Assistant Professor in Human Movement Sciences

VU University of Amsterdam Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences

Do you have a PhD in human movement sciences or a related field, such as kinesiology, biomedical engineering, psychology, neuroscience, physiology, or medicine? And would you like to conduct cutting-edge research and contribute to our excellent BSc and MSc programs in Human Movement Science? Please apply for one of three positions available at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Location: AMSTERDAM
FTE:

Job description

Candidates are expected to have or develop a strong program of research that connects to the main research interests within our department. We specifically, but not exclusively, aim to expand our expertise with respect to stimulation of (adapted) physical activity with a focus on children and adolescents, imaging and image analysis in musculoskeletal anatomy, innovative technology in training and motor learning, neuro-imaging, computational approaches (including AI) to motor control and learning. In addition, we seek methodological expertise on the use of big data sets, Bayesian statistics and motion capture technology. A track record of collaboration with non-academic partners, whether in industrial, public health, or clinical settings is a plus. We don’t expect a single candidate to cover all these areas of expertise but are searching for a combination of candidates that best covers the complete spectrum.

Your duties

- conduct and publish high quality research aligned with the research program of the department
- teach courses and supervise students in the Bachelor, (research) Master and PhD programs
- attract external funding for research projects and seek national and international collaborations
- show departmental citizenship by contributing to research and teaching committees
- engage in impact activities outside academia

Requirements

  • A PhD in human movement sciences or a related field such as kinesiology, biomedical engineering, psychology, neuroscience, physiology, or medicine;
  • First authored articles in peer-reviewed international journals;
  • Experience with teaching courses and supervising students;
  • Having obtained or willingness to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO);
  • Affinity with the acquisition of external research funding and/or academic entrepreneurship;
  • Willingness to learn the Dutch language;
  • Willingness and competences to work in a team.

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 €3,974 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. 
The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE. 

We expect to be able to provide a start-up grant of 300,000 euros to support development of the research agenda during the first years of tenure of newly appointed assistant professors.

The appointment will initially be for 18 months. Contingent upon a positive evaluation, the appointment can then be converted to a tenured (permanent) position.

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)
  • a comprehensive list of benefits and working conditions can be found at https://workingat.vu.nl/working-at-vu

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.

Diversity

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.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences

The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.

Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.

Department of Human Movement Sciences

The department of Human Movement Sciences performs research on the human musculoskeletal system, on the way people move, on the way movement is controlled, and on how human movement can be influenced in the context of sports, health, physical education and rehabilitation. Our research is multi-disciplinary: we combine anatomy, physiology, psychology and biomechanics to understand and improve human movement.
We provide educational programs at the BSc and MSc levels in the same domain, with a strong emphasis on scientific training. In addition, we have a research-based PhD program.
The department has a strong commitment to theory development, and innovative research, but we also emphasize the societal value of our research and devote ample time and attention to translation of our research findings to promote their application in practice.
The department provides a vibrant climate with high quality teaching and research staff and PhD-students who are supported by excellent facilities (e.g., multiple labs for experimental research, equipment for movement analysis and physiological measurements, as well as high-quality engineering support to develop custom-made equipment and set-ups). We have a world-class reputation for our research and teaching, as indicated by for example a 5th place in the Shanghai ranking for sports science, high quality publications, and frequent international collaboration and exchange.  Research and teaching have a strong interdisciplinary nature. The research program of the department is integrated in the research institutes Amsterdam Movement Sciences (https://www.amsterdamumc.org/en/research/institutes/amsterdam-movement-sciences.htm) and Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (https://vu.nl/nl/over-de-vu/onderzoeksinstituten/institute-for-brain-and-behavior-amsterdam-ibba).

Application

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload (1) a short (motivation) letter (not longer than 1 page), (2) your curriculum vitae (which lists two references that we can contact), (3) a short video introduction of yourself (< 60s), and (4) two publications that best illustrate your research. Materials must be submitted by 15/02/2023. Interviews will take place at the end of February. The positions can be started at a mutually agreed date after May 2023.

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. Jaap H. van Dieën
Position: Hoogleraar
E-mail: j.dieen@vu.nl
Telephone: (31) 20 5988501

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