Assistant Professor in Neurobiology University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences Netherlands

Assistant Professor in Neurobiology

Faculty of Science – Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences


Publication date
16 January 2019

Level of education

Salary indication
€3,637 to €4,978 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week

Closing date
13 February 2019

32 to 38 hours per week

Vacancy number

Are you an enthusiastic colleague experienced with neurobiological skills and much interest in teaching and working with students? Do you want to gain (more) experience in teaching and contribute to the development of education? Then we are specifically looking for you, because this position will include conducting neurobiological research and teaching in the Bachelor and Master programmes of the Faculty of Science.


The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the largest institutes of the Faculty of Science. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centered on three themes:

  1. Cell & Sytems Biology;

  2. Neurosciences, and

  3. Molecular Life Sciences.

In the Lucassen 'Brain Plasticity” group' of SILS we focus on understanding the different levels of adaptation and plasticity of the brain in relation to (early life) stress, nutrition, exercise, inflammation, medication, memory and cognition, and during brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, major depression, epilepsy and Traumatic Brain Injury.


Job description

You will be teaching in the Bachelor Psychobiology and Master programmes (50%) and perform neurobiological research within the themes of the Brain Plasticity group (50%).


The Psychobiology programme is a unique and successful bachelor in which students learn how the brain functions, from molecules to consciousness. Our group runs two Master programmes in the Psychobiology curriculum; one on ‘Psychopharmaca and Pathophysiology’ by Lucassen/Korosi, and one on ‘Brain and Cognitive Sciences’ by Krugers. You will participate in several courses, coordination and activities of the Psychobiology Bachelor and Masters programmes of the Faculty of science.


There is considerable flexibility regarding the neurobiological research you can submit for this position but your main topic should align with common themes in the Brain Plasticity group and e.g. focus on either plasticity at the molecular, cellular, network or developmental/behavioural level. A strong affinity with research on (early) stress (resilience), (mechanisms underlying) learning and memory, network physiology, neurogenesis and development and experience with innovative techniques, molecular work and preclinical/behavioural studies are considered a plus.



For this position you should:

  • have a PhD in neurobiology or adjacent areas;

  • have competence in, experience with and an interest in teaching (preferably BKO qualification);

  • have experience with neurobiological techniques (preferably Electrophysiology, (Molecular) Cell Biology/Histology and/or behaviour);

  • have experience with animal experiments (art. 9);

  • have a strong interest in brain plasticity at different levels;

  • be fluent in Dutch and English (SILS expects its staff to acquire sufficient fluency in the Dutch language within two years of the appointment).


Within the Faculty of Science, newly appointed Assistant Professors , who do not yet have a BKO certificate, follow a didactic training trajectory, which should lead up to completion of a certificate qualifying yourself for academic teaching (basiskwalificatie onderwijs, BKO) within two years.


Further information

Enquiries about the position or any request for additional information may be directed to:

  • Prof. Paul J Lucassen

    T: +31 (0)20 - 525 7631


  • Dr Harm Krugers

    T: +31 (0)20 - 525 7621



The vacancy is for a permanent position. According to standard university policies this implies that Assistant Professors will be offered a permanent contract, after an initial two year probation period during which you should show your competence in science and teaching/education. This means that the appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of two years and after satisfactory performance evaluations, a permanent contract will be offered.


Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary in the first year will be between €3,637 and € 4,978 (scale 11), depending on CV and experience. The Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities is applicable.


Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.


Are you interested?
Applications may only be submitted online by clicking the link below.


Your application must include a CV (including contact details of two academic referees) and a letter of motivation. Please combine these documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.


To enable us to process your application immediately, please quote the vacancy number 19-027 and the position you are applying for.


The closing date is 13 February 2019.

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