Tenure-track Assistant Professors in Pure Mathematics, including Westerdijk Fellowships Utrecht University, Mathematical Institute of the Department of Mathematics Netherlands

Tenure-track Assistant Professors in Pure Mathematics, including Westerdijk Fellowships


Job description

Are you a Mathematician working in algebraic, arithmetic or differential geometry (including number theory, automorphic forms, algebraic topology, geometric analysis, Lie theory, and mathematical logic)? Then you might be interested in the position of Assistant Professor in Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of Utrecht University.



You will play a committed role in all aspects of academic life. Ideally, your eligibility is exemplified by:

  • a PhD in mathematics or related discipline;
  • significant research achievements and promise for the future;
  • track record of international publications in leading journals;
  • high potential for the acquisition of external research funds;
  • readiness to supervise postdocs and/or PhD students;
  • a committed role in (inter-)national activities in scientific and/or societal communities;
  • commitment towards teaching and student supervision;
  • the ability to teach in and develop teaching material for Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Mathematics, based on an in-depth understanding of current developments in the field;
  • ideas about organising events, such as research conferences, workshops and seminars;
  • willingness to acquire a working knowledge of the Dutch language within the first two years of the appointment.


In view of our policy to improve the gender balance we strongly encourage women to apply.


The appointment is at the level of Assistant Professor, initially for a period of 5 years. The position will be subject to a mid-term evaluation after approximately 2.5 years and an end-term evaluation. Following a positive evaluation the position will become permanent after 5 years. In case of sufficient seniority, the position can be tenured at a higher level.

Female candidates will be considered for a Westerdijk Fellowship, an attractive startup package created by the Faculty of Science in order to increase its number of female scientists. The Fellowships are named after Johanna Westerdijk, appointed in 1917 on the chair of Plant Pathology at Utrecht, who was the first female professor in The Netherlands.

The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,637 and €4,978 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model).

Facilities for sports and child care are available on our campus, which is only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht. Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old centre and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its centuries-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most attractive cities to live in the Netherlands.


For international employees the University offers help with finding housing, child care and schools, as well as a partner programme and a Dutch language course.


About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Science comprises six Departments: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy. The Faculty is home to 5,600 students and nearly 1,500 staff and is internationally renowned for the high quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society. Read the overall impression of the Faculty of Science.


The Mathematical Institute of the Department of Mathematics organises and teaches the Bachelor's curricula in Mathematics as well as the (English-taught) Master's programme in Mathematics and some service teaching in mathematics. The Institute currently comprises about 10 Full Professors, 20 further faculty members, 25 PhD candidates, 10 Postdocs, and teaches 500 students. The Institute is internationally recognised for its research in both pure and applied mathematics. It houses the Utrecht Geometry Centre and maintains a long-standing tradition of transdisciplinary collaboration with other scientific fields including, among others, atmosphere/ocean sciences, computational life sciences, mathematical biology, medical and seismic imaging and theoretical physics. We participate in university focus areas in Complex Systems and Applied Data Science.


Additional information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Dr. G.L.M. (Gunther) Cornelissen, chair of the search committee, via g.cornelissen@uu.nl.


If you are interested in this position, please submit your application before 31 January 2019 via the application button below.


For initial selection, we ask you to submit the following files electronically:

  • a cover letter;
  • your curriculum vitae, including publication list;
  • research statement (no longer than two pages (A4));
  • teaching statement (no longer than one page (A4)).


In addition we ask that at least three letters of recommendation, one of which should (also) address teaching, are submitted directly by the recommendation letter writers to secretariat.board.math@uu.nl, before the application deadline.


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