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    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Education & Instruction
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  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      December 13,2021
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    Assistant Professor in Experimental Physics with an Educational Focus on Student Labs

    Assistant Professor in Experimental Physics with an Educational Focus on Student Labs

    Faculteit/Dienst: Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
    Opleidingsniveau: Gepromoveerd
    Functie type: Wetenschappelijk Personeel
    Sluitingsdatum: 9 January 2022
    Vacaturenummer: 7705
    The Institute of Physics (IoP) aims to recruit a full-time Assistant Professor in experimental physics, with a specific educational focus (50%) on student labs (practicum).

    What are you going to do

    The physics student labs (practicum) form a crucial part of the Bachelor's degree in Physics and Astronomy (Natuur- en Sterrenkunde). It is the primary means by which we achieve one of our key educational goals: that students learn how to formulate a research question, design an experiment, conduct that experiment, correctly analyze and interpret the results, and are trained to present the outcome (both in writing and orally). A strong connection between research and teaching is at the center of University education. The context for this position is that we seek to expand the dynamic team of our student labs with an excellent teacher, who at the same time maintains an active research line within the Institute of Physics. You are expected to develop your own research line(s) in an area of experimental physics relevant to one of the research groups of the Institute – in particular within one of our Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI) or Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF) research divisions (the latter being embedded within the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef).

    On the educational side, you are expected to:
    • be an inspiring teacher at the student labs for the Bachelor's degree program in physics and astronomy (a joint degree program with Vrije Universiteit) and the liberal arts and sciences programme at the Amsterdam University College;
    • act as a liaison between IoP’s research groups and the student labs, and among other activities to develop new experiments for the student labs directly connected to IoP research;
    • coach and train teaching assistants for the student labs;
    • actively participate in educational innovation projects;
    • actively participate in information activities for potential students and pre-university education affiliation activities.

    On the educational side we will base our selection on your track record in the aspects listed, as well as on your teaching qualifications, and vision for future teaching.

    On the research side, you are expected to:
    • develop your own research line in an area of experimental physics fitting one of the current research groups;
    • publish your results in international journals, present at leading conferences and workshops and supervise BSc/MSc/PhD students in their research projects;
    • be successful in the attraction of external funding;
    • develop new local, national and international research collaborations.

    On the academic side we will base our selection on your scientific track record and on your vision for future research.
    What do we require of you

    The successful candidate should have:
    • a PhD in Experimental Physics;
    • demonstrable affinity for, and ability in, teaching experimental physics at university level;
    • some experience with the (co-)supervision of MSc and/or PhD students;
    • a solid research track record, evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals, and contributed and/or invited talks at international conferences/workshops;
    • a collaborative spirit and a strong affinity for the Institute of Physics' multidisciplinary environment as well as readiness to participate in (interdisciplinary) cooperation;
    • (the ability to develop) the management skills required for general academic administration, organisation and coordination tasks;
    • excellent communication and social skills; willingness to acquire a Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ);
    • an excellent command of English and (if necessary) willingness to learn Dutch.

    International research experience is preferred, as is a highly collaborative and enthusiastic approach. If necessary, the UvA will provide adequate training for both the UTQ programme and Dutch skills.

    Our offer

    We offer you a temporary appointment for 1½ years, to be converted into a permanent appointment upon a positive assessment. Start dates are negotiable. Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €3,807 to €5,922 gross per month (salary scales 11 or 12, depending on work experience) 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. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

    Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.
    About us

    The University of Amsterdam 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.

    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 Institute of Physics (loP) carries out excellent research in the field of experimental and theoretical physics, provides inspiring teaching within the physics and other curricula, and is committed to transferring our knowledge of and enthusiasm for physics to society. The loP has over 50 faculty members and 180 researchers in total. The combination with the NWO Institutes at Amsterdam Science Park constitutes the largest physics hub in the Netherlands and is an international center of excellence.

    Research at the loP is organized in three research divisions: the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics (WZI), the Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA) and the Institute for High-Energy Physics (IHEF), the latter embedded within the Nikhef collaboration, the national NWO Institute for subatomic physics. The position will be based either within WZI or within IHEF.

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


    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organization? Please contact:

    • For educational aspects / physics student labs: Dr Gerrit Kuik
    • For research and general aspects: Prof. Paul de Jong (head of IHEF and director IoP), Prof. Daniel Bonn (head of WZI) or Dr Joost van Mameren (IoP Institute Manager)

    Job application
    Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application. Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:
    • a letter of motivation (one page maximum);
    • a curriculum vitae, including list of publications and teaching track record;
    • a teaching statement (two pages maximum);
    • a research statement (two pages maximum);
    • a list of three references from different institutes.

    If you feel the profile fits 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 9 January 2022.

    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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