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  • Languages
    English Dutch
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    • Date Posted
      December 27,2021
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    Assistant Professor in Epigenetics

    Assistant Professor in Epigenetics

    Faculteit/Dienst: Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
    Opleidingsniveau: Gepromoveerd
    Functie type: Wetenschappelijk Personeel
    Sluitingsdatum: 27 January 2022
    Vacaturenummer: 7850
    Are you fascinated by biomedical research, more specifically functional dynamics of the epigenome and the use of innovative technologies to engineer and simulate complex systems behaviour? Are you equally passionate about research and teaching in this area? We are looking for an assistant professor (universitair docent, UD) to strengthen our team.

    You will be embedded in the Synthetic, Systems Biology and Nuclear Organization (SSB-NOG) ‘Functional Epigenome Dynamics’ group (led by Prof. dr. Pernette J. Verschure), which is part of the Cell & Systems Biology cluster of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. The group is connected to the Department of Medical Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, at the Amsterdam UMC, University Medical Centers.

    Research in our group aims to understand functional dynamics and cell-cell variability of epigenetic gene regulation and its role in the onset of pathological deregulation and progression of disease. We use innovative technologies to modulate the epigenome and perform quantitative, highly sensitive advanced microscopy measurements in individual cells combined with stochastic computer models, machine learning and bioinformatics. An important focus is the role of epigenetic regulation of hormone-sensitive breast cancer and responsiveness to treatment.

    What are you going to do?

    • Teach (and development of education) in BSc and MSc programs of the Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Bèta-gamma, Double degree in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Forensic sciences programs in the Faculty of Science.
    • Supervise BSc and MSc students for individual assignments (including research internships, literature reviews, etc.).
    • Do fundamental biomedical research within the context of our research theme, resulting in scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.
    • Be active in attracting of external funding.
    • Contribute to collaborations with other institutes and/or companies, including biomedical partner institutes in Amsterdam (NKI, Sanquin, Amsterdam UMC).

    What do we require of you?

    • A PhD in life sciences.
    • Expertise in the field of gene regulation, epigenetics, wet and dry lab approaches reflected by (among others) your publication record.
    • Convincing affinity with computer modelling, bioinformatics, complex data analysis, machine learning and being able to combine wet and dry-lab skills.
    • Enthusiasm for setting up innovative techniques and methods.
    • Enthusiasm for, and dedication to, teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels and in developing and organising education.
    • Experience with supervising students for internship and thesis research.
    • 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.
    • Willingness to contribute to attracting external funding.
    • Willingness to foster collaborations with other academic institutes and/or industry.
    • Affinity with responsible innovation and outreach activities.
    • Responsible personality, who likes to support work of our group as a whole.

    Our ideal candidate has:
    • at least four years of research experience in the field of gene regulation/epigenetics, synthetic, systems biology approaches;
    • at least two years of postdoc experience, either nationally or internationally;
    • a prior funding record appropriate for their career stage.

    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 38 hours a week, 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.

    Read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development?

    About us

    The University of Amsterdamis 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 organization? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

    If you are interested but have any hesitation as to whether you would be a fit for this position, please contact:

    • Prof. dr. Pernette J. Verschure

    Job application

    Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 27 January 2022. We aim to invite potential candidates for interviews in the first half of February 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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