Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Assistant professor (tenure track) in Sedimentology - Amsterdam

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Plaatsingsdatum 09-08-2019 Functiecategorie Onderwijs / Coaching / Trainers
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Are you an outstanding researcher in sedimentology and/or related fields with an innovative view on sedimentary systems? And do you want to make a contribution our Earth Science department through excellence in research and teaching? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated colleague that will strengthen our team to develop new lines of research within the field of sedimentology with a strong commitment to lab and field based research. A natural link with the current expertise in our group (biogenic carbonates, stable isotopes and/or geochronology) is required. The position also entails teaching in sedimentology and sub-surface oriented courses and supervision of BSc and MSc research projects. Managerial tasks will be part of the job.

Gender balance and diversity is important to us: Female candidates and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply for this position. In the case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to female candidates.

Your duties
  • you are able and motivated to carry out creative research in the field of sedimentology and publish your research results in high-profile journals
  • you aim at dissemination and impact on the field as witnessed by citations and lectures at (international) conferences and/or institutes
  • you are able to translate your academic expertise into effective collaborations with partners in academia and/or industry
  • you have proven experience of acquisition of external funding for research, or a track record that makes this highly feasible
  • on the longer term, you are expected to build up a successful group around your field of expertise and supervise PhD research projects
  • you are able to teach within the Earth Science programmes and have experience and/or affinity with educational tasks such as course coordination
  • you are responsible for the development and supervision of BSc and MSc student thesis projects (min. 2-3 projects/year) that include both field and lab components
  • you are expected to participate in managerial tasks of the department

  • you have a completed PhD degree in the Earth Sciences or comparable, with proven expertise in sedimentology
  • you have several years of research experience (proven by publications) and/or at least 2 years of experience in non-academic research organisations or related industry (proven by publications/ reports and project acquisition)
  • you have the ability to initiate and build up an independent line of research
  • you have a basic teaching qualification (BKO), an equivalent title from a university outside the Netherlands, or are willing to obtain such a certificate
  • the department offers BSc courses in Dutch, and MSc courses in the English language. Although not a requirement at the date of appointment, it is expected that you will reach a C1 level in both Dutch and English on the longer term
  • you have some experience in teaching in the field of Earth Sciences

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 €3,637 (scale 11)
and a maximum €4,978 (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.

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, initially for the duration of 6 years. Within an agreed period, tenure could be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. During the tenure, the performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, and acquisition of prestigious personal grants or equivalent project funding. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted.The tenure track position is starting at the level of assistant professor in the areas of research, education and management (40% : 40% : 20%).

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)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • 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. 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 24,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 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

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 6,000 students.

About the department, institute, project
The department of Earth Sciences hosts a multidisciplinary group of researchers working in diverse fields ranging from planetary science to renewable energies. The department is responsible for BSc and MSc programmes in Earth Sciences in two tracks (Geology & Geochemistry and Earth & Climate) and contributes to other teaching programmes. The current position is in the sedimentology group of the Geology & Geochemistry cluster. The research of the group encompasses a broad spectrum from carbonate sedimentology to understanding siliciclastic systems and hosts amongst others stable isotope, geochronology and geo-microbiology facilities.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the 'Apply' button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 30 september 2019. The job interviews are planned for October, 2019, when possible please take this into account when applying for the position.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Klaudia Kuiper
Position: Prof. dr. K.F. Kuiper
E-mail: k.f.kuiper@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 20 5983559

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
E-mail: relocations@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 20 59 8503

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Functiecategorie(ën) Onderwijs / Coaching / Trainers
Branch(es) Onderwijs / Opleiding
Provincie(s) Noord-Holland
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Contactpersoon Klaudia Kuiper
Telefoon +31 20 5983559