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25 Oct 30 Nov Amsterdam

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Are you passionate about mathematical research and education?
Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you.

Job description

We seek a new colleague who is passionate about doing scientific research and about education. The department is looking for candidates with a proven expertise in an area of mathematics that is related to business, like discrete or stochastic optimization, data analytics, operations research, applied probability, statistics, data mining or machine learning. The appointed researcher is expected to develop her/his own research line in this area. The position of Assistant Professor is initially a tenure track position of 5 years. An evaluation after 4 years, based on transparent tailored criteria, will result in the tenure decision. The starting date is as soon as possible.
Women are especially encouraged to apply.
Your duties
The candidate will be expected to
• develop a research line in the area of mathematics for business
• interact with and complement existing research activities in- and outside the department
• contribute to the further development of the Amsterdam Center for Business Analytics
• contribute to the general educational programs of the department, at both the undergraduate and graduate level; this includes the supervision of bachelor and master theses, and internships
• show academic leadership nationally and internationally
• participate in everyday departmental activities and tasks, including writing grant proposals


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


The successful candidate must have a PhD in mathematics or a related area, with a few years of Postdoctoral experience. The candidate should
• have a proven track record of original research contributions in an area of mathematics that is related to business, like discrete or stochastic optimization, data analytics, operations research, applied probability, statistics, data mining or machine learning, or another related area
• have an international network of collaborators
• be an inspiring lecturer
• have good communication skills
• be fluent in English
• be willing to acquire a basic qualification in teaching (‘BKO’) as demanded by Dutch Universities (if she/he does not have one already)

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 € 3303.- and a maximum € 5513.- in accordance with salary scale 10, 11, or 12, depending on your education and experience. The job profile (Universitair docent) is based on the university job ranking system and is available for 1.0-0.8 FTE.
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
• considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
• contribution to commuting expenses
• optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
There are arrangements for maternity and parental leave in the Netherlands.


The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.


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 5,750 students.
Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics strives after excellence in research. In the department purely mathematical research is balanced with mathematical research motivated by applications. Researchers at the department are on the one hand active on a fundamental and theoretical level, and on the other hand work in an applied and practical environment with links to many sciences and societal issues. The department has a strong international research staff with expertise in dynamical systems, geometry, algebra and topology, and stochastics (statistics, data analytics, probability). In stochastics the applications range from neuroscience, genetics and forensics to business optimization and finance. The stochastics group is also engaged in the Amsterdam Center for Business Analytics (, which aims at developing, disseminating and exploiting business analytics and data science knowledge and applications by bringing together businesses and scientific research.
The department offers bachelor and master programs in mathematics and in business analytics, as well as a master program in stochastics and financial mathematics. In addition, the department provides mathematics courses for other programs of the Faculty of Science, for programs of other faculties in the university, and for the Amsterdam University College.


  • Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 18378


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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