Faculty of Science – Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

  • Closingdate: 30 april 2018
  • 38 hours per week
  • Vacancynumber: 18-130

The Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavour & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organised into four themes: Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Molecular Photonics and Sustainable Chemistry.

The vacant positions are within the Analytical Chemistry Group of professors P.J. Schoenmakers and G.L. Corthals.

Theme description
The Analytical Chemistry Theme aims to develop new or greatly improved analytical techniques and methods, especially in the fields of separation science and applied mass spectrometry. Specific focus is on multi-dimensional separations and “hyphenated systems”, such as LC-MS. Application areas include synthetic polymers, proteins and other biomolecules, forensics, art science and food science. Data analysis and optimization are essential aspects of the research program. The group works closely together with colleagues from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) in a number of projects and in the Centre of Analytical Sciences Amsterdam (CASA).

The Analytical Chemistry theme will be strengthened with two bright and enthusiastic scientists with a demonstrated potential to perform world-class research and with a keen interest in education.

The group attracts competitive national and international public funding. Additionally, a significant fraction of scientific research in the theme takes place in the form of public-private-partnership (PPP) projects, often under the umbrella of the national COAST organization, which is based in Amsterdam.

The staff of HIMS takes responsibility for teaching a BSc program in chemistry, together with colleagues from the VUA, and they are involved in several other BSc programs. The analytical scientists from both UvA and VUA run a very successful MSc track in Analytical Sciences, which currently attracts more than 70 students annually. We expect the newly appointed scientists to start contributing to these programs in the academic year 2018-2019.

  1. Analytical Chemometrics
    This position will centre on chemometrics in conjunction with analytical measurements. Emphasis will be on optimization of analytical methods and on data-treatment strategies.
    The scientist in this position will work closely with analytical scientists who perform experiments. (S)he is expected to build liaisons with experts in analysing large sets of data and with the striving artificial-intelligence community in Amsterdam.
    Teaching assignments will include statistics and data handling for analytical scientists.
  2. Analytical (Separation) Science
    This position focusses on the development of new or greatly improved methods of analysis. The candidate should fit within the group’s infrastructure, which features many separation methods, including multi-dimensional and hyphenated systems, and mass spectrometers. Developments at the forefront of analytical science may be employed to address many relevant problems, including those encountered in art science and conservation, forensics and industry.
    Teaching assignments may cover fundamental and applied aspects of analytical sciences, largely related to the research domain described above.


You should:

  • have completed a PhD by the time the appointment starts;
  • have a track record in terms of research output and acquisition of funds which should match or exceed the expected performance at this point in your career;
  • demonstrated affinity and experience with teaching academic students. This is an important requirement.
  • be willing to actively engage in PPP projects.

Scientific and educational presentations will be part of the assessment procedure.

We especially encourage female candidates to apply for these positions. We appreciate previous experience in working with industry.

Further information

For further information and informal inquiries, you may contact:

The tenure track-appointment, will initially be on a temporary basis for a period of six years with up to three assessment interviews during this period. The position will become permanent after five years with promotion to a higher position if the candidate is successful. Criteria that have to be met include success in research, in acquisition of funds and in education. Details of the criteria will be mutually agreed upon before the appointment.

The position will be filled at the level of Assistant- or Associate professor, depending on qualifications. The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel. Depending on experience and qualifications, it will range from a minimum of €3.475 gross per month up to a maximum of €6.438 gross per month (salary scale 11/14) based on full-time employment. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university and an attractive package of fringe benefits, for instance: generous leave arrangements, application for attractive fiscal arrangements are possible for employees from abroad and collective health insurance and excellent parental leave packages.

Job application
Because of the starting deadline only candidates from within the EU or with valid visa and work permits will be considered.

The deadline for applying for these positions at the University of Amsterdam is 30 April 2018.

Please send your application to To process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 18-130 and the position (A or B) you are applying for in the subject-line.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a motivation letter (why did you choose to apply for this position?), and the names and contact details of two academic referees. All these should be grouped in a single PDF attachment (not zipped). #LI-DNP

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