Postdoctoral Fellowships Grants in the Foundations and Applications of Emergence
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science

Postdoctoral Fellowships Grants in the Foundations and Applications of Emergence

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Science
Educational level:  Promoted
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  30 September 2022
Vacancy number:  9212

Foundations and Applications of Emergence (FAEME) has three open positions for three year postdoctoral fellowships.
FAEME seeks senior postdocs whose research is at the interface between at least two of the institutes: the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI), the Institute of Physics (IoP), the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), the Informatics Institute (IvI), the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API). 

You will join an excellent team of scientists that conducts exciting interdisciplinary research within emergence in areas such as (quantum) information theory, non-equilibrium statistical physics, theory of critical phenomena, experiments on (quantum) systems and living systems, chemical ecology, reaction networks, multiscale modelling, machine learning, complex system theory, agent-based modelling, causal inference, evolutionary game theory, network analysis, phases of matter, biophysics, emergent spacetime, and stochastic methods. Your research to be carried out at FAEME should be aligned with the Core Problem of Emergence. For ongoing projects within the various research clusters involved within FAEME, see DIEP@UvA (see also DIEP Fellows), AI4Science Lab, and AMCOOL; see also the Project Hub for inspiration.

In order to elaborate your cover letter and future research intent, we recommend that you contact researchers associated with FAEME for potential projects and interest.

We expect you to be able to work with a high degree of independence and serve as a driving force for your research subject. We also expect you to participate and help with FAEME's activities (e.g. seminars, workshops and other educational activities such as the Emergence course) and contribute to the creation of an exciting research environment.
The position is open to suitable candidates with a PhD in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, logic, biology, ecology or astrophysics. The candidates should have (some) experience as an independent researcher, and excellent organisational, communication and cooperation skills.

What are you going to do

You are expected to:

  • Perform, high level research (analytical theory, numerical modelling or logical-semantical foundations, experiment, formal proofs etc.) related to the above topics or a closely related field.
  • Be able to work together with several other researchers within FAEME from different background (mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, logic, biology, ecology or astronomy).
  • The research fellow will be integrated within the research interests of at least two of the following institutes: IoP (physics), HIMS (chemistry), IILC (logic), KdV (mathematics), Ivl (computer science), IBED (biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics) and API (astronomy).
  • Act as central beacon on the research topic within FAEME.
  • Assist in organising workshops, seminars or educational activities related to FAEME topics.

What do you have to offer

  • A PhD in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, logic, biology, ecology, or astronomy.
  • Experience as an independent researcher.
  • Excellent organisational, communication and cooperation skills.

Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for 38  hours per week for a period of 3 years. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,846 to € 4,490 (scale 10). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. The UFO profile researcher is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable. The fellowship includes a 5k€ travel budget per year and access to funding for visitors and workshop organisation. 

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • a complete educational program for PhD students;
  • multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 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.

Foundations and Applications of Emergence (FAEME) is a research priority area at the Faculty of Science (FNWI) at the University of Amsterdam founded in 2022. FAEME gathers expertise from the research clusters DIEP@UvAAI4Science Lab and AMCOOL, and is a joint effort of the Institute of Physics (IoP), the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI), the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), the Informatics Institute (IvI), the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Dynamics (IBED) and Anton Pannekoek Institue for Astronomy (API).

Its goal is to create an interdisciplinary research programme among these different institutes that aims at understanding the foundations of emergence and tackle emergent phenomena. FAEME gathers expertise covering subjects such as (quantum) information theory, non-equilibrium statistical physics, theory of critical phenomena, experiments on (quantum) systems and living systems, reaction networks, multiscale modelling, machine learning, complex system theory, agent-based modelling, causal inference, evolutionary game theory, network analysis and stochastic methods.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

Any questions

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Dr. Jay Armas,

Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 30 September 2022.  We will recruit until the positions are filled. The selection process commens immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found, even if this is prior to the final date of the application window.

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • A cover letter including motivation and explaining how your research fits into FAEME, what institutes could be involved, potential co-workers and research subjects (DIEP@UvA , DIEP FellowsAI4Science Lab, and AMCOOL; see also the Project Hub for inspiration).
  • A research statement about what topics or research programme you would like to pursue while at FAEME and how.
  • Your CV, including publication list.
  • The name and email address of three referees, who will be contacted when you are shortlisted.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize 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.

If you encounter Error GBB451, reach out to our HR Department directly. They will gladly help you continue your application.

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