Mathematics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Position ID: 1036-ASSPROFALGEBRA [#12974, 18380]
Position Title: Assistant professor in Algebra
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1081 HV, Netherlands [map]
Subject Area: Broadly interpreted algebra
Application Deadline: 2018/11/26 (posted 2018/10/25, listed until 2019/04/25)
Position Description:    

Are you passionate about mathematical research and education? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you. Apply for the position of:


Hours per week: 32-40

Job description

We are seeking a new colleague who is passionate about doing scientific research and about education. The department is looking for candidates with a proven expertise in algebra, interpreted broadly. The appointed candidate is expected to develop her/his own research line in algebra, broadening the research in the current algebra group (which includes algebraic K-theory and regulators, number theory, Diophantine equations, and arithmetic geometry, as well as computational aspects of these). The position of Assistant Professor is initially a tenure track position of 5 years. After four years, based on transparent criteria, the tenure decision will be taken. The preferred starting date is on or before 1 September 2019.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

Your duties

The candidate will be expected to
• develop a research line in an area of algebra which is related, but complementary to the current algebra research in the department
• interact with and complement existing research activities in- and outside the department
• contribute to the general educational programs of the department, at both the undergraduate and graduate level
• apply for research grants
• show academic leadership nationally and internationally
• participate in departmental activities and tasks


The successful candidate must have a PhD in mathematics, preferably in the direction of algebra, with a few years of postdoctoral experience. The candidate should
• have a strong research record, as witnessed by outstanding publications, high-profile research projects, and an international network
• have a strong teaching record
• have good communication skills
• be fluent in English
• be willing to acquire a basic qualification in teaching (‘BKO’) as demanded by Dutch Universities, if this qualification (or equivalent) has not been obtained already

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. Based on full-time employment, and depending on experience, the gross monthly salary ranges from € 3303.- to € 5513.- in accordance with Dutch academic salary scales 10, 11, or 12. The job profile (Universitair docent) is based on the Dutch university job ranking system and the position is available for 1.0-0.8 FTE.

Additionally, 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
• considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
• contribution to commuting expenses
• optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
There are arrangements for maternity and parental leave in the Netherlands.

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. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

The Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programs cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 5,750 students.

The Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics strives after excellence in research. In the department purely mathematical research is balanced with mathematical research motivated by applications. Researchers in the department are on one hand active at a fundamental and theoretical level, and, on the other hand, work on applications with links to business, several sciences, and societal issues. The department has a strong international research staff with expertise in dynamical systems, geometry, algebra and topology, as well as in stochastics (statistics, data analytics, probability).

The department offers bachelor and master programs in mathematics and in business analytics, as well as a master program in stochastics and financial mathematics. In addition, the department provides mathematics courses for other programs of the Faculty of Sciences, for programs of other faculties in the university, and for the Amsterdam University College.


Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. The diversity policy of the university can be found at


Are you interested in this position? Send an e-mail to Ms. Marielle van der Aa at by 26 November 2018 mentioning ‘Tenure track position Algebra’ in the subject, with as attachments (preferably as ONE pdf): a cover letter in which you describe your abilities and motivation, a research statement, a brief teaching statement, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, as well as the contact details of three referees. In your cover letter, mention “application Assistant Professor in Algebra” and the vacancy number 18380.


For additional information, please contact: Name: Prof. dr. Rob de Jeu, Professor of algebra E-mail: Telephone: +31 20 5987676 No agencies

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