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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Education & Instruction
  • Languages
    English Dutch
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      December 11,2021
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    Assistant Professor in Cellular and Circuit Neuroscience

    Assistant Professor in Cellular and Circuit Neuroscience

    Faculty/Services: Faculty of Science
    Educational level: Promoted
    Function type: Academic Staff
    Closing date: 20 December 2021
    Vacancy number: 7670
    The Cellular and Computational Neuroscience group is seeking a highly qualified and motivated assistant professor to conduct collaborative research and teaching in cellular and circuit neuroscience. Current research of the group focuses on the fundamental mechanisms of neurophysiology and synaptic plasticity, and how these mechanisms control network activity and adaptive behavior. We study how modulators of synapse and neuronal function, like noradrenaline and endocannabinoids, influence network activity and memory formation. We particularly explore how dysfunction of these mechanisms can lead to pathological conditions of epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. These topics are addressed using a variety of methods, with a main focus on electrophysiology and imaging techniques. You are expected to develop your line of research in close collaboration with other group members, and contribute to teaching.
    What are you going to do

    As an assistant professor you are expected:
    • to develop your own line of research at the level of synapse/circuit/network neuroscience, publishing in high-level international journals, presenting at leading conferences and supervising PhD students;
    • to be open to collaborate on projects and share expertise;
    • to be active in attracting external funding;
    • to take part in the teaching neuroscience courses to bachelor and master students, and in supervising student projects.

    What do we require of you

    • You have a PhD in neuroscience or closely related discipline;
    • You have significant experimental experience in the field of cellular and circuit neuroscience, with an interest in synaptic plasticity, neuronal network dynamics and animal behavior;
    • You have a strong expertise in electrophysiology (patch-clamp), opto/chemogenetics, molecular imaging and/or behavioral analysis on rodent models;
    • You possess talent for analytical, critical and creative thinking;
    • You have an open and collaborative personality;
    • You enjoy teaching and interacting with students;
    • Fluency and excellent communication in English, both written and spoken (level C1); Non native Dutch speakers must be willing to obtain A2 level proficiency in the Dutch language. SILS expect its staff to acquire this sufficient fluency in the Dutch language within three years of the start of the employment contract.

    Within the Faculty of Science, newly appointed assistant professors follow a didactic training trajectory, which upon completion results in a qualification for academic teaching (basiskwalificatie onderwijs, BKO) within two years.

    Our offer

    We offer an employment contract for 18 months preferably starting on 1 April 2022 during which you should show your competence in science and teaching. After a positive assessment of your performance this will be converted into a permanent contract.

    Your salary, depending on your relevant work experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €3,807 to €5,922 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the 30% ruling, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

    About us
    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

    The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

    The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty of Science’s largest institutes. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centered on four themes: Neurosciences, Cell & Systems Biology, Microbiology and Green Life Sciences.

    Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


    If you have any questions about the position, please contact (during office hours):
    • Prof. Dr. Helmut Kessels

    Job application
    If you feel the profile suits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your letter and CV. You can apply online via the link below. We will accept applications until 4 January 2022.

    Applications should include:
    • a cover letter with your motivation to apply for this position;
    • a CV, including a list of publications, your funding and teaching track record (if applicable);
    • contact information for at least two academic referees.

    Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

    The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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