Do you like teaching and conducting research at the same time? An assistant professorship job might be interesting for you. As assistant professor you are employed by a university and have a variety of tasks in education, research and organisation:


  • you develop educational programmes
  • you teach students
  • you assess students work
  • you evaluate educational programmes


  • you acquire research assignments and fundings
  • you coordinate and conduct scientific research
  • you publish articles about research findings
  • You supervise students and PhD candidates (as co-promotor)
  • you manage equipment and labs (if necessary)


  • you disseminate scientific knowledge
  • you maintain networks
  • you contribute to social discussions
  • you give lectures or interviews in the media
  • you take part in several committees or working groups

Career perspective & tenure track

The assistant professor position is the entry-level professor position at a university. You can develop into an associate professor and full professor. Several Dutch universities offer ‘tenure tracks’: a career programme for talented scientists who have the ambition to become a full professor.

A tenure track takes approximately ten years in total and you often start with a temporary assistant professor appointment. During the programme you get guidance in developing your teaching and management skills and you will be evaluated on progress. After several years successfully going through the programme you can grow into a permanent associate or full professor position. Tenure tracks have a severe selection procedure.


  • PhD degree in related field
  • excellent research qualities (publications)
  • experience and affinity with teaching
  • ability to obtain research grants
  • networking and communication skills
  • organisational and coordination skills
  • excellent English language skills