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Assistant Professor Job in Interdisciplinary Teaching Related to Origins of Life, Astrophysics – UvA, Netherlands 2022

The Netherlands, University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Assistant Professor Job in Interdisciplinary Teaching Related to Origins of Life for the PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Planetary Science, Chemistry, Biology or Informatics is available at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API), Faculty of Science (FNWI), University of Amsterdam (UvA) – Netherlands 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
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Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 18 months
Salary: €3,807 to €5,211 gross per month

Faculty of Science (FNWI)
Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • A PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Planetary Science, Chemistry, Biology or Informatics, or related fields.
  • An affinity to work on origin of life initiatives and to teach on the related topics.
  • An affinity for interdisciplinary work and functioning in a team.
  • The ability and willingness to teach and conduct research.
  • Demonstrable willingness to perform administrative, organizational tasks, and to build up curriculum activities.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Willingness to work on public outreach.
  • Teaching experience will be a strong plus.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary teaching, course development and/or teaching material to diverse students will be an advantage.
  • The applicant is expected to obtain teaching qualification BKO level within two years and a SKO level within five years.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We seek to fulfil a tenure-track teaching position (UD) in interdisciplinary origins of life, in strong connection with the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API). We are looking for a candidate who would like to teach across science programs and conduct research programs in the areas of origins of life.

The candidate will coordinate and contribute to the development of a faculty-wide initiative called InterSpecials that is to be implemented across the research and teaching areas of the Faculty of Science (FNWI) at University of Amsterdam (UvA). The InterSpecial initiative is an educational innovation, aimed to teach students both interdisciplinary skills and specialized expertise. The Origins InterSpecial acts as pilot and focuses on the interdisciplinary origins-of-life theme. The applicant will be requested to develop a pedagogical framework for this origin(s)-of-life initiative, as well as to develop new teaching methods and trajectories, and to mentor students through the interdisciplinary learning line. The applicant is also expected to develop their own research within the origins initiative and coordinate it with other researchers in an interdisciplinary framework. The educational duties will cover about 50% of the work. The remaining 50% are dedicated to active research of the UD, in any of the areas associated with the Origin-of-life theme.

We particularly encourage applications from prospective members who can enhance the diversity of backgrounds and ideas in our group. The FNWI is committed to diversity in all its forms and is committed to be inclusive.

You are expected:

  • to coordinate the development and implementation of a faculty-wide Origins InterSpecial initiative and participate to teaching and coaching students;
  • to be active in the fundamental and/or applied research related to our origins of life initiative, publishing in high level international journals;
  • to teach origins of life related courses at the BSc and MSc levels across the faculty of science;
  • to foster the connections between science and research;
  • to present your work at leading conferences;
  • to be willing to build up a research group of internationally outstanding level;
  • to be willing to support potential rollout of the Origin InterSpecial initiative to other interdisciplinary areas;
  • to be active in the attraction of external funding;
  • to supervise students, including BSc, MSc and PhD as well as postdocs;
  • to actively contribute to departmental duties.

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Documents Required

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile?  Then we look forward to receiving your application by 31 January 2022. You can apply online by using the link below.

Please combine all documents into a single PDF file and submit using the CV upload box in the application form. Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications; Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • teaching and research statements (about two to three pages);
  • a list of five ‘most-proud’ publications or achievements, with a motivation for each one, totaling two pages. max. These achievements may be in any relevant area, e.g., teaching, diversity, team building, software development, research, publications, organization;
  • three letters of references. The letters of references should be sent directly to Jean-Michel Désert;
  • the deadline for receiving the reference letters is 8 February 2022;
  • the deadline to submit applications is 31 January 2022;
  • applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled;

About the Department

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The FNWI offers a complete undergraduate (BSc) and graduate (MSc, PhD) teaching program in various disciplines that focuses on integrating students in research early in their education. The applicant should be committed to contribute in innovative ways to the excellence of our teaching programs, and to foster the connections between science and research.

Scientists at FNWI have access to a wide variety of national funding lines at the Dutch research organization NWO, and to European funding lines like ERC grants and FP7 programs and networks. Scientists at UvA have set an interdisciplinary collaborative research and training program on the origins and fundamental aspects of life, as part of the national Origin Center. UvA is also part of the National Astronomy Education Committee NOVA, the Dutch Top Research School. In this context, the department of Astronomy (the Anton Pannekoek Institute, API) has a long tradition of excellence in astronomical research, including a program on star and planet formation, and exoplanets; it is currently in the process of strengthening its group in origins research.

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy furthers research, teaching and public understanding of astronomy. It conducts astronomical research and trains astronomers from bachelor to postdoctoral level, aiming at world-leading levels and activities.

About the Employer: University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Note or Other details

The initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months, to evaluate the suitability of the candidate. During this period three evaluations will take place. On the basis of a positive evaluation, the position will become permanent after 18 months.

The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum €3,807 to €5,211 (scale 11) gross per month (salary scale) based on full-time employment.

This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Interviews will happen in early 2022, and we wish to fill the position in March 2022.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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Contact details

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organization? Please contact:

For further enquiries contact the chair of the search committee Prof. Carsten Dominik. Interviews will happen in early 2022, and we wish to fill the position in March 2022.

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