Associate or Full Professor Microbiology

Associate or Full Professor Microbiology

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13 Dec 31 Jan Amsterdam

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We are looking for a leader or future leader at the crossroads of Molecular Microbiology and Systems Biology.

Job description

The new chair of Microbiology is established to further strengthen the current team, which consists of Molecular/ Medical Microbiology (Luirink, Bitter, Houben) and Systems Biology (Bruggeman, Teusink). Together these sections have recently been integrated in a new department, A-LIFE, together with the Ecology and Environmental Health sections.

The candidate must be senior and have a strong research profile with proven ability to attract funding (NWO, EU). A strong, individual research line in the field of Microbiology is required. The quality of the candidate and not the research topic itself is leading. The research topic could be linked to the current themes in the department, at the interface between different themes or represent a completely novel line of research. Potential focus areas include Genetics, Structural Biology, Cell Biology, Synthetic Biology, Evolution, Host-Pathogen relationships, Bacterial communities, Biotechnology and Antimicrobials. Potential connections with the broader interest areas within the A-LIFE department are welcomed but not mandatory.

In addition, the chair will play a key role in educational programs such as the Bsc programs "Biology" and "Biomedical Sciences", and the MSc programs "Biomolecular Sciences" and "Bioinformatics and Systems Biology".

Your duties
  • To play a leading role in the research program of the new department
  • To play a central role in shaping and teaching the education portfolio of the relevant BSc and MSc programs
  • To acquire and manage national and international research grants
  • To engage and manage research projects and collaborations with academic, industrial and governmental partners
  • To demonstrate a continuous and creative output publishing in well-respected journals
  • To perform managerial tasks for the department
  • To play an active role in local, national, and international research platforms


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • Candidate must hold a PhD degree and a demonstrate a strong track record in the field of interest including well-cited publications in top-10 peer reviewed journals of the field and/or relevant experience gained from research within industry
  • Candidate must have a proven ability and/or potency to attract external grants in order to finance research
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong capabilities of leadership, management, collaboration, innovation, and valorisation
  • Candidate is expected to be an inspiring teacher with a track record in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching programs
  • Candidate must have experience with supervising, motivating, and coaching of PhD and MSc students, postdocs, and technicians
  • Candidate must have a basic qualification in teaching ('BKO') or willingness to attain this within two years after this appointment
  • English fluency is expected and, where appropriate, the candidate should be willing to learn the Dutch language.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a
  • minimum gross monthly salary of €5,506 (UHD) or a maximum gross monthly salary of € 7,362 (UHD)
  • minimum gross monthly salary of € 6,099 (HL2) or a maximum gross monthly salary of €8,881 (HL2), depending on your education and experience..
The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

The initial employment contract will be for a period of 1 year, but after a positive evaluation and proven suitability, a permanent contract will be given.

Promising candidates who do not yet meet all mentioned requirements can and should still apply. Such a candidate, if successful, will be initially appointed as Associate Professor in a tenure track construction for max. 5 years after which, on condition of adequate progress and performance, she/he will be promoted to the rank of Full Professor.
Depending on the seniority of the applicant the new group can be extended with a technician and an assistant professor.

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,
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • contribution to commuting expenses


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.

About the department, institute, project
The department is located in a new research building together with other biological, chemical and medical disciplines offering key research infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration. Part of the research in this building is clustered in the Amsterdam Institute of Molecular and Life Sciences (AIMMS;


  • Associate professor; Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €5506—€8881 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 13319


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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