ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in Physics: Biophotonics and Medical Imaging

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in Physics: Biophotonics and Medical Imaging

Published Deadline Location
23 May 20 Jul Amsterdam
Are you a talented physicist/AI expert in the field of Biophotonics and Medical Imaging, and looking for a faculty position? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get in contact with you!

Job description

The Department of Physics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) invites applications from researchers in physics or computer science for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of assistant professor or associate professor. The successful candidate will join the Department and will be embedded in the Section Biophotonics and Medical Imaging, which will consist of 6 faculty members. Candidates are expected to develop an independent and externally funded research program and to foster collaborations nationally and internationally. Responsibilities also include teaching at the B.Sc. and M.Sc. levels. Women and others from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Research topic Biophotonics and Medical Imaging
Given the aging population and increasing health care costs, there is an urgent need for more, better, more cost-effective and personalized medical care. Photonics is a key technology that is currently already frequently used in diagnosis and therapy but has an even larger potential because of its relatively low cost, potential for high resolution, throughput, speed and minimal invasiveness. VU physics has a thriving research group in this area, with strong connections to the Amsterdam University Medical Center (Amsterdam UMC) on the same campus. The current focus is on optical coherence tomography, non-linear microscopy, Raman microscopy, in situ imaging using catheters, endomicroscopy, integrated optics and applications thereof in biomedical research and the clinic.

We are looking for excellent candidates with a proven track record in cutting edge science, that ideally have experience with the translation of technology into the clinic. The candidate is expected to set up a new and successful research line in the area of new imaging photonic technologies and/or methods for AI-based image analysis, complementary to our current lines of research.

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


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • Applicants must have a PhD in physics or a closely related field
  • Postdoctoral experience with an outstanding record of published research
  • Commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching

Conditions of employment

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3.821 (scale 11) and a maximum €5.943 (scale 12) (level Assistant Professor) or a minimum gross monthly salary of €5.294 (scale 13) and a maximum €7.079 (scale 14) (level Associate Professor), depending on your education and experience. The job profiles Assistant Professor (Universitair docent) and Associate Professor (Universitair hoofddocent) are based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

An initial employment 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. After tenure is obtained a career track will be offered. The appointment is expected to begin by January 2023, but this can be negotiated. 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:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 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


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 endeavor - 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 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 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 department
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at VU Amsterdam offers an active and engaged intellectual community composed of researchers from around the world. Research is focused on four themes: (i) high-energy and gravitational physics, (ii) quantum metrology and laser applications, (iii) physics of life and health, and (iv) physics of photosynthesis and energy. The department is involved in teaching in the programs Physics and Astronomy (joint degree with the University of Amsterdam), Science Business and Innovation, Medical Natural Sciences/Biomedical Technology and Physics (all three BSc and MSc), and the BSc program in Mechanical Engineering (together with University of Twente). Furthermore, the department has a strong track record in valorization of its research, including translational research to the clinic (often together with the Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc on campus and location AMC), collaborations with industry (e.g. ARCNL), and a thriving startup scene.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? To apply please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including a list of publications, research and teaching statements via the application button until July 20, 2022.. Applications via email will not be processed. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be either added to your application package or to be sent to with "Last Name and Biophotonics and Medical Imaging SEARCH" in the subject line.

Interviews with exceptional candidates may be scheduled before the deadline and we therefore encourage you to apply early.

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

Name: Prof. M.L. Groot
Position: Professor Biophotonics and Medical Imaging

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

No agencies


  • Assistant professor
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €3821—€7079 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 11779


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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Make sure to apply no later than 20 Jul 2022 23:58 (Europe/Amsterdam).