Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Science, Business & Innovation

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Science, Business & Innovation
  • Doctorate
The division of Science, Business & Innovation has an opening for an enthusiastic scientist who is able to integrate natural and social science for innovation in a business- and market-oriented context. Are you interested in teaching, researching and valorizing science-based knowledge at the intersection of academia and business? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 1

Job description

We are looking for a candidate who is able and motivated to work at the intersection of natural science and social science, with the aim to teach, research and valorize natural science-induced and technology-driven innovation in a business- and market-based context. The position is one of the pivotal positions in the Science, Business & Innovation (SBI) division, which focuses on the R&D-to-market chains of inventions and breakthroughs in sustainable energy & sustainability and in life & health sciences. Important topics that are integrated by the division are: sustainable energy, sustainability, life & health, entrepreneurship, innovation, business, and markets.
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
  • Coordinate and teach attractive and state-of-the-art courses and projects in the area of natural science-induced and technology-driven innovation in a business- and market-context
  • Conduct creative and frontrunning research in the field of natural science-induced and technology-driven innovation in a business- and market-context.
  • Develop and maintain a sparkling network of contacts in academia, governments and business and use this network for mutual valorization purposes
  • Communicate and collaborate with various stakeholders in the R&D-to-market chain for research, education and valorization
  • Acquire external funding for research and supervise PhD students.
  • Participate in management tasks in the division


  • You have completed a PhD degree in an area that focuses on or relates to science-induced and technology-driven innovation in a business- and market setting
  • You have experience in research, teaching and valorization in the focal areas of the SBI division
  • You have demonstrated an ability to initiate and build a coherent research line
  • You have a basic teaching qualification (BKO), or an equivalent qualification from a university outside the Netherlands or are willing to obtain such a qualification during your tenure/career track

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 at least 1 FTE.

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, initially for the duration of 5 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, a permanent contract will be granted.
The tenure track position is starting at the level of assistant professor in the areas of research, teaching and management.

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

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 division
The division SBI has approximately 6.5 fte permanent staff and is responsible for directing, managing and coordinating of the BSc and MSc programs in Science, Business & Innovation. These two programs are a collaboration between the Faculty of Science, the School of Economics and Business and the Faculty of Social Science of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. These three entities all supply tailored disciplinary courses, projects and knowledge to the programs. Integrative multi- and transdisciplinary courses, projects and knowledge are brought to the program by the division SBI. Research in the division focuses on natural science-based technology driven innovation, entrepreneurship and valorization in sustainable energy and in life and health practices.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 15 April 2020. The job interviews are planned for April/May 2020; when possible please take them 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. P.C. van der Sijde
Position: Professor in Science, Business & Innovation

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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