Assistant Professor of Biological Neurochemistry (Tenure Track)

Scientific Topics

Website Radboud University

  • 32 – 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 4,978
  • Faculty of Science
  • Required background: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 6 years
  • Application deadline: 7 July 2020

We are looking for

Biological neurochemistry is at the crossroads of chemistry and neuroscience. This young, emerging field adopts methods that are traditionally used in chemistry to apply them to biological systems. Relatively few scientists are currently working in this new, exciting field that offers ample opportunities to develop and apply novel chemical biology and/or medicinal chemistry methods to tackle relevant neuroscience questions in biology and medicine. This is expected to lead to groundbreaking novel insights in neuroscience and beyond. The ideal candidate for this position is a neuroscientist who has studied chemistry or biochemistry and uses chemical biology and biochemical approaches to study molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative or neurological diseases.

The tasks of an Assistant Professor at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Faculty of Science include research, education and management/organisation.

The position will be embedded in the Department of Molecular Neurobiology, which currently consists of two labs: Sharon Kolk’s group studies cortical development and associated neurodevelopmental disorders, and Erik Storkebaum’s group combines Drosophila and mouse genetics to study the molecular mechanisms underlying motor neurodegenerative disorders. The new research group is expected to create synergy and collaborate with research groups at the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), in particular with medicinal chemistry oriented groups. In addition, interdisciplinary collaboration with the Donders Institute, the Radboud Institute of Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), and/or the Radboud university medical center is strongly encouraged.

We ask

  • An established research line in the field of biological or medicinal neurochemistry.
  • A collaborative, open attitude with excellent communication skills.
  • Experience with acquiring external funding.
  • An established publication record in top-ranked scientific journals.
  • Experience with supervising undergraduate and, preferably, also graduate students.
  • Experience with teaching undergraduate students and willingness to acquire the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ).
  • Proven administrative, organisational and management qualities are a plus.

We are

You will be appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Donders Centre for Neuroscience (DCN), a top research institute in the Faculty of Science at Radboud University. As a researcher, you will be responsible for leading an independent research group, which includes establishing and maintaining an internationally competitive research program that fits within DCN, acquisition of research funding, and supervision and guidance of PhD students and scientific staff. Your teaching activities will be part of the Education Institute for Molecular Sciences, with a focus on the Master specialisations Medicinal Chemistry, Chemistry of Life, and Neurobiology.

DCN aims to understand the complex neural networks underlying perceptual, motor and cognitive brain functions. DCN studies these networks by experimental as well as computational approaches. DCN is part of the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. DCN consists of five departments: Neurophysics (headed by John Van Opstal), Neuroinformatics (headed by Paul Tiesinga), Neurophysiology (headed by Tansu Celikel), Molecular Animal Physiology (headed by Gerard Martens) and Molecular Neurobiology (headed by Erik Storkebaum). Thus, the DCN combines two research branches:
a neurophysics/informatics branch (Departments of Neurophysics and Neuroinformatics) and a molecular/chemical biology branch (Departments of Molecular Animal Physiology and Molecular Neurobiology), with the Department of Neurophysiology bridging both branches. The proposed position will strengthen the molecular/chemical biology branch.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 – 40 hours per week.
  • At the start of your tenure track you will be employed as an Assistant Professor level 2 (salary scale 11) for a six year period. Following a positive evaluation based on the criteria you will be appointed as an Assistant Professor level 1 (salary scale 12) on the basis of a permanent contract.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • The intended start date is 1 January 2021.
  • Further information on tenure tracks at the Faculty of Science can be found here.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. Erik Storkebaum
Tel.: 31 (0) 625 76 60 73

Apply directly

Please address your application to the members of the Selection Committee and submit it, using the application button, no later than 6 July 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
  • Summary of previous research (max. 3 pages)
  • Future research plan (max. 5 pages)
  • Teaching statement
  • Names and email addresses of three references.

Written applications will be evaluated by the selection committee and shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview (hopefully on campus; if not possible due to the corona situation, by video conferencing), based on which a ranking will be made. The position will be offered to the applicant ranked first.

The first round of interviews will take place in weeks 41 and 42 in 2020.

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