Assistant professor (tenure track) in Crustal Tectonics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant professor (tenure track) in Crustal Tectonics
  • Doctorate
Are you an experienced researcher in the field of crustal tectonics with an emphasis on the interaction of small-scale to crustal scale deformation, fluid flow, and/or heat transfer? Do you want to make a contribution to our Earth Science department through excellence in research and teaching? Are you keen to use this knowledge to tackle societal issues related to sustainability and/or natural hazards? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
FTE: 0.8 – 1

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague who will develop a new line of research within the field of crustal tectonics focused on, for example, geothermal energy, carbon storage/sequestration, basin analysis, crustal seismology, economic geology, fault/fracture dynamics or fluid flow. The position involves teaching in structural geology and tectonics at the BSc and MSc level, and supervision of BSc and MSc research projects. Management tasks will be part of the job, including an opportunity to lead and further develop the ‘subsurface resources’ stream in our MSc Earth Sciences programme.
Gender balance and diversity are important to us: Female candidates and/or minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. In the case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to female candidates/minorities.
Your duties
  • Carry out creative research in the field of crustal tectonics by acquiring external funding and publishing your results in high-profile journals
  • Make impact on the field as witnessed by citations and presentations at (international) meetings
  • Translate your expertise into effective collaborations with partners in academia and/or industry
  • Apply your knowledge to tackle societal issues related to sustainability and/or natural hazards
  • Acquire external funding for research
  • Build up a successful research group and supervise PhD students
  • Coordinate and teach courses offered in BSc and MSc Earth Science programmes
  • Contribute to teaching curriculum development in the area of subsurface resources
  • Participate in management tasks of the department


  • You have completed a PhD degree in the Earth Sciences, specializing in tectonics, structural geology or geodynamics
  • You have several years of research experience (proven by publications) and/or at least 2 years of experience in non-academic research organisations or related industry (proven by publications/ reports and project acquisition)
  • You have demonstrated the ability to initiate and build up an independent line of research
  • You have experience in teaching (development and/or coordination of courses) in the field of Earth Sciences
  • You have a basic teaching qualification (BKO), an equivalent qualification from a university outside the Netherlands, or are willing to obtain such a qualification during your tenure track
  • Although not a requirement at the date of appointment, it is expected that you will reach a C1 level in both Dutch and English before the end of your tenure track. The BSc courses in the department are taught in Dutch, while the MSc courses are taught in English

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 (scale 11) and a maximum €4,978 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8 - 1 FTE.
We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, initially for the duration of 6 years. Within an agreed period, tenure could be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. During the tenure, the performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, and acquisition of prestigious personal grants or equivalent project funding. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted.
The tenure track position is starting at the level of assistant professor in the areas of research, teaching and management (40% : 40% : 20%).
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus 
  • solid pension scheme (ABP) 
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package as well as good child daycare facilities available on campus and good paid parental leave arrangement.

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the department
The Department of Earth Sciences has ~35 permanent staff, and is responsible for the BSc and MSc programmes in Earth Sciences and contributes to teaching programmes in Hydrology and Earth Sciences & Economics. Research in the department is focused on two general areas: Geology & Geochemistry and Earth & Climate. The Department’s excellence in teaching is underlined by its high scores in annual national student evaluations.
The advertised position is in the Geodynamics and Tectonics group of Geology & Geochemistry, which focuses on a diverse range of topics, including, but not limited to, subduction, mountain building, plate tectonics, ocean basin formation, mantle flow, lithospheric deformation and surface topography. 


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 11 March 2020. The job interviews are planned for April/May 2020, when possible please take this into account when applying for the position.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Dr. Wouter P. Schellart
Position: Professor in Geodynamics and Tectonics
Telphone: +31205986109

Relocation support
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Wytske Siegersma
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telephone: +31 20 59 85037

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