Faculty Position in Sustainable Chemistry

University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science

Faculty Position in Sustainable (photo, electro) Chemistry

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Science
Educational level:  PhD
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  1 June 2023
Vacancy number:  11455

The Van ’t Hoff institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) invites applications for a position in Sustainable Chemistry, starting at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. This recruitment focuses only on talented female candidates. Not only because female academic staff is underrepresented at the institute, but foremost we are convinced that the contribution of female scientists is indispensable. We therefor offer young female talent a tenure-track position with the ultimate goal to a full professorship at our top European research university. 

The new position is funded by the university’s Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry (RPA SusChem). A major programme on fundamental and applied research related to the transformation to a sustainable society based on sustainable energy and a circular economy. 

What are you going to do?

The RPA Sustainable Chemistry consists of a team of scientists that have expertise in all aspects of catalysis, electrochemistry and sustainable synthesis. Typical research projects include the development of novel (bio-)catalysts, catalyst materials and new catalytic concepts, all aiming for developing efficient and clean synthesis of chemical products. In the context of the electrification of the chemical industry there is a large effort on electrochemical conversions for the production of fuel and new materials/chemicals, an endeavour that is organized under the Amsterdam Centre for Electrochemistry (Amcel)

For all these challenges, collaborations exist between the Synthesis and Catalysis theme and the Computational, Spectroscopy and Analytical groups working at the Institute. We seek someone with an interest in electrochemical and photoelectrochemical conversions. Applicants with other complementary expertise and interests in the broader context of sustainable chemistry are also invited to apply. 

What do we expect?

As faculty member at HIMS we expect you to:

  • be(come) a renowned scientist, as evidenced by high impact publications and invited lectures;

  • be successful in acquisition of (personal) research grants;

  • participate in the chemistry related education programs;

  • increase the visibility and impact of your research by initiating and joining in (inter)national public-private as well as academic research programs; 

  • promote the societal relevance of your research and contribute to outreach activities;

  • contribute to the organisation of the institute, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management;

  • become a role model in your field.

You will be selected on your scientific track record and on your vision for future research, as well as on your teaching achievements, qualifications, and vision for future teaching.

We encourage you to apply if you have:

  • a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related discipline;

  • a background, experience, skills and expertise in the broad area of sustainable chemistry, preferably with expertise in electrochemical and/or photochemical conversions. 

  • a track record of publications in renowned journals and contributed and/or invited talks at international conferences/workshops in line with your career stage.

  • a track record in teaching and (co)supervision of BSc, MSc and/or PhD students, appropriate to your career stage.

  • cross-cultural sensitivity.

  • demonstrable organisational talent.

and you are a team player with good communication skills in English, willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years and able to speak Dutch or are motivated to learn to speak it within five years.

Our offer

We focus on early career candidates who can start at the level of Assistant Professor. However, we would welcome applications from more experienced candidates on an Associate- or Full Professor level. Depending on candidates’ entry-level a tailor-made appointment will be agreed.

Furthermore, we offer you:

  • a suitable start-up package for your research programme, e.g. a funded 4-year position for a PhD student;

  • outstanding scientific guidance;

  • a scientific mentor as confidential personal advisor;

  • participation in a personal leadership coaching programme;

  • assistance in job searching for your partner;

  • assistance in enrolment for local childcare facilities;

  • help in finding appropriate housing;

  • a reimbursement package for relocation;

  • adjustment of career plans in case of pregnancy;

  • a made-to-measure Dutch language course.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €3,746 to €6,181 (scale 11/12) based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). 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. Generous holiday leave arrangements, participation in Dutch pension scheme for university personnel and excellent parental leave packages. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

About the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Science

The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is located at the vibrant Amsterdam Science Park. HIMS is one of eight institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. With around 140 employees, HIMS carries out internationally high-quality chemical research and provides education within various university programmes.

The core objective of HIMS is to understand and predict the behaviour of molecules in increasingly complex processes and systems. We work on circular and sustainable (catalytic) chemical processes, molecular art conservation, renewable energy, forensic applications and functional materials. To reach these goals, research at HIMS houses four strong sub-disciplines. Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Molecular Photonics and Synthesis & Catalysis that operate all at the forefront of their respective field and together provide a unique synergy for designing, creating, characterizing and understanding molecular systems, to address the aforementioned societal and industrial challenges. The HIMS portfolio reflects a healthy balance between publicly funded curiosity-driven research and application-oriented research with private (co-) funding.

You will be embedded in one of the groups of the synthesis and catalysis theme depending on the required infrastructure and in consultation with the candidate. 


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Job application

This position is primarily directed at talented women, and we therefore especially invite women with a strong track record to apply.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 June 2023. You can apply online by using the link below. 

Please upload the following information in a single PDF file (not zipped):

  • cover letter/letter of motivation (at most 1 page);

  • research statement that includes prospects for collaborations with the four different research themes of HIMS (at most 2 pages);

  • education statement that includes prospects for education at our institute (at most 1 page);

  • curriculum vitae (including publication list - please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;

  • the names and contact details (email and telephone numbers) of two references.

We will recruit until the position is filled. The selection process commences immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found, even if this prior to the final date of the application window.

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.

No agencies please.