Tenure track Assistant/Associate/Personal Professor Soft Matter

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9 augustus 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Natural Sciences
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We are looking for

We are looking for an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Personal Professor (Tenure Track) in the field of soft matter chemistry and/or physics. We expect you to develop your own research line, to attract research funds for this line, and to build up a leading international position. The direction of your research activities is fairly open, but should be highly original, challenging, and complementary to existing expertise in our chair group. As a teacher, you are expected to guide and motivate our students – both at introductory and more advanced levels - and to develop new courses.

We ask

You are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player, devoted to research and education in the field of soft matter chemistry and/or physics.

You also have:

  •  a successfully completed academic study in physical chemistry, (bio)physics, chemical engineering, or comparable discipline (MSc level, recognized in the Netherlands);
  • a PhD in soft matter chemistry or physics, or a comparable discipline;
  • knowledge and expertise in polymer science, colloids, soft matter (theoretical and/or experimental);
  • outstanding research achievements and an excellent track record of publications in leading journals;
  •  experience with management of complex projects;
  •  experience with acquisition of research funding, as shown for example by awarded scholarships or grants;
  • excellent communication and collaboration skills;
  • an (international) network and the communication skills required for competitive (international) project acquisition;
  • didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
  • the ambition to develop to full professor in a Tenure Track system.

We offer

We offer you a challenging career trajectory called Tenure Track within the chair group Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter. This challenging career path starts at the level of assistant professor, from which you can grow into an associate professor and obtain ius promovendi. There is also the possibility to grow to personal professor. Depending on your experience and track record, you can enter at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Personal Professor. Of course, training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. As we will only be selecting outstanding candidates to take part in Tenure Track, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen University & Research or elsewhere.
We offer a temporary contract with the possibility of extension and finally a permanent position. The salary will depend on expertise and experience. Gross salary for Assistant Professors from € 3.475,-. to
€ 5.405,-. per month and for Associate Professors from € 4.851,-. to € 5.861,-. per month based on full time employment and depending on expertise and experience. In addition we offer an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end- of-year bonus (8.3%), the ABP Pension scheme and training and career development. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may also qualify for a special tax relief, in which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax.
A start-up package, which includes funds for appointing temporary staff, is negotiable. 

More information

Additional information
For more information about this position, please contact prof. J. van der Gucht (chair), telephone number +31 317 483066, For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Mrs. N. de Vries (HRM advisor) telephone number +31 317486148.

You can apply online at until 21/9/2018. In your application, please include your vision about research and education in the Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter field (max. 2 pages).

We are

The chair group Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter of the Agrotechnology & Food Science group is an active and internationally oriented group of researchers (2 full prof., 2 associate prof., 3 assistant prof., 4 ac. teachers, ~30 PhD students). Keywords that characterize our style of working are: freedom to explore own initiatives, working in a team (mutual coaching), open-door-communications, experiments supported by theory. We offer expertise in colloids, inhomogeneous polymer systems including self-consistent field modelling, self-assembly of amphiphiles including lipids and (bio)polymers (employing various mechanisms of assembly) and non-linear rheology of soft matter systems. Our research aims at development of the scientific field as well as application in typical Wageningen themes such as food and environmental sciences. We have well-equipped laboratory with techniques such as (light) scattering, AFM, rheometry, mechanical analysis, confocal and TIRF microscopy, optical tweezers, ellipsometry, calorimetry, surface characterization methods, and facilities for polymer and colloid synthesis, as well as technical support for custom-made equipment.

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen University & Research, an organisation that brings together fundamental and applied scientific research. We work on creating ‘healthy food in a biobased society’ with private sector companies, research institutes and government agencies in the Netherlands and abroad. Our innovations play a crucial role in solving the major issues which affect society today. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are key in all that we do. In short, we are a major international employer offering considerable potential for your career.

Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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