Assistant Professor in Bioanalytical Chemistry
VU University of Amsterdam Division of BioAnalytical Chemistry

Are you a talented researcher in the field of mass spectrometry and passionate about bioanalytical chemistry? Do you enjoy developing and applying state-of-the-art MS and spectroscopic technologies to solve challenging biomolecular and life-science questions? Please apply at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

For this position, we are looking for a tenure track assistant professor, who is experienced in biomolecular mass spectrometry. The position is embedded within the division of BioAnalytical Chemistry (BAC) and comprises research, teaching and management. The related research is within the framework of bioanalytical sciences applied to the characterization of biomolecular structure and interactions, for example within the field of (glyco)proteomics, glycomics, metabolomics, or other complex biomolecular networks. Your research will include the development and application of advanced analytical techniques, where mass spectrometry, advanced photo dissociation techniques (UVPD, IRMPD), molecular spectroscopy, ion mobility and/or advanced separation techniques are predominating methods to answer your scientific questions.

Your duties

The tenure track position is starting at the level of assistant professor in the areas of research, education and management (40%-40%-20%), and comprises, amongst others, the following responsibilities:

  • Your research should be closely connected to, strengthen or complement the BAC research program, thereby we encourage you to seek collaborations and synergies
  • Acquire and manage research funding, to develop your own research line, and to demonstrate your creative research output by publishing in well-recognized scientific journals
  • (Co-)supervise the research of postdoctoral researchers, PhD candidates, Master’s and Bachelor's students
  • Participate in the educational program by teaching 2-3 courses a year from the BAC portfolio embedded in the department’s BSc and MSc programs
  • Contribute to the division management and departmental activities


The ideal candidate has a background in analytical chemistry or physical chemistry - in particular focusing on mass spectrometry-, and is able to strengthen our research in Analytics of Biomolecular Interactions. Therefore, we are looking for:

  • An enthusiastic and ambitious scientist with a PhD and research profile in analytical sciences, (bio)physical chemistry or other relevant field, with proven expertise to conduct research in the field of biomolecular mass spectrometry
  • A scientist who is able to acquire external funding for his/her research, publishes articles in peer-reviewed journals and is invited for lectures at international conferences
  • An enthusiastic lecturer with demonstrable teaching skills who will participate in our educational programs, and proven experience with supervising BSc, MSc, and (preferably) PhD students. He/she has a basic qualification education (BKO), or is willing to acquire this in the first years of the appointment
  • A scientist with good managerial and communication skills and an open attitude

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,746 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,127 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

This is a tenure track position; the initial appointment will be for a period of five years. Based on performance indicators agreed at the start of the appointment, after a positive evaluation, you will be awarded a permanent, tenured employment in the position of Assistant Professor/Universitair Docent 1 (scale 12). At the latest, in the fifth year of the appointment the tenure decision will be taken. A midterm review will take place 2.5 years after starting date.

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 employmen
  • 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
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • child daycare facilities available on campus

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. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

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 division of BioAnalytical Chemistry

The Division of BioAnalytical Chemistry (BAC) is part of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Faculty of Science, and of AIMMS. The research at BAC focuses on the development and application of novel, multidimensional analytics for the molecular understanding of biological and chemical processes, structure characterization of (glyco)proteins, and the elucidation of biopharmaceutical and drug characteristics. Analytical techniques we use in the group are state-of-the-art (ion mobility) mass spectrometry combined and/or integrated with molecular spectroscopy, highly selective separation techniques, and bioactivity detection. BAC also trains and educates students and young professionals at the highest international level in the area of analytical chemistry. PhD, MSc and BSc students actively and intensively participate in our research programs. We provide analytical courses in several BSc and MSc programs, such as Chemistry (in a joint degree with UvA), Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Discovery and Safety, and Medical Natural Sciences. For research and teaching, BAC strongly collaborates with the analytical-chemistry group of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the Center for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam (CASA).


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter which includes your research plans and teaching vision until April 16, 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: prof.dr. Anouk Rijs
Position: Full Professor of Analytics of Biomolecular Interactions

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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