Full Professor in Econometrics and statistics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Full Professor in Econometrics and statistics
  • Doctorate
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam School of Business and Economics offers the position of
Full Professor in Econometrics and statistics.

FTE: 1

Job description

We are seeking a new talented and energetic Full Professor who contributes to building and extending our excellence in the research and teaching of Econometrics and Statistics. In particular, the new Professor can focus on the new and fundamental research agenda of high-dimensional statistical theory, and to develop an optimal environment for this wide-ranging research area. The chair “Econometrics and Statistics” aims to establish a platform for developing research, teaching, and valorisation initiatives in these directions. Given the current research interests of our young faculty, the new professor will take a leading role in the research and teaching agenda in Econometrics and Statistics. Our teaching programs have high standards and are well acclaimed and recognised (inside and outside the Netherlands). The new professor will seek new initiatives to keep our teaching programs at the current level of excellence in course content and program design. Our overall aim is to stay at the forefront of Econometrics teaching, especially in view of the fast-growing interest in Data Science. The new professor will have leadership qualities to be able to take roles in the management of the department, the teaching programs, and valorisation activities.

Your duties
  • carrying out innovative research and publish this research at international top journals in your field
  • creating a stimulating and motivating learning environment for students in econometrics, statistics, and data science by teaching courses and supervising students in these areas
  • being active in acquiring additional research funds, both individually and as a team effort with your colleagues


  • a PhD degree in Econometrics, Mathematics, or a related field
  • strong research potential, teaching experience with excellent evaluations, track-record in valorization
  • experience of supervising MSc and PhD students;
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • fluency 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 €5,582 (H2)
and a maximum €8,127 (H2), 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.

The employment contract will affect an undetermined period.

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. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.

The Department of Econometrics and Operations Research is driven for science with purpose, pushing the academic frontier by publishing at the highest level  in the top international journals in our field and collaborating with outside partners to link academic advancement with real world problems. Teaching wise, our mission is to empower students with the methodological skills and enduring curiosity to contribute to solving today’s challenges in business and economics. Read more about our top-rated BSc in Econometrics and Operations Research, our recent BSc specialization in Econometrics and Data Science, our top-rated MSc in Econometrics and Operations Research and our highly successful minor programme Applied Econometrics. We also actively participate in the Tinbergen Institute and Amsterdam Business Research Insitute, our internationally renowned joint graduate schools in Business and Economics. The department offers many collaboration opportunities for econometricians and data scientists, both within the department (dynamic econometrics, prediction, non-parametric and adaptive models, optimization methods, network economics), across departments of SBE (finance, marketing, labor and geno economics, spatial economics), and across schools (business analytics, mathematical statistics, artificial intelligence, life sciences).


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 23 April 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Siem Jan Koopman
Position: Professor of Econometrics
E-mail: s.j.koopman@vu.nl

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