Faculty Position in Chemistry of Biomolecular Systems
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science

Faculty position in Chemistry of Biomolecular Systems

Publication date 29 March 2021

Closing date 1 June 2021

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,746 to €6,940 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-203

The Van ’t Hoff institute for Molecular Sciences invites applications for a MacGillavry-type faculty position in Biomolecular Chemistry, starting at the level of assistant or associate professor. The MacGillavry programme aims to increase the number of female scientific staff in the Faculty of Science. It offers a tenure-track position with the ultimate goal to a full professorship in a top European research university. You can only apply if you are a female applicant.

The new position is funded by the Connecting Science programme of the UvA's Faculty of Science. A major recruitment campaign to attract top talent from all over the world to a large number of newly created faculty positions in a wide range of exciting scientific directions

What are you going to do?

Chemistry of Biomolecular Systems is one of the three overarching research topics of our institute where chemists make and understand bioinspired, biological and prebiotic molecular systems and processes, e.g. using biocatalysts to make highly specific molecules, by developing the models to understand and predict biochemical processes, or by designing bioactive molecules and biomaterials.

For the current position we are looking for a molecular scientist in the broad field of Chemistry of Biomolecular Systems. Examples of fields that fit our institute include - but are not limited to - bio(-inspired) catalysis, biomaterial- and biomolecular design, computational, multiscale modeling, data science and AI approaches for biomolecular systems, biophysical chemistry and proteomics. Potential collaborations are foreseen with the Synthesis & Catalysis groups, and the Computational Chemistry groups at HIMS, as well as with the Life Science institute.

What do we expect?

As faculty member at HIMS we expect you to:

  • be(come) a renowned scientist, resulting in acquisition of (personal) research grants, high impact publications and invited lectures;
  • actively participate in the chemistry related education programmes;
  • increase the visibility and impact of your research by initiating and joining in (inter)national public, private as well as academic research programmes;
  • promote the societal relevance of your research and contribute to outreach activities;
  • contribute to the organisation of the institute, for example by participating in work groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management;
  • become a role model in your field.

You will be selected on your scientific track record and on your vision for future research, as well as on your teaching achievements, qualifications, and vision for future teaching.

We encourage you to apply if you have:

  • a strong background, experience, skills and expertise in Chemistry of Biomolecular Systems research on PhD level, as evidenced by a track record of publications in renowned journals, and contributed and/or invited talks at international conferences/workshops;
  • a good track record in teaching and (co)supervision of BSc, MSc and/or PhD students, appropriate to your career stage;
  • cross-cultural sensitivity;
  • demonstrable organisational talent;

and you are:

  • a team player with good communication skills in English;
  • eager to acquire substantial research grants from external sources;
  • willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years;
  • able to speak Dutch or are motivated to learn to speak it within five years.

Our offer

At the starting level of Assistant Professor we offer you a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week (full time) with a tenure track agreement for the duration of five years (which is part of a six-year temporary contract). Following a positive assessment after five years the appointment will become permanent, at the level of Associate Professor.

We are also happy to consider applications from women with a more senior profile than that of assistant professor. At the starting level of Associate Professor we offer you a temporary contract for two years. A permanent contract subsequently follows if we assess your performance positive.

Furthermore, we offer you:

  • a suitable start-up package for your research programme, e.g. a funded 4-year position for a PhD student;
  • outstanding scientific guidance;
  • a scientific mentor as confidential personal advisor;
  • participation in a personal leadership coaching programme;
  • assistance in job searching for your partner;
  • assistance in enrolment for local childcare facilities;
  • help in finding appropriate housing;
  • a reimbursement package for relocation;
  • adjustment of tenure track in case of pregnancy;
  • a made-to-measure Dutch language course.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €3,746 to €6,940 (scale 11/14) based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. Generous holiday leave arrangements, participation in Dutch pension scheme for university personnel, collective discount on health insurance and excellent parental leave packages The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Prof. Peter Bolhuis, , director of HIMS

About the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Science

The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is located at the vibrant Amsterdam Science Park. HIMS is one of eight institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. With around 140 employees, HIMS carries out internationally high-quality chemical research and provides education within various university programmes.

The core objective of HIMS is to understand and predict the behaviour of molecules in increasingly complex processes and systems. We work on circular and sustainable (catalytic) chemical processes, molecular art conservation, renewable energy, forensic applications and functional materials. To reach these goals, research at HIMS houses four strong sub-disciplines. Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Molecular Photonics and Synthesis & Catalysis that operate all at the forefront of their respective field and together provide a unique synergy for designing, creating, characterizing and understanding molecular systems, to address the aforementioned societal and industrial challenges. The HIMS portfolio reflects a healthy balance between publicly funded curiosity-driven research and application-oriented research with private (co-) funding.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The position is a MacGillavry-type faculty position. The MacGillavry programme aims to increase the number of female scientific staff in the Faculty of Science.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 June 2021. You can apply online by using the link below. 

Please upload the following information in a single PDF file (not zipped):

  • cover letter/letter of motivation (at most 1 page);
  • research statement that includes prospects for collaborations with the four different research themes of HIMS (at most 2 pages);
  • education statement that includes prospects for education at our institute (at most 1 page);
  • curriculum vitae (including publication list - please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • the names and contact details (email and telephone numbers) of two references.


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