Assistant Professor Neuroscience Proteomics research team

Assistant Professor Neuroscience Proteomics research team

Published Deadline Location
26 Jun 15 Jul Amsterdam
The Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research ( is seeking an Assistant Professor for their Neuroscience Proteomics research team.

Job description

We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join our dynamic Neuroscience research team as an Assistant Professor. Our lab focuses on cutting-edge mass spectrometry-based proteomics, and we are passionate about advancing our understanding of synaptic function and neuronal plasticity in the context of cognition, dementia, and psychiatric disorders. Previous work of the group has led to new insights in plasticity mechanisms in the brain. Special emphasis has been on mechanisms that modulate synaptic plasticity in relation to adaptive and maladaptive memory formation, storage and retrieval.

  • Research Leadership: Develop your own research line within Neuroproteomics.
  • Supervision: Supervise PhD students and post-docs.
  • Teaching: Participate in the Science faculty teaching program.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


Key Qualifications
  • Expertise: You are an expert in the field of mass spectrometry-based proteomics.
  • Experience and Familiarity: You have several years of experience working with mass spectrometry and proteome analyses, including sample processing and downstream data analysis pipelines.
  • Ambition and Contribution: You are driven to contribute to frontier Neuroscience research.
  • Track Record: Your proven track record includes publishing and grant acquisition in the field of Neuroproteomics.
  • Research Independence: You can formulate your own research questions and design experiments using proteomics approaches.

Advantageous Experience
  • Specialized Fields: Experience in one or more of the following areas is advantageous:
    • Interaction proteomics
    • Identification of posttranslational modifications
    • Crosslinking and/or proximity labeling
    • Spatial proteomics
  • Synaptic Proteome Interest: You have a strong interest in investigating and understanding the synaptic proteome, a key research area within the MCN lab.

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.

We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not meet all the requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:
  • a salary of minimum € 4.332,00 (Scale 11) and maximum € 5.929,00 (Scale 11) gross per month, on a full-time basis. This is based on UFO profile Lecturer / Asisstant Professor 2. The exact salary depends on your education and experience.
  • This is a career track position; the initial appointment will be for a period of 1.5 years, which will be turned into a tenured position after the initial period, if the performance indicators agreed at the start of the appointment are met.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and regulations. Some examples:
  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Faculty of Science
Researchers and students at VU Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science tackle fundamental and complex scientific problems to help pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, and from molecules to the moon: we cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. Our teaching and research have a strong experimentally technical, computational and interdisciplinary nature.

We work on new solutions guided by value-driven, interdisciplinary methodologies. We are committed to research, valorisation and training socially engaged citizens of the world who will make valuable contributions to a sustainable, healthy future.

Are you interested in joining the Faculty of Science? You will join undergraduate students, PhD candidates and researchers at the biggest sciences faculty in the Netherlands. You will combine a professional focus with a broad view of the world. We are proud of our collegial working climate, characterised by committed staff, a pragmatic attitude and engagement in the larger whole. The faculty is home to over 11,000 students enrolled in 40 study programmes. It employs over 1,600 professionals spread across 10 academic departments.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam stands for values-driven education and research. We are open-minded experts with the ability to think freely. - a broader mind. Maintaining an entrepreneurial perspective and concentrating on diversity, significance and humanity, we work on sustainable solutions with social impact. By joining forces, across the boundaries of disciplines, we work towards a better world for people and planet. Together we create a safe and respectful working and study climate, and an inspiring environment for education and research. Learn more about our codes of conduct

We are located on one physical campus, in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas business district, with excellent location and accessibility. Over 6,150 staff work at the VU and over 31,000 students attend academic education.

Diversity is the driving force of the VU. The VU wants to be accessible and receptive to diversity in disciplines, cultures, ideas, nationalities, beliefs, preferences and worldviews. We believe that trust, respect, interest and differences lead to new insights and innovation, to sharpness and clarity, to excellence and a broader understanding.

We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity and internationalisation contribute to the quality of education, research and our services.

Therefore, we are always searching for people whose backgrounds and experience contribute to the diversity of the VU community.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position and do you believe that your experience will contribute to the further development of our university? In that case, we encourage you to submit your application.

Please apply using the apply button no later than 15 July, 2024

Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Engineering
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 4155


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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