Assistant Professor Methodology and Applied Biostatistics

Assistant Professor Methodology and Applied Biostatistics

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16 Jun 1 Jul Amsterdam

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Job description

This tenure-track position at the Department of Health Sciences involves both teaching and research. More specifically, the candidate is expected to coordinate and deliver high quality teaching in courses on Research Methods, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, mainly in the Bachelor programs for the various life sciences programs within the Faculty of Science. The candidate will also be involved in the supervision of BSc and MSc internships.
Furthermore, the candidate is expected, over time, to write innovative proposals to acquire external funds, thereby establishing a personal research line. This research line should focus on health sciences and should extend or complement one of the research lines within our department.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • a PhD in the field of Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Public Health, Medical Sciences, Psychology, or a closely related field
  • a basic qualification in teaching for Dutch universities ('BKO') or comparable (international) qualification, or willing to acquire this qualification after appointment
  • comfortable with teaching in the Dutch language
  • strong affinity with teaching research methods, epidemiology and biostatistics, with a specific focus on BSc students in life sciences programs
  • a track record of international publications
  • excellent social skills, and be an excellent team builder and collaborator

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 5 years.

A challenging position in a societally 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: Universitair Docent 2/ Assistant Professor 2 is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

We offer a tenure-track position for the duration of 5 years. During this period, performance will be evaluated according to pre-set criteria in terms of research quality, teaching quality, publication record, and acquisition of project funding. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted in the position of Assistant Professor / Universitair Docent 1.

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 more than 11,000 students.

The Department of Health Sciences
The department of Health Sciences is a highly interdisciplinary department that aims to improve and maintain health, and innovate health care inside and outside the Netherlands. We conduct research on how to prevent disease, prolong life and promote health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals. Specific research lines within the department are prevention, nutrition, lifestyle & youth, infectious diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and health technology assessment. Within the Faculty of Science, the department of Health Sciences is responsible for the BSc program Gezondheidswetenschappen, the premaster program Gezondheidswetenschappen and the MSc program Health Sciences


  • Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • €3821—€5230 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 11958


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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