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Assistant Professor Bio-Analytical Chemistry

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
07 July 2020
Closing date
15 August 2020

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The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) are looking for an

Assistant Professor Bio-Analytical Chemistry

Key responsibilities
In this position you will contribute to the teaching program of the bachelor and master programmes of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (~50%) and perform research (~50%).

The research groups Analytical Biosciences & Metabolomics (headed by Thomas Hankemeier) and Biomedical Microscale Analytics (headed by Rawi Ramautar) at the LACDR have an internationally recognized reputation in the field of metabolomics, with a strong track record in designing novel (microscale) analytical tools. The two research groups play a pivotal role in teaching the basics and advances of analytical chemistry and metabolomics in the education program of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. By employing research-based teaching, students are trained in the state-of-the-art analytical techniques and approaches for drug analysis and metabolomics.

Teaching tasks will include small and large group teaching on Bio-Analytical Chemistry or general scientific skills as well as individual supervision of students during research projects and thesis writing. As member of the core teaching team for the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences programmes you will be responsible for implementation of teaching innovation and alignment of the overall curricula. 

Next to teaching, you will be part of a team of scientists working on a number of exciting metabolomics-driven projects in the area of clinical and drug research, organ-on-a-chip technology, computational modelling and AI, and epidemiology and translational medicine. Your task will be to lead the development of the required novel technologies and strategies, including study design, data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation of metabolomics data. For this you can use  our state-of-the art infrastructure. You will integrate metabolomics data with other omics and metadata as part of national and international collaborations. You will study data from clinical and preclinical samples, including innovative patient-derived organ-on-a-chip models and you will become part of novel initiatives being built with several biobanks and medical centres and the pharma industry.

You will be appointed at the Division of Systems Biomedicine and Pharmacology of the LACDR, which consists of 6 Principal Investigator (PI) groups performing research in the areas of bio-analytical chemistry, metabolomics, biophysics, and (systems) pharmacology/pharmacometrics.

The responsibilities of the position include:

  • Teaching and participating in educational programmes of LACDR;
  • (Co-)Coordinating and managing teaching courses within the indicated research groups;
  • Designing novel education tools and concepts, especially for online learning environment;
  • Mentoring/tutoring BSc students;
  • Supervision of MSc and PhD students;
  • Develop own research line on metabolomics methods and interpretation of metabolomics data;
  • Grant writing and acquisition of projects.

Selection criteria

  • PhD in (Bio-)Analytical Chemistry, Metabolomics, Biochemistry, or comparable;
  • Ample teaching experience, preferably in possession of a University Teaching Qualification (BKO), or willing to acquire that within 2 years after appointment;
  • Experience with design and/or application of novel education concepts and tools is a plus;
  • Strong team player with proven organisational skills;
  • Experience with mass spectrometry-based metabolomics;
  • Experience with biostatistics, cheminformatics and modelling;
  • Excellent communication skills in English (both in speaking and writing);
  • Able to speak and communicate in Dutch, or willing to learn Dutch soon.

Our organisation
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 have top priorities. Our people 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 contribute to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the faculty is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, to chemistry, bio-pharmaceutical sciences biology, and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2200 staff and almost 4400 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.

Terms and conditions 
We offer a full-time position for six years. Salary range from  3.746,- to  5.127,- 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. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see our website.

A program for courses to further develop supervision, teaching and leadership skills is available.  Obtaining your BKO teaching qualification within 2 years is a requirement for this position.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Rawi Ramautar, e-mail r.ramautar@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl 

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to r.ramautar@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A CV highlighting research and teaching experience;
  • Two written letters of recommendation by former supervisors.

Only applications received no later than Augustus 15th 2020 can be considered.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.


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