Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Mathematics

Position ID: 1036-ASSPROF1 [#14607]
Position Title: Two assistant professors in Statistics
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1081 HV, Netherlands [map]
Subject Area: Statistics
Application Deadline: 2019/12/10 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/09/27, finished 2020/06/14, listed until 2019/12/10)
Position Description:    

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Are you a mathematician or statistician who is passionate about research and education?
Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

We are seeking new colleagues who are passionate about scientific research and education. Our department is looking for candidates with a proven expertise in statistics or mathematical data science. This may include (but is not restricted to) mathematical statistics, computational statistics, statistical learning, and statistical data science.

The appointed candidate is expected to carry out research in one of the current central areas of statistics or data science. We offer a position of Assistant Professor, which is initially a tenure track position for five years. After four years, based on transparent criteria, the tenure decision will be taken. The preferred starting date is on or before September 1, 2020.

The department has a strong desire to hire more female colleagues. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply, see below.

Your duties
The candidate will be expected to

  • develop a research line in an area of statistics
  • interact with and complement existing research activities in- and outside the department
  • contribute to the teaching of the department, at both the undergraduate and graduate level
  • show academic leadership nationally and internationally
  • participate in departmental activities and tasks such as writing grant proposals


The successful candidate must have a PhD in mathematics or statistics, for example in the fields mentioned above, with a few years of postdoctoral experience. The candidate should

  • have a strong research record, as witnessed by excellent publications, original research projects, and an international network
  • be an inspiring lecturer
  • have good communication and execution skills
  • be fluent in English
  • be willing to acquire a basic teaching qualification (‘BTQ’) 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 for an Assistant Professor ranges from € 3.389,- to € 5.656,- 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. For exceptional, experienced candidates an appointment as associate professor is a possibility.

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 also 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 24,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

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.

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 programmes 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 6,000 students.

The Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics strives for excellence in research. The department balances pure mathematical research 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, the sciences, and societal issues. The department has a strong international research staff with expertise in statistics, data analytics, and probability, as well as in dynamical systems, geometry and algebra.

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.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 10 December 2019. The job interviews are planned for early 2020.

Ladies First
Diversity is one of the core values of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The Department of Mathematics is committed to improving its gender balance. In view of the current composition of the department, in the first 4 weeks after the application deadline we will consider female candidates only. In case that does not lead to a hire, we will proceed to invite qualified male candidates for interviews.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Harry van Zanten
Position: Professor of Statistics
E-mail: j.h.van.zanten@vu.nl

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Faculty of Sciences, Department of Mathematics
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