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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Functional Molecular Materials /

(1.0 FTE) (220097)

Job Description

We are looking for an Assistant Professor who can strengthen our position in the field of materials and coatings. The candidate will be part of the Systems Chemistry unit, building a research group in the field of functional molecular materials through the design, synthesis and physical characterization of molecular systems and establishing a strong and internationally recognized center of expertise in this field. Applications range from functional coatings, energy storage, biomedical materials to self-healing coatings. As part of the ARC CBBC, the candidate will have ample opportunities to strengthen academic and industrial cooperation with other CBBC partners (from the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology, Shell, AkzoNobel, Nouryon and BASF).

As Assistant Professor you will:

  • set up and develop your own independent research line and research group

  • supervise PhD students

  • acquire external funding

  • promote the societal relevance of your research

  • teach in and contribute to the development of the degree programmes in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

  • contribute to the organization of the faculty.

At the stage of Assistant Professor 60% of your time is for research, 30% for teaching activities and 10% for organizational tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

  • a PhD degree in organic chemistry or a related field

  • at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD, and a relevant international network

  • excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals

  • a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage

  • demonstrable organizational competences

  • cross-cultural sensitivity

  • good command of spoken and written English

And you are:
  • a team player with good communication skills

  • able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources

  • willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years

  • able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years.


The University of Groningen is a research university, currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists. The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University, offering first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry ( and affiliated with the nationwide ARC CBBC programme (

Conditions of Employment

We offer you a full-time position as an Assistant Professor in our faculty's tenure track system Career Paths in Science and in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from 3,637 up to a maximum of 5,656 gross per month (scale 11 or 12) for a full-time position

  • holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary;

  • a pension scheme

  • paid parental leave

  • the possibility to work part-time (90% or 80%)

  • dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen:

As Assistant Professor you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship in approximately 10 years. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 7 years and your performance will be assessed after 5 years. Please consider Career Paths in Science for a complete description of our tenure track system as well as the criteria for promotion:


We invite you to submit a complete application including:

  • a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position

  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and names of references

  • a list of five self-selected 'best papers'

  • a statement of your teaching goals and experience

  • a description of your scientific interest and plans

You may apply for this position until 19 April 11.59pm / before 20 April 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on Apply here).

The selection interviews will take place in Groningen in the second half of May or in june 2020.

The University of Groningen is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the NVP Recruitment Code and the European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers from the European Commission.

Unosolicited marketing is not appreciated.


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