Are you a talented researcher in bioanalytical chemistry and passionate about hyphenated techniques? Do you enjoy developing and applying advanced separation and mass spectrometric technologies to analysis of biopolymers? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

Are you experienced in separation and mass spectrometry of biomacromolecules, such as proteins, oligonucleotides and/or polysaccharides? Are you interested in a tenure track assistant professor position? Then this may be an interesting offer for you.
You are embedded within the division of BioAnalytical Chemistry (BAC). Research, teaching and management are all parts of your work. The research of BAC is within the framework of bioanalytical sciences applied to resolving and characterizing biomacromolecular structures. Your research could include analysis of biopharmaceuticals and nucleic acid-based therapeutics, intact and native biopolymer analysis, topdown (glyco)proteomics, and conformational and higher-order structure analysis.
In your research, you develop and apply advanced separation techniques in combination with state-of-the-art mass spectrometry. We offer opportunities to use multidimensional chromatography, (capillary) electrophoresis, ion dissociation methods, ion-mobility-based separations, and other sophisticated technologies. We also encourage you to seek collaborations and synergies to answer your scientific questions.

Your duties
This tenure track position is starting at the level of assistant professor. Your work includes research, education and management (40%-40%-20%). Your main responsibilities are:
  • doing research that is closely connected to, strengthens, or complements the BAC research program; you develop and/or expand your own research line
  • acquiring and managing research funding
  • demonstrating your creative research output by publishing in well-recognized scientific journals
  • (co-)supervising the research of postdoctoral researchers, PhD candidates, Master’s and Bachelor's students
  • participating in the educational program by teaching 2-3 courses a year in the department’s BSc and MSc programs
  • contributing to the division’s management and departmental activities


You are an enthusiastic and ambitious scientist in analytical chemistry and/or mass spectrometry, and you can strengthen our research in Biomolecular Analysis. You are:
  • a scientist with a PhD and research profile in analytical or (bio)pharmaceutical sciences, or another relevant field. You have proven expertise to conduct research in the field of biomolecular separations and mass spectrometry
  • a scientist who can acquire external funding for your research. You publish articles in peer-reviewed journals and you are invited for lectures at international conferences
  • an enthusiastic lecturer with demonstrable teaching skills. You have proven experience with supervising BSc, MSc, and (preferably) PhD students. You have a basic University Teaching Qualification (BKO), or you are willing to acquire this in the first years of the appointment
  • a scientist with good managerial and communication skills and an open attitude

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3.821 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,230 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

This is a tenure track position; the initial appointment will be for a period of five years. Based on performance indicators agreed at the start of the appointment, after a positive evaluation, you will be awarded a permanent, tenured employment in the position of Assistant Professor/Universitair Docent 1 (scale 12). At the latest, in the fifth year of the appointment the tenure decision will be taken. A midterm review will take place 2.5 years after starting date.

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), possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave, child daycare facilities available on campus

About 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 Division of BioAnalytical Chemistry
The Division of BioAnalytical Chemistry (BAC) is part of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Faculty of Science (CPS) and of the Amsterdam Institute of Molecular and Life Sciences (AIMMS). The research at BAC focuses on the development and application of novel, multidimensional analytics for the molecular understanding of biological and chemical processes, structural characterization of (glyco)proteins, and the elucidation of biopharmaceutical and drug characteristics. Analytical techniques we use in the group are state-of-the-art (ion mobility) mass spectrometry combined and/or integrated with molecular spectroscopy, highly selective separation techniques, and bioactivity detection. BAC also trains and educates students and young professionals at the highest international level in the area of analytical chemistry. PhD, MSc and BSc students actively and intensively participate in our research programs. We provide analytical courses in several BSc and MSc programs, such as Chemistry (in a joint degree with UvA), Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Discovery and Safety, and Medical Natural Sciences. For research and teaching, BAC strongly collaborates with the analytical-chemistry group of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the Center for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam (CASA).


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before 15/09/2022.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: prof. dr. Govert W. Somsen
Position: Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry/Biomolecular Analysis

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

Name: Wytske Siegersma
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telephone: +31 (20) 59 85037
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Job area: Assistant Professor
Educational Level: Postdoc
VU unit: Faculty of Science
Contract type: Temporary with prospects of permanent employment
Minimum FTE: 0.8
Maximum salary scale: €5,439 (scale 11)
Minimum salary scale: €3,974 (scale 11)
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