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Tenure track position in Mathematics and Computer Science for Life Sciences and Health

The CWI Life Sciences and Health (LSH) group is a group of computer scientists and mathematicians who have their research focus on the analysis and design of models and algorithms and their direct application to ...

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 3525 - € 4848 per maand


The CWI Life Sciences and Health (LSH) group is a group of computer scientists and mathematicians who have their research focus on the analysis and design of models and algorithms and their direct application to important challenges in the LSH domain.

Our present research team of computer scientists and mathematicians has expertise in e.g. computational genomics, medical informatics, computational phylogenetics and biological network analysis. We come from diverse methodological backgrounds, such as computational intelligence, computational data science and operations research. Methodologically, we develop new theories, models, algorithms and decision support tools, mostly for problems arising in collaboration with experimental biologists and medical experts. We also actively collaborate in projects with academic hospitals, biological and biochemical research institutes and industry.

Job description

We are looking for a researcher with an excellent track record in computer science or mathematics with clear affinity for and experience with applications in the LSH domain. The candidate is expected to establish a highly visible and successful research program, strengthening existing research lines or establishing new ones that broadly fit within the group’s focus. In general, we are keen on strengthening our expertise in models and algorithms for dealing with modern-day big data challenges in the LSH domain, ranging from machine learning, to optimization and data structures and indexing. LSH-topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to biomedical data science, network (personalized) medicine, large and diverse biological networks, and decision support systems for medical experts.

Besides the LSH group, CWI houses a rich variety of other (usually methodologically oriented) research groups, with whom the candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate. For working on relevant applications the candidate is prepared to actively seek cooperation with experimentally oriented life scientists and medical experts.

The candidate is expected to publish in high impact journals and in proceedings of top-rated conferences, to obtain funding for additional research positions, and to recruit and supervise PhD students as well as junior researchers.


Candidates have an excellent track record of innovative research as exemplified by peer-reviewed publications in leading conferences and journals.

Moreover, candidates have the ambition and potential to acquire fundamental research grants (NWO, EU), applied research grants (NWO, KWF, etc.) and/or external funding from industry partners. Candidates should have a very good command of English and excellent communication skills. Candidates should also should have post-doctoral experience of at least two years, that demonstrates their capacity to meet the requirements of the job.

CWI expects its tenure track researchers to speak Dutch at the end of the tenure track.


The position is for three or five years depending on knowledge and experience of the candidate. At the end of a successful tenure track term a permanent scientific staff position will be offered. Criteria for evaluation comprise a list of publications that is well above average, a demonstrated ability to acquire funding, supervised post docs/PhD student and researchers in training and to build an (inter)national network and reputation.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). Depending on relevant work experience, the gross monthly starting salary for an employee on a full time basis ranges from € 3,525 to € 4,848. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8,33%.

CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees.

Additional information

Applicants with at least two years of postdoctoral experience, should send:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a curriculum vitae with a list of publications;
  • a copy of their three most prominent publications;
  • the names of at least three prominent scientists who can provide letters of recommendation;
  • a research statement and a research plan for the coming years, including plans on how to acquire additional funding.

We especially invite qualified women to apply.

Please send the application before 31 January 2018.

Additional information can be obtained from prof.dr. Leen Stougie, tel. +31 (0) 20 592 4381,

e-mail: Leen.Stougie@cwi.nl

For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nl or watch our video “A Fundamental Difference” about working at CWI: https://www.cwi.nl/jobs/movies-about-cwi.


Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is an institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large.

CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 170 scientists from approximately 25 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.

CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam that is presently developing into a major location of research in the natural sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam and of the Vrije Universiteit as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.

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