Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Mathematics

Position ID: 1036-ASSISSTANTPROFESSOR1 [#19690]
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1081 HV, Netherlands [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Topology and geometric aspects of data and algorithms
Application Deadline: 2022/04/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/03/07, finished 2022/10/08)
Position Description:    

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Are you a researcher in mathematics? Are you interested in geometry, topology, data science and algorithms? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Location: Amsterdam FTE: 0.8 - 1


We are seeking a new colleague who is passionate about scientific research and education. Our department is looking for mathematicians with a proven expertise in geometric and topological aspects of data and algorithms. This topic can be interpreted in a wide sense: we are interested in analytical, statistical, probabilistic and combinatorial ideas to deepen our understanding of the relation between geometric and topological ideas on the one hand, and data science and its algorithms on the other hand. Concrete subject fields include stochastic geometry, topological (methods in) data analysis, geometric aspects of statistical learning, reconstruction of manifolds from data, equivariant deep neural networks, and applications of these. Other combinations of geometry/topology and data/algorithms are also a possibility.

In this position, you develop their own research line. The position of Assistant Professor is initially a tenure track position for five years. After four years, based on transparent criteria, we will take a decision on the tenure. The preferred starting date is on or before September 1, 2022.

Applications from all groups currently under-represented in academic posts are particularly encouraged. We are working to improve the present gender balance within the department, and particularly welcome applications from women.

Your duties

you develop a research line in the broad area covering geometric and topological aspects of data and algorithms you complement existing research activities in the department you contribute to the teaching of the department, at both the undergraduate and graduate level you show academic leadership, nationally and internationally you participate in departmental activities and tasks, including writing grant proposals


you have a PhD in mathematics, for example in the fields mentioned above, with a few years of postdoctoral experience you have a strong research record, as witnessed by excellent publications, original research projects, and an international network you are an inspiring lecturer you have good communication and execution skills you are fluent in English you have a basic teaching qualification (‘BKO’), as required by Dutch universities, or equivalent. If not, you are willing to obtain this qualification


A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. Based on full-time employment, and depending on experience, the gross monthly salary ranges from €3807 to €5922 in accordance with Dutch academic salary scales 11, or 12. The job profile (Assistant professor or “Universitair docent”) is based on the Dutch university job ranking system and the position is available for 0.8-1.0 FTE. For exceptional, experienced candidates an appointment as associate professor is a possibility.

The appointment will initially be for 5 years (tenure track). After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended indefinitely. 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 contribution to commuting expenses good paid parental leave scheme child daycare facilities available on campus


The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

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 dynamical systems, geometry and algebra, as well as in stochastics (statistics, data analytics, probability).

The department offers bachelor and master programmes in mathematics and in business analytics. In addition, the department provides mathematics courses for other programmes of the Faculty of Science, for programmes of other faculties in the university, and for the Amsterdam University College.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button by 1 April 2022 and upload: 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 potential referees

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Bob Rink Position: Professor of Mathematics E-mail: b.w.rink@vu.nl

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