Assistant Professor Theoretical Biophysics (Tenure Track)

Assistant Professor Theoretical Biophysics (Tenure Track)

VU University Amsterdam (VU)

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Are you a talented or a more experienced academic in theoretical biophysics?
Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you. Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Job description
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( invites applications from researchers in all areas of theoretical biophysics for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of assistant professor. The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent and externally-funded research program and to foster collaborations within Amsterdam’s academic institutions as well as nationally and internationally. Responsibilities also include teaching within the Department of Physics at the VU Amsterdam and in the joint Bachelor and Master programs in Physics and Astronomy offered with the University of Amsterdam. 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 physics or closely-related field
  • Postdoctoral experience with an outstanding record of published research
  • Commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching

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 € 3,545 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 1.0 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.

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 programs 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 theoretical biophysics (Stephens, ten Wolde), systems biophysics (Shimizu), single-molecule biophysics (Wuite, Peterman), as well as biological material science and biophysical instrumentation development. Amsterdam and the Netherlands support a vibrant and world-class biophysics research environment and close connections exist to AMOLF ( and the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Amsterdam (

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.

Are you interested in this position? To apply please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae including a list of publications, research and teaching statements to with “Last Name and THEORETICAL BIOPHYSICS SEARCH” in the subject line. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the same address.
The deadline for receipt of these materials is March 1st, 2019 and questions can be directed to:

Name: Greg Stephens
Position: Associate Professor of Physics

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

Name: Wytske Siegersma
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telephone: +31 (20) 59 85037

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