Two Tenure Track positions in experimental/theoretical physics of Quantum Materials
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Two Tenure Track positions in experimental/theoretical physics of Quantum Materials

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Working at the UvA

Two Tenure Track positions in experimental/theoretical physics of Quantum Materials

Publication date 21 August 2019

Closing date 15 October 2019

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,637 to €6,738 gross per month

Vacancy number 19-544

The UvA’s Faculty of Science is launching a major recruitment campaign called ‘Connecting Science’ in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Our ambition is 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. We offer a stimulating environment and excellent conditions for research, tightly connected to challenging educational programmes.


We are looking for ambitious and motivated scientists to connect different scientific disciplines. Our goal is to have a maximal impact on science and society.


What are you going to do?

Two positions are available within the broad theme of Quantum Matter. These positions will boost materials physics research in Amsterdam, complementing the strong existing programmes in both theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics with a more application-oriented approach. The profiles of these positions reflect the broad range of research interests in the Amsterdam Quantum Matter ecosystem, aiming to link to ongoing local programmes (including both research groups at UvA and partners such as ARCNL, QuSoft, and AMOLF), as well as to national stakeholders within existing NWO and NWA-Materials consortia.The application-minded focus on materials design of these positions will contribute to the materials theme throughout the Amsterdam BSc and MSc curricula.


Quantum Materials (theory)

The theory position aims to augment existing efforts in Condensed Matter Theory with expertise in ab-initio or related numerical techniques. Possible focus areas include strongly correlated systems, low-dimensional materials, and links between materials research and quantum information science.


Quantum Materials (experiment)

The experimental position aims to augment existing efforts in single-crystalline quantum materials, thin films, and quantum dot materials, with expertise in applications-oriented materials development. Interest in developing collaborations with industrial partners is a key part of this profile. Possible focus areas include, but are not limited to, 2D materials, materials for energy conversion/storage, and materials of relevance to nanolithography using EUV technologies. You will benefit from access to existing experimental facilities, including solid state synthesis, crystal growth and materials characterization, as well as from the close proximity to research groups using a wide range of advanced spectroscopic tools.


What do we require?

  • A relevant PhD degree in theoretical or experimental physics;
  • excellent research skills, evidenced by a track record of publications in renowned international conferences and journals, and contributed and/or invited talks at international conferences/workshops;
  • teaching experience at university level and demonstrable didactic abilities;
  • preferably experience with the (co-)supervision of BSc, MSc and/or PhD students;
  • (the ability to develop) the management skills required for general academic administration, organisational and coordination tasks;
  • the ability to attract external funding;
  • excellent communication and social skills;
  • good command of English and willingness to learn the Dutch language.

International research experience is preferred as is a highly collaborative and enthusiastic approach.


Our offer
We offer you a tenure-track agreement for five years (which is part of a six-year temporary appointment). At the start, we will draw up an agreement with you, specifying the tenure-track requirements for research, teaching and management tasks that need to be fulfilled in order to assess progress after three years and after five years. The requirements in this agreement are negotiable and depend on your experience and scientific profile. Following a positive assessment after five years the appointment will become permanent.


Start dates are negotiable. The positions will be filled at the level of Assistant or Associate professor, depending on qualifications. The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum of €3.637 gross per month up to a maximum of €6.738 gross per month (salary scale 11-14) based on full-time employment.


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.. 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 these vacancies? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

dr Jasper van Wezel
T: +31 (0)20 525 5746

About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.


About the Institute of Physics

The mission of the Institute of Physics (IoP) is to carry out excellent research in the field of experimental and theoretical physics, to provide inspiring teaching within the physics and other curricula and to transfer our knowledge of and enthusiasm for physics to society. The IoP has over 50 faculty and 180 researchers in total. The combination with the NWO Institutes at Amsterdam Science Park constitutes the largest physics hub in the Netherlands and is an international centre of excellence.


Research at IoP is organized in three research divisions: the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics (WZI), the Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA) and the Institute for High-Energy Physics (IHEF), the latter embedded within Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics. The experimental position will be based within WZI, which performs research in the areas of Hard Condensed Matter, Soft Matter, and Quantum Gases & Quantum Information. The theoretical position is based within ITFA, which focuses on research in the (partly overlapping) themes Soft Condensed Matter, Quantum Condensed Matter, String Theory, Theoretical Particle Physics, Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology, Mathematical Physics, and History of Physics.


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 Institute of Physics strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for these positions.


You may send in your application no later than 15 October 2019 using the button below. Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:

  • a letter of motivation (1 page maximum);
  • a curriculum vitae, including list of publications and teaching track record;
  • a research statement (2 pages maximum);
  • a teaching statement (1 page maximum);
  • a list of three references from different institutes.

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