Universiteit Leiden, Mathematical Institute

Position ID: MI-AP_AGN [#20666]
Position Title: Assistant or Associate professor in Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Leiden, Zuid-Holland 2333 CA, Netherlands [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory
Application Deadline: 2022/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup* (posted 2022/09/21, updated 2022/09/14)
Position Description:    

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The Mathematical Institute of Leiden University is looking for a talented mathematician for an assistant professorship within the Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory group. This professorship can also be filled at the associate level, depending on the qualifications of the candidate. We are looking for the most talented individuals, with a strong track record in developing original lines of research. Candidates that are currently underrepresented in the field are explicitly invited to apply. 

Key responsibilities
  • Continue to develop original lines of research; 
  • Aim to acquire external funding; 
  • Be an active and inspiring advisor for bachelor and master students and PhD candidates; 
  • Be an inspiring teacher and be actively involved in developing the teaching curriculum; 
  • Contribute to the administrative tasks of the institute. 

Selection criteria 
  • A PhD in algebra, geometry or number theory; 
  • A high potential as a future leader; 
  • A track record in academic research, as evidenced by publications in high-rank journals; 
  • A track record as inspiring teacher with good communication skills; 
  • Good command of the English language. 

Additional Requirements to fulfill after hiring
  • Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). Successful applicants that do not already possess this qualification or its equivalent must be willing to obtain this qualification within two years;
  • Newly hired staff not already holding a Dutch language proficiency diploma at level B2 or better, are required to obtain such a diploma within two years. 

Career development
The Mathematical Institute has embraced the ‘Recognition and Rewards’ initiative and has formulated a transparent and attractive career policy based on diverse and flexible assessment criteria that span the full range of academic activities. These criteria are discussed and made concrete during annual performance and development interviews, providing the potential to grow into a role as an associate and/or full professor. Specialized training courses and coaching programs are available to help candidates develop their skills and prepare for such career steps. 

Employment conditions
The intended starting date for the position is September 1st 2023, but this is flexible. An assistant professor position will initially be offered on a temporary basis for a period of 18 months, but will become permanent after proven suitability during this time. When appropriate, offers at the associate level can be made directly on the basis of a permanent contract. 

You will be appointed in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary at the assistant professor level is between € 3,974.- and € 6,181.- and at the associate professor level between € 5,506.- and € 7,362.- depending on your qualifications and experience. 

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package including pension build-up, paid parental leave and additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%). Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see the website

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive. 

Leiden University
Leiden University is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. Thanks to its committed and inspired employees, the university enjoys a leading role in academic research and education. Leiden also scores very well every year in prominent rankings. This means that, to maintain our position, the bar is set very high. Regardless of the work you do at our university, you are always encouraged to broaden your horizons, develop your talents and reach your full potential. 

Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science at Leiden University is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. 

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelors’ and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,500 staff and over 6,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. 

Mathematical Institute
The Mathematical Institute (MI) is one of the eight institutes within the Faculty of Science and has a strong international orientation. Its mission is to push the frontiers of scientific knowledge by developing and applying high quality mathematics, while offering a wide range of mathematical training in a friendly but challenging environment. 

We believe that mathematics is an essential part of human knowledge and our staff members take pride in their role as keepers of this rich field of science. They are dedicated to push the boundaries of mathematical knowledge and to contribute their experience towards solving problems faced in other sciences, society and industry. In addition, many of our staff members work hard to promote mathematical literacy in society at large through a multitude of outreach activities.

Contact and further information
For further information about this position or the recruitment process, please contact Ronald van Luijk (rvl@math.leidenuniv.nl).

You can find more information about the Faculty of Science here. For more information about working at Leiden University please visit the website

Please submit your application through mathjobs; all applications received by 1 December 2022 are guaranteed full consideration. 

The application must contain:
  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • brief research plan
  • list of publications
  • teaching statement
  • three reference letters (to be submitted by the reference writers through the mathjobs portal)

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