Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Complex Trait Genetics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Complex Trait Genetics
  • Doctorate
Are you an experienced researcher in the field of Complex Trait Genetics? Do you want to expand your excellence in research and teaching at the Department of Complex Trait Genetics of the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 1

Job description

We are seeking a talented investigator in the field of complex trait genetics with an emphasis on developing statistical methods and tools that integrate results from genetic discovery studies with external biological information (e.g. transcriptomics, proteomics). The candidate will develop an independent and innovative research program using large scale genetic and biological data. In particular, we look for candidates with several years of experience in applied mathematical and statistical modeling, in working with large genetic and biological data-sets, and candidates that are proficient in programming (R, Python or similar). Candidates should be familiar with state-of-the art statistical genetic methods and tools in the context of Genome-wide association studies, and have knowledge about statistics, probability theory and network analysis (including e.g. Structural Equation Modeling, mixed modeling). The successful candidate’s research program will help complement existing expertise within the department for which significant infrastructure, access to data, and operating funds have already been acquired.

Your duties
Successful candidates will be expected to:
  • develop innovative, externally funded independent research programs that augment existing priorities, and result in scientific publications in high quality journals
  • contribute to research in department of Complex Trait Genetics at the CNCR
  • supervise graduate students
  • contribute to undergraduate teaching, both at bachelor as well as master level


  • You have completed a PhD in Mathematics, Statistics, Applied Data Science, or Statistical Genetics, or related field
  • You have at least three years of postdoctoral research training outside the institute where PhD degree was obtained
  • You have a strong publication record
  • You have been able to acquire research funding
  • You have a proven ability for academic supervision and training of students
  • You have  a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), or are willing to obtain such a qualification within the first two years of your tenure track
  • You master the English language at CEFR C1/C2 level
  • Although not a requirement at the date of appointment, it is expected that you will reach CEFR B2 level in Dutch language within the tenure track period

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 €5,656 (scale 12), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 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, permanent employment will be granted.

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
  • solid pension scheme (ABP) 
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 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.

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 Complex Trait Genetics
Research at the department of Complex Trait Genetics focuses on identifying the genetic mechanisms of brain-related traits. We develop novel statistical and bioinformatics tools to optimally analyze large genome-wide data sets for complex traits, combine them with biological data and generate hypotheses that can be tested in functional studies to obtain mechanistic insight.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 25 June 2020.
  • The following supporting documents are required (please submit as single pdf):
  • a cover letter in which you describe your abilities and motivation
  •  curriculum vitae
  • statement of research
  • the names and contact information of two scientific referees
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. Danielle Posthuma
Position: head of department Complex Trait Genetics
Telephone: +31 20 5982823

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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