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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Computer-Aided Organic Synthesis (1.0 FTE) /

Vacancy number 221108

Job Description

We are looking for an Assistant Professor who can strengthen our position in the field of Computer-Aided Organic Synthesis.

Computer-Aided Organic Synthesis is an emerging subfield of synthetic chemistry, in which computer-based approaches are used to develop strategies to identify design principles behind molecular reactivity, predict reactivities of individual molecules in different chemical environments, explore the landscape of potential reactions and to find the most promising synthesis pathways to complex molecules. These in silico approaches are complemented by lab work to implement these strategies experimentally and harness the added value of the computer-aided approach.

As Assistant Professor you will:

  • set up and develop your own research line and research group

  • supervise PhD students

  • acquire external funding

  • promote the societal relevance of your research

  • teach in and contribute to the development of the degree programmes in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (BSc & MSc)

  • contribute to the organisation of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.

At the stage of Assistant Professor 60% of your time is for research, 30% for teaching activities and 10% for organizational tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

  • a PhD degree in organic chemistry or a related field

  • at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD(can be compensated for after the appointment via extended research visits abroad)

  • excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences

  • a relevant international network
  • excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences
  • a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage

  • demonstrable organizational competences

  • cross-cultural sensitivity

  • good command of spoken and written English

And you are:
  • a team player with good communication skills

  • able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources

  • willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years

  • able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years.


The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry ( focuses on research in molecular and supramolecular chemistry, with overarching impact on biology, chemical engineering, and physics based on fundamental organic and inorganic chemistry. The Stratingh Institute has an (inter-)national excellent position in synthetic chemistry and catalysis in the Dutch chemical landscape, and is recognised as a stronghold for synthesis.

Conditions of Employment

We offer you a full-time position as Assistant Professor in our faculty's tenure track system Career Paths in Science and:

  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from 3,746 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of 5,826 gross per month (salary scale 12 depending on your career stage) for a full-time position

  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus

  • a pension scheme

  • maternity and parental leave

  • the possibility to work part-time (0.9 FTE or 0.8 FTE)

  • a mentor programme and a broad range of opportunities for personal development
  • dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen:

As an Assistant Professor, you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship in approximately 10 years. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 7 years and your performance will be assessed after 5 years. This moment may be extended with at most one year in case of a life event (e.g., prolonged illness or maternity leave). If your assessment is positive, you will get a tenured appointment as an Associate Professor. After another 4 to 7 years, you will be assessed for promotion to the position of Full Professor.


We invite you to submit a complete application including:

  • a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position

  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and a list with names of reference

  • a list of five self-selected 'best papers'

  • a statement of your teaching goals and experience

  • a description of your scientific interest and plans

You can submit your application until 20 April 11:59pm / before 21 April 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form, please see:

The (online) selection interviews will take place in the second half of May 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Prof. Adri Minnaard,

Dr Gal Schaeffer,

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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