Assistant Professor in Quantitative Image Analysis

Utrecht University Division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics

Assistant Professor in Quantitative Image Analysis (Tenure Track 1.0 FTE)

Job description

To complement and strengthen its research and teaching activities, the division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics is seeking a creative and collaborative specialist in quantitative image analysis. You will be challenged to set up your own independent group and develop strong research links with the other research groups within the division.

You are a researcher who is interested in developing innovative approaches for (real-time) analysis of complex microscopy data. This position offers many opportunities to collaborate with experimental groups that develop and apply advanced microscopy techniques. Particularly exciting is the anticipated interplay with the groups within the recently awarded Gravitational programme IMAGINE! - Innovative Microscopy and Guidance of Cells in their Native Environment. This programme aims to transform cell biology by developing and applying advanced microscopy and real-time molecular manipulation techniques to study cells in their natural complexity and diversity. One technological goal is to establish robust event-driven imaging and high-precision control strategies that will enable real-time manipulation of key aspects of the biological systems that will be studied (smart microscopy). Ultimately, the goal is to establish microscopy-guided automated real-time control of biological processes, which will depend to a large extent on novel approaches for real-time automated interpretation of microscopy data.

You, as an Assistant Professor, will be encouraged to actively seek funding for new research projects through personal, national, European and other international grant opportunities .You will supervise the research of Postdoctoral Researchers, PhD candidates, Master’s students, and Bachelor's students. Furthermore, you have the ambition to actively participate in teaching activities at Bachelor's and Master's levels. You enjoy and are motivated to educate and inspire a new generation of scientists.


We are looking for a collaborative expert in quantitative image analysis for microscopy. You are an enthusiastic and creative educator who is able to strengthen Utrecht University’s curriculum in Neurobiology. Next to that we would like you to bring:

  • a PhD degree in image processing/data analysis or a closely related field;
  • interest in intense collaboration with fellow staff members, especially within the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity;
  • willingness to obtain the university teaching qualification (UTQ) if you not already have this.


  • a full-time tenure track position for five years (1.0 FTE) that will be subject to a mid-term evaluation after approximately 2.5 years and an end-term evaluation after 4.5 years. If evaluations are positive after five years, the position becomes permanent;
  • a full-time gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranging between €3,974 and €5,439 per month (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

We are dedicated to provide you with all necessary support during the tenure track period, including full access to the Biology Imaging Center (BIC) and computational resources. Next to that we offer the opportunity to acquire a University Teaching Qualification. Part of the position is that you can appoint a PhD candidate (fully funded).

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

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About the organization

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our informal atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. Find out more about us.

The research division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics has the mission to acquire novel insights into the structure and function of cells and to decipher the cellular basis for human diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders. To achieve this goal, we combine the latest methods in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and microscopy. We are interested in the mechanisms underlying cytoskeletal dynamics, membrane transport and signalling pathways that underlie cell proliferation and differentiation, neuronal development and synaptic plasticity. We investigate cellular processes at a broad range of levels, from single molecules and protein networks to cells, tissues, and whole organisms. The main research topics within the division are cellular organization and dynamics, molecular neuroscience, biophysics, synaptic physiology, molecular oncology and molecular targeted therapies. The division also encompasses the Utrecht Nanobody Facility , the Cellular Engineering Facility and the Biology Imaging Center (BIC), an expert center for advanced light microscopy that houses a large number of advanced microscopy setups.

The Department of Biology consists of 12 research groups, which are organized within two institutes: the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB) and the Institute of Environmental Biology (IEB). The department of Biology coordinates the teaching of the Bachelor’s programme in Biology, as well as the Master’s programmes and PhD courses that are offered through the Graduate School of Life Sciences. Each Institute promotes the maintenance of a high-quality and interactive research environment.

Additional information

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Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, than simply respond via the “Apply now” button! Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae, including a publication list;
  • a research statement (max 2 pages);
  • a teaching statement (max 2 page);
  • the names and email addresses of three references;
  • a copy of your PhD certificate.

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