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Assistant professor Microbial Biology (nr. 1)

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) of the Faculty of Science has a vacancy for an Assistant professor Microbial Biology (nr. 1). The faculty …

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Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3637 - € 4978 per maand


The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) of the Faculty of Science has a vacancy for an Assistant professor Microbial Biology (nr. 1).

The faculty has defined a Research Priority Area Systems Biology (RPA-SB) with a focus on modeling host-microbe interactions in different fields of biology. The current vacancy for an assistant professor is part of this RPA-SB. Therefore we expect you to help build the network in this RPA-SB with microbiome specialists in the microbiology groups.

You will be based in the SILS 'Molecular Biology and Microbial Food Safety' group. The central mission of this group is to understand the interaction of microbes and their environment. We focus on the molecular physiology and importance of environmental interactions as signals for growth, survival and death.

There is growing evidence that host-microbe interactions play a significant role in many organisms. In a biomedical context such interactions are crucial for a better understanding and future treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases such as IBS and Crohn’s disease as well as diseases of the upper digestive tract. Since the development of the genomic technologies molecular host-microbe interaction can be studied holistically from a mechanistic point of view.

Data interpretation of the dynamics of microbial consortia in terms of metabolome, proteome, transcriptome and genome is central for the new position. You will be active in generating descriptive and predictive models of microbial behavior to underpin our mechanistic understanding of human intestinal microbial consortia and their role in health and disease. Also you will be involved in teaching in this field.


You should:

  • have a PhD and several years of post-doctoral experience in the area of systems biology and a strong affinity for quantitative microbiology;
  • be able to successfully interact with bioinformatics and data analysis experts;
  • have a good understanding of state of the art data-analysis and modeling packages such as R, Matlab and COBRA;
  • have knowledge of Molecular Cell Biology, Microbiology and Biomedical applications;
  • have a clear affinity with education demonstrated by a University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or the willingness to train to obtain one and
  • 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).


The vacancy is for a permanent position. According to standard university policies this implies that you will be offered a permanent contract, after an initial two year probation period during which you should show your competence in science and teaching.

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 Labour Agreement (Cao) of the Dutch Universities is applicable.

Additional information

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Applications may only be submitted online by clicking this link.

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 19-089 and the position you are applying for.

The closing date is 11 March 2019.