Researcher in Chemistry

University of Amsterdam

Researcher in Chemistry

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Science
Educational level:  higher vocational education/university
Function type:  Support Staff
Closing date:  15.11.2023
Vacancy number:  12148



The SOC group in the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) at the University of Amsterdam is recruiting a Research Technician for supporting an exciting and multidisciplinary research. 


What are we looking for


We are looking for a technician, who is highly motivated and open to work in a high multidisciplinary environment. You must have, at least, finished a HBO with chemistry background with a special focus on organic chemistry. Previous experience in the field of organometallic chemistry is an advantage. You are willing to share your expertise with the other group members as well as being open to acquire new knowledge from them. Ability to work independently (after an initial training) and laboratory trouble-shooting is highly required. Good communication skills in oral and written English is necessary.


What are you going to do


  • Carry out routine and custom research in organic chemistry (i.e. synthesis of starting materials);
  • In collaboration with other group members, develop new synthetic methods based on metal-catalyzed C-H functionalization and electrosynthesis; 
  • Exhibit the highest degree of reliability and accuracy to assure quality and reproducibility of results;
  • Keep updated with the latest relevant literature related to the own research project;
  • Participate in research discussions, including own research involvement;
  • Contribute with the supervisor to the initial laboratory training of new team members (masters, PhD candidates, visiting scientists from academia and industry, etc.);
  • Instruct (in collaboration with the supervisor) PhD and undergraduate students to the good practice in laboratory work and maintenance of a safe working environment;
  • Perform daily management and organisation of the laboratory;
  • Keep updated to novel equipment and processes and advice the supervisor about their innovation and possible applications into our research programme;
  • Schedule of instrument usage and responsibilities of team members;
  • In collaboration with other analysts, contact suppliers and ordering consumables and instrument parts when required.


What do we have to offer

This position fits within the job profile 'Technicus onderwijs en onderzoeksgebonden O 4' and is classified in scale 08. This means a gross monthly salary between € 3,072.- and € 4,103.- for full employment (38 hours per week) excluding holiday pay (8%) and end-of-year bonus ( 8.3%). Classification depends on competencies and work experience. The Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities applies. 

The UvA has an extensive package of secondary employment conditions, including:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • Multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • Partly paid parental leave;
  • The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution.

We offer a temporary employment contract for 32-38 hours per week for a period of 12 months, with a two months probation time. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible. If we assess your performance positive, a permanent contract will follow.  


About us

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.
The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 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 Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavor & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organized into four themes: Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Synthesis & Catalysis and Molecular Photonics.

The Synthetic Organic Chemistry (SOC) group is part of the Synthesis and Catalysis theme, which is a Research Prority Area (RPA) of the University of Amsterdam. The RPAs represent the excellence of UvA in terms of research and worldwide recognition.


To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


Any questions

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Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by October 30, 2024. You may apply online by using the link below.


Applications in .pdf should include:

  • A curriculum vitae; 
  • A letter of motivation (why did you choose to apply for this position);
  • Name and contact details of two academic referees.


Applications from candidates who do not meet these requirements, including the requirements mentioned above, will not be considered.


We will recruit until the position is filled and close the position when a suitable candidate is found.


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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