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Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Science is looking for an Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

9 dagen geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 40 uur
€ 3608 - € 5330 per maand


The Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP) is seeking highly motivated candidates for appointment to tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Theoretical Physics. Starting date of the appointment is envisaged to be September 2020 or earlier. The candidate is expected to work on theoretical studies of neutron stars, black holes, and/or the gravitational waves from the early universe. This position is part of a recruitment plan to promote gravitational-wave physics at Utrecht University and paired with a full professorship and a tenure-track position in experimental gravitational-wave physics at the Institute of Subatomic Physics and Gravitational Waves. Interdisciplinary cooperation within the Department of Physics, especially with the Institute of Subatomic Physics and Gravitational Waves, as well as with the ongoing (Virgo/LIGO) and and future (Einstein Telescope, LISA) gravitational wave experiments is expected.
The successful candidate is also expected to teach and actively participate in fund acquisition. Teaching involves contributing to the curriculum of the Department of Physics at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels.


The ideal candidate:

  • holds a PhD in Physics;
  • has an outstanding research record in theoretical high energy physics, especially in the field of gravitational-wave physics or in a related field;
  • is expected to develop an independent research group largely based on external funding, and is able to initiate and foster local, national, and international collaborations;
  • is committed to high-quality teaching at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels, for which the candidate is expected to meet the requirements for the basic teaching qualification (BKO) within two years after the start of the appointment.
Publication track record, teaching record, and acquired research funds will be weighed against the number of years of academic experience, also taking into account parental leave. In view of the gender balance we strongly encourage women to apply.


This is an appointment of 0.8 - 1.0 FTE for the duration of five years. In the former case, the candidate is offered a tenure-track position, which will be subject to a mid-term evaluation after approximately 2.5 years and a final evaluation after five years. If the evaluations are positive the position becomes permanent. The criteria to be met and the details of the track will be mutually agreed upon before the appointment, but will include success in research and education. In case of a good performance, an indefinite employment is one of the possibilities.

The minimum gross salary is €3,225 and the maximum gross salary is €5,656 (scale 10-12, depending on the candidate's qualifications and work experience, of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) per month, for a full-time employment. Besides that, you will receive a holiday allowance of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %. Utrecht University also has an appealing package of terms of employment, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme. More information can be found on our website: working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Umut Gursoy (Professor), via u.gursoy@uu.nl or +31 30 253 59 03.


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