PhD - Junior Lecturer position in Mathematics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • PhD - Junior Lecturer position in Mathematics
  • University Graduate
FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The Department of Mathematics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam welcomes applications for the position of a PhD student who also wants to contribute to the educational program of the department as a junior lecturer (and thus acquire teaching experience). The position is for six years (after an initial trial period). The preferred starting date is 1 September 2020, or before. 

You will spend 55-60% of your time working on your PhD research. The research can be in any area of applied or pure mathematics that falls within the expertise available in the department.
In your application you should indicate who you would like your PhD advisor to be; it is essential to contact her/him before applying.

The remainder of your time is devoted to educational activities (35-40%), such as lecturing, supervising internships, working with students to improve their academic skills, initiating and participating in innovation projects related to educational improvement, as well as coordination and organizational tasks (5-10%) related to the educational programs. The mathematics department hosts two state-of-the-art bachelor and master programs in Mathematics and Business Analytics. The precise tasks will be determined in consultation, taking into account your background and interests as well as the needs of the department. You will also acquire a basic qualification in teaching (‘BKO’). 

Your duties

  • doing research towards writing a PhD thesis (55-60% of your time)
  • teaching (35-40% of your time), as well as some organizational activities (5-10%).


  • a (prospective) MSc. degree in Mathematics (or an equivalent thereof) with excellent results
  • some experience in teaching (e.g. as a TA)
  • a desire to develop both your research and teaching skills
  • strong communication skills 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 €2,325 (at the start) and a maximum of €2,972 (from the fourth year), and an allowance based on a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,835 (at the start) and a maximum of €3,514 (in the sixth year) for the educational tasks. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8-1.0 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for further 5 years. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • child daycare facilities available on campus
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment

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.

The Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics strives for excellence in research. The department balances pure mathematical research with mathematical research motivated by applications. Researchers in the department are on one hand active at a fundamental and theoretical level, and, on the other hand, work on applications with links to business, the sciences, and societal issues. The department has a strong international research staff with expertise in dynamical systems, geometry and algebra, as well as in stochastics (statistics, data analytics, probability).  

The department offers bachelor and master programs in mathematics and in business analytics, as well as a master program in stochastics and financial mathematics. In addition, the department provides mathematics courses for other programs of the Faculty of Science, for programs of other faculties in the university, and for Amsterdam University College.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button by 19 April 2020 and upload: a cover letter, a CV, a brief teaching statementa list of courses and grades at the MSc level, a (draft) MSc thesis if available, and the names and e-mail addresses of two references (e.g your MSc thesis advisor and someone who can say something about your teaching).

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Sandjai Bhulai
Position: Professor of Mathematics
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