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Assistant professor in experimental soft matter, tenure track

Vacancy number
19-203 A
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
26 April 2019
Closing date
31 July 2019

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The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Physics invite applications for an

Assistant professor in experimental soft matter, tenure track (1.0 FTE)

Project description
The Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) is searching two new faculty members in the area of experimental soft matter and biological physics. For this position, we are particularly interested in candidates with a focus on synthetic (non-living) active matter (e.g. synthetic active fluids, self-propelled particles, etc.) and/or with a unique approach that connects with our existing research lines in self-organization, mechanics and geometry. Besides an assistant professor in experimental soft matter, the institute is also looking for an: Assistant professor in experimental physics at the interface of soft matter and biological physics. In exceptional cases, appointments at associate or full professor level may be considered.

Key responsibilities

  • Establishing an independent, internationally recognized research line in experimental soft matter and publications in leading scientific journals;
  • Acquisition of external funds through research grants;
  • Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level in physics;
  • Supervision of BSc and MSc students in their thesis work;
  • Contribution to the inclusive atmosphere, management and organization of the institute.

Selection criteria

  • Ph.D. degree in physics and research experience at the postdoctoral level;
  • Demonstrated strong interest in an academic career through activities and publication record;
  • Excellent communications skills in English, both written and verbal.
  • Strong commitment to teaching and willingness to further develop teaching skills.

Information tenure track
We offer a tenure track that upon successful performance will lead to promotion to a tenured position as associate professor and upon continued growth in that performance to promotion to a full professor position. We offer a clear and inviting career path, support in the development of your personal and professional skills, for example through coaching and trainings, and an attractive start-up package. A special mentoring program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group as well as with senior staff members in the department. We actively support learning of Dutch through departmentally funded courses.

Soft Matter at the Leiden Institute of Physics
The soft matter community at the Leiden Institute of Physics consists of the groups of Luca Giomi (theoretical soft- and biomechanics), Daniela Kraft (experimental self-assembly of colloidal matter), and Martin van Hecke (experimental/theoretical mechanical metamaterials). The groups are embedded in the Leiden Institute of Physics, which features a broad research spectrum ranging from biological and soft matter to quantum matter and cosmology, as well as a long-standing tradition of excellence in physics research. The institute offers access to state-of-the art research facilities and fosters an international atmosphere with strong interactions among the various groups. Within the Leiden Faculty of Science, the biological and soft matter groups also collaborate on various projects with the Institutes for Chemistry, Biology, and Drug Research.

Research at our faculty
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. We are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,200 staff and almost 4,200 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

For more information, see www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science and  http://workingat.leiden.edu/.

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time, 6 year term position, with the possibility of a tenure position based on performance. Salary range from € 3.637,- to € 4.660,-  gross per month (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Gender balance is an explicit aim of our institute. We strongly encourage women to apply and will give preference to female candidates in case of equal qualifications. We aim to ensure that candidates experience an equitable selection process.

Enquiries can be made to Prof. Jan Aarts, e-mail: director@physics.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Prof. Jan Aarts, telephone: 071- 527 5479. Additional information on research and education at the Leiden Institute of physics can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science/physics

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Barry Cats, e-mail: cats@physics.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • A full CV including a list of publications, your teaching experience and a link to your Google Scholar page;
  • Pdf’s or links to 3 key publications and your PhD thesis;
  • A brief description of your research plan;
  • Name and address of at least three persons that can be contacted for a reference

Only applications received no later than July 31, 2019 can be considered.

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