Faculty Position in Analysis of Dynamical Systems
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science

Tenure track position in Analysis or Dynamical Systems - Assistant/Associate professor

Publication date 23 April 2020

Closing date 7 June 2020

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,637 to €6,738 gross per month

Vacancy number 20-251

Are you a mathematician working in analysis or dynamical systems who is passionate about scientific research and education and enjoys participating in multi-disciplinary projects?

At the Analysis group of the Korteweg-de Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde (KdVI), the mathematical research institute of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, we are looking for a new colleague with expertise in the broad field of analysis. The possibility for scientific interaction with the current Analysis group, in particular with the Pure Analysis and Dynamical Systems group, is considered a plus, but applicants from all areas of analysis will be considered for the position.

The Analysis group of the KdVI consists of two subgroups: the group working on Numerical Analysis and Applied Analysis, and the group working on Pure Analysis and Dynamical Systems.

In the numerical analysis group solution methods for PDEs are developed and analysed, in particular adaptive methods and the construction of preconditioners. Further topics of current research are problems from numerical linear algebra, computational geometry, and MR Fingerprinting reconstructions. The research in the dynamical systems group concerns low-dimensional systems in both real and complex variables. In recent years there has been particular interest in semi-group actions and iterated function systems, and on dynamical systems emerging naturally in statistical physics.

What are you going to do?

The project aims to understand the effect of ion type and concentration on the conformation and multimerization properties of beta-galactosidase, an industrially relevant enzyme. You will develop a molecular simulation protocol to compute the affinity of β-galactosidase for ions, which will be employed to predict the effects of ions on the dimerization and tetramerization properties of β-galactosidase. The predictions will be tested by AF4-MALS experiments.


You are expected to:

  • further develop your own research line by publishing in high level international journals, presenting at leading conferences and supervising PhD students;
  • set up a research group and co-manage and scientifically co-direct the Analysis group;
  • acquire funding from sources such as NWO (e.g. VIDI), H2020 (e.g. ERC starting/consolidator grant) and industry;
  • contribute to the education of bachelor and master students within the mathematics programmes teaching for other departments, and teaching in the national master programme;
  • collaborate with other groups, institutes and/or companies inside and outside the UvA by contributing statistical expertise to (joint) research projects;
  • show good organisational citizenship behaviour at relevant levels within the institution of the Faculty of Science.

What do we require?

  • A PhD in Mathematics;
  • excellent research skills, evidenced by a track record of publications in renowned international journals, and contributed and/or invited talks at international conferences/workshops;
  • a strong background, experience and expertise in research in analysis or dynamical systems;
  • teaching experience at university level and proven didactic abilities;
  • preferably some experience with the (co-)supervision of BSc, MSc and/or PhD students;
  • proven ability to attract external funding and experience in the process of proposal writing;
  • the willingness to contribute to valorisation efforts and to foster collaborations with other academic institutes and industry;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • management skills required for general academic administration, organisation and coordination tasks;
  • excellent communication skills, good command of English and willingness to learn the Dutch language (obtaining level B1 after three years of the appointment);
  • at least two years of postdoc experience and international experience is expected but not strictly necessary.

We will base our selection on your scientific track record and on your vision for future research, as well as on your teaching achievements, qualifications, and vision for future teaching.

Our offer

We offer you a tenure-track agreement for five years (which is part of a six-year temporary contract). At the start, we will draw up an agreement with you, specifying the tenure-track requirements for research, teaching and management tasks that need to be fulfilled in order to assess progress after three years and after five years. The requirements in this agreement are negotiable and depend on your experience and scientific profile. Following a positive assessment after five years, the employmnt contract will become permanent.

Start dates are negotiable. The positions will be filled at the level of Assistant or Associate professor, depending on qualifications. The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum of €3,637 up to a maximum of €6,738 gross per month (salary scale 11-14) based on full-time employment. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.  The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science and KdVI

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Korteweg-de Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde (KdVI) is the mathematical research institute of the Faculty of Science. The KdVI offers a stimulating scientific environment in which research focuses mainly within the research programmes (1) Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics, (2) Pure, Applied and Numerical Analysis, and (3) Stochastics. It also provides the lecturers and instructors for the mathematics teaching within the Science faculty and within the national programme Mastermath. The KdVI participates in the NWO research clusters GQT, STAR, NDNS+, DIAMANT, and the NWO-Gravity programmes NETWORKS and the Quantum Software Consortium. There is formal (and informal) collaboration with the Centrum voor Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the VU University and the financial industry. The KdVI organises popularising activities such as ’Leve de Wiskunde’, Masterclasses and online webclasses. The institute has about 30 faculty members and 40 postdocs and PhD students.

The Analysis group of the KdVI consists of two subgroups: the Numerical Analysis and Applied Analysis group headed by Prof. Rob Stevenson, and the Pure Analysis and Dynamical Systems group headed by Prof. Han Peters. The Analysis group contains three other full-time staff members, one part-time staff member, one postdoc and a number of PhD students. The research in the pure analysis and dynamical systems group addresses dynamics of both real and complex dynamical systems in low dimensions. The group currently closely interacts with the discrete mathematics group of the KdVI. The research in the Numerical Analysis and Applied Analysis group addresses numerical solution methods for PDE's, as well as problems from computational geometry and medical imagining.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Prof. Han Peters
    T: +31 (0)20 525 8358 

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 7 June 2020. You may apply online by using the button below.
Applications should include the following information in a single PDF file:

  • a motivation letter (1 page maximum);
  • a curriculum vitae, including list of publications and teaching track record;
  • a research statement (2 pages maximum);
  • a teaching statement (1 page maximum);
  • contact information (name, email and telephone number) for three references from different institutes.

We are highly motivated to further improve the gender balance in the KdVI, and we strongly encourage female candidates to apply. #LI-DNP

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