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Originele vacaturetekst

Assistant Professor (tenure track) position in Bionanoscience, TU Delft

Faculty Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

The Department of Bionanoscience (www.bn.tudelft.nl) is part of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Delft University of Technology and part of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft (http://kavli.tudelft.nl/).

The Department was established in 2010 and currently consists of 16 research groups, each headed by a faculty member with postdocs, PhD students and technicians, as well as general support staff (total of 160 fte). The Department of Bionanoscience performs pioneering, fundamental research at the interface between physics and biology. Research is aimed at a quantitative, mechanistic understanding of how interactions at the nanoscale lead to biological function or disease at the cellular scale.

The department offers excellent general facilities, including a central optical microscopy facility, a cryo-EM facility, extensive general cell biology and biochemistry facilities, and a large cleanroom facility, the Kavli Nanolab Delft. The Department strives for a collegial, nourishing, and inclusive environment. Since 2012, together with the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Department is co-responsible for a Bachelor and Master program in Nanobiology, which provides a thorough combined training in biology and physics. In addition, the Department contributes to teaching programs in Applied Physics and Life Science and Technology.

Functie omschrijving

We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position from outstanding early-career scientists interested in biology at the smallest scales. Successful candidates are expected to develop a cutting edge experimental and/or theoretical/computational research program. In addition, we expect our new colleague to enthusiastically teach and help develop courses in our BSc and MSc programs.

We welcome applications in the entire range from nanophysics and biochemistry to synthetic- and cell biology. Successful candidates are also expected to interact synergistically with existing research groups. Current research activities include eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell biology, virology, biophysics, synthetic biology, synthetic cells and bionanotechnology.

Successful applicants can expect a competitive start-up package for their research program, which they should further expand by attracting external research funding. Specialized staff members are available at TU Delft to support tenure-track assistant professors in building and strengthening their own research programs and to provide administrative support. Experienced scientists in the Department of Bionanoscience are ready to act as sounding boards and mentors in discussions on scientific and personal development.

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate and Full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit www.tudelft.nl/tenuretrack.

Functie eisen

We seek an assistant professor with an outstanding scientific track record, a researcher with a creative and collaborative mentality who appreciates scientific and engineering challenges in quantitative life sciences and who through their research, management skills, and teaching qualities can inspire co-workers and students alike.

The ideal candidate has:

  • A PhD in a relevant area,

  • Relevant post-doctoral research experience,

  • A high quality publication record,

  • A vision on how to develop a new, independent research line that is complementary to current research in the Department,

  • A passion for education and coaching of students and early-stage researchers,

  • Proficiency in English, and, for foreign candidates, the willingness to learn the Dutch language to a level sufficient for classroom teaching at the BSc level,

  • Motivation and ability to acquire funding, via competitive individual grants, public-private partnerships and/or direct industrial funding,

  • Motivation and ability to contribute to organizational tasks of the department.


At the start of the Tenure Track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. The Department Chair will agree with you upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively and are on track at the end of the Tenure Track, you will be appointed in a permanent Associate Professor position.

TU Delft offers a customizable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Informeren en solliciteren

For more information about this vacancy or about the selection procedure, you can contact Chantal Brokerhof (Department Manager Bionanoscience) via recruitment-BN@tudelft.nl or tel.nr. +31 15 27 89422.

In order to apply, please submit, in addition to your CV and publication record, a research statement (1 A4) and a teaching statement (0.5 A4) and send this this to the attention of C.A. Brokerhof before 31 March 2020, email: recruitment-BN@tudelft.nl. Please refer to vacancy number TNWBN20-008.

This vacancy will remain open until we have found the right candidate.


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