordance with salary scale 11-12, depending on your education and experience. The job profile Assistant Professor (Universitair docent) is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.


The initial employment contract will be in effect for a period of five years after which the position will become permanent upon successful evaluation. Alterations to this schedule due to family leave may be arranged. Criteria for tenure evaluation include success in research, funding and education and these details are mutually agreed before the appointment. The appointment is expected to begin by September, 2019. The Collective Labor Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities is applicable. A favorable tax agreement, the 30% ruling, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.


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

  • Maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • Considerable employer?s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
  • Contribution to commuting expenses
  • Optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


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. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science ? from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam?s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.



Diversity is one of our university?s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.


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 around 6,000 students.


About the department

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at VU Amsterdam offers an active and engaged intellectual community composed of researchers from around the world where related efforts include experimental  biophysics (Wuite, Peterman, Heller, Koenderink), systems biophysics (Shimizu), theoretical biophysics (Stephens, ten Wolde), as well as large biology and biochemistry departments. Amsterdam and the Netherlands support a vibrant and world-class biophysics and biochemistry research community and close connections exist to AMOLF ( and the other BaSyC consortium members.



Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter and other specified documents before May 15, 2019.


Vacancy questions

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


Name:                   Wytske Siegersma        

Position:                Relocation Advisor       


Telephone:           +31 (20) 59 85037


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