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    English Dutch
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    • Date Posted
      November 13,2021
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    Assistant or Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Data Science

    We are actively searching for a committed Assistant or Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Data Science. You will connect the Department of Information and Computing Sciences with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and will be part of the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center. The level of the position offered will vary, depending on experience and expertise.

    Pharmaceutical Data Science is a rapidly developing field. It aims to optimally use and combine data generated for the discovery, development or use of drugs. The aim is to increase the predictability of the methods currently used, while decreasing tests on animals and humans.

    You possess a proven commitment and talent for research. As teaching is also an essential part of the work, we are searching for people with a demonstrable motivation to teach, and a flexible attitude. The faculty provides a dynamic work environment. Our approach is characterized by a collaborative, open, and can-do spirit that stimulates personal initiative and curiosity. You are a team player who is encouraged to take ownership and create value while sharing your knowledge both internally and across the wider (global) community. Every day we aim to live up to this mission because we believe it is the only way to make the breakthroughs that will help solve the challenges facing the world.

    If you are excited to actively participate and collaborate in Data Science in the Life Sciences, we invite you to apply.

    We are looking for a new colleague to start a team that bridges two departments, and who fits the following requirements:

    • a PhD in computer science, information science or another relevant discipline, preferably in the areas of machine learning, data science, or AI & Health;
    • you have experience in one or more of the relevant data types: molecular (e.g., genomics), cellular (e.g., imaging), in vivo (e.g., animal), clinical (e.g., microbiomics), or real-life (e.g., health wearables);
    • publications with impact, in international conferences and journals;
    • experience with, or good prospects for acquiring external research funds;
    • a vision on future research directions in your own area of expertise;
    • experience with, or readiness to supervise PhD projects;
    • experience with and enthusiasm for teaching and student supervision;
    • the ability to teach in departmental Bachelor's and Master's programmes;
    • experience with or the willingness to use innovative teaching methods, and (e-learning) technologies;
    • a vision on teaching and your own contribution to teaching;
    • the ability to speak and write English fluently.

    • depending on previous qualifications and experience, an appointment as Associate professor or an appointment as Assistant Professor with a 5-year tenure track towards a permanent position as Associate Professor;
    • a gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – that ranges between €4,612 and €7,054 (scale 12-14 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao)) per month for a full-time employment;
    • salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year;
    • a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes, and partially paid parental leave based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities;
    • special perks include the assistance of a new PhD candidate, funded by the departments in order to start up your research, the possibility to develop towards acquiring a Basic Teaching Qualification, supported with educational development programmes, offered by the university, and the possibility to travel to conferences.
    In addition to the employment conditions laid in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

    For international employees, the university offers help with finding housing, child care and schools, as well as a partner programme and a Dutch language course.

    More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

    Utrecht is an attractive city located in the Netherlands, one of the world’s most open and connected countries. Utrecht University reflects this philosophy by offering a flexible work-life balance that prioritizes your well-being within an understanding and supportive, family-friendly environment.
    Over de organisatie The Department of Information and Computing Sciences is nationally and internationally renowned for its fundamental and applied research in computer science and information science. In our constantly changing (digital) society, we are continually looking for new, realistic ways to push the boundaries of both science and social application. We contribute to innovative information technologies through the development and application of new concepts, theories, algorithms, and software methods. Relevant areas of interdisciplinary research include Game Research, Foundations of Complex Systems, Applied Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence.

    The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences has combined the research of its five divisions in the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences. The ARWU/Shanghai ranking 2021 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences ranks Utrecht University at position 20 in the world, and 7 in Europe. The focus of research is Advanced and Affordable Biomolecular and Cellular Therapies.

    The department offers Bachelor's and Master’s programmes in Pharmacy, and collaborates in the Bachelor’s programme Molecular and Biophysical Life Sciences, and the Master’s programmes Drug Innovation and Bioinformatics and Biocomplexity. The latter are part of the largest Graduate School of Life Sciences of Europe. The Department currently comprises 25 Chairs and around 250 other scientific staff, including Postdocs and PhD candidates.

    Both departments collaborate with the other departments of the Faculty of Science and in close collaboration with, among others, the University Medical Center, and the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Humanities and Geosciences of Utrecht University.

    At the Faculty of Science there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

    Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do attitude of our people. This fundamental connection attracts researchers, professors and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

    Aanvullende informatie Do you have any questions? We are happy to answer them. Please contact Prof Yannis Velegrakis (Information and Computing Sciences) or Dr Ed Moret (Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences).

    Do you have a question about the application procedure? Then please send an email to
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