Tenure Track Assist. Prof. Advanced In Vitro Models for Alternative Drug Testing

University of Groningen

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career-development paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage more than 30,000 students and researchers to realize their own potentials. The University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge, and belongs to the most prestigious research universities in Europe and the top 100 universities worldwide (see our ranking: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/where-do-we-stand/rankings).

Job description
This exciting academic position is now available within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. It is embedded in the research unit Pharmaceutical Analysis of the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (GRIP - http://www.rug.nl/grip). The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary group of researchers in this research unit, stemming from the disciplines of physics, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. We are active in research focusing on lab-on-a-chip/microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip, miniaturized instrumentation, nanofluidics and –sensing, and nanomedicine development. This tenure-track position will complement these existing research lines and create new collaborative opportunities in the field of drug development and evaluation. GRIP is also a member of the Human Organ and Disease Model Technology Institute (http://www.hdmt.technology), a Dutch national organ-on-a-chip consortium initiative.

The use of 3D cell and tissue models are expected to improve the predictive power of in vitro drug tests, and provide a more direct translational route to drug development. More effective implementation of these models can be realized through the application of convergent approaches originating in cell biology, materials science and bioengineering. The interdisciplinary area of in vitro drug toxicological testing in particular stands to benefit from these advances. The candidate is expected to develop his/her own interdisciplinary research programme in the field of Advanced In Vitro Models for Alternative Drug Testing.

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research (supported by successful publications), in addition to an established competence in her/his field(s) of study and area(s) of research. We welcome applications from candidates having backgrounds in one or more of a broad range of fields including toxicology, pharmacology, molecular biology, molecular bioengineering, biomaterials, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, and tissue engineering.

You have:
• a PhD degree and a minimum of two years’ postdoctoral experience abroad (industrial experience may partially compensate for a lack of research experience abroad)
• excellent research capabilities, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals, presentations at renowned conferences, and a relevant international network
• teaching and organizational experience (appropriate to career stage)
• evidence of successful acquisition of external funding (appropriate to career stage)
• experience in supervision of undergraduate and graduate research students (appropriate to career stage).

You are:
• a team player with good communication skills
• willing to acquire the University Teaching Qualification
• willing to learn the Dutch language.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 72 months.
The University offers a gross monthly salary dependent on qualifications and work experience from € 3,427 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) up to a maximum of € 5,330 (scale 12) for a full-time position. The appointment will be initially for a maximum of 6 years at the level of tenure track assistant professor. After 5 years, an assessment will take place of performance based on established criteria. If the outcome of the assessment is positive, the assistant professor will be promoted to associate professor with tenure. There will be another assessment at the end of a further 4-7 -year period for the promotion to full professor. The successful candidate will participate in the career-development programme of the Faculty of Science and Engineering known as Career Paths in Science 3. In addition to the primary salary, the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen. The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Female candidates are thus especially encouraged to apply. Applications You may apply for this position until 6 July / before 7 July 2017 by means of the application form (click on ‘Apply’ below on this advertisement on the university website). Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application including: • a letter of motivation • a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications • a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’ • a statement about teaching goals and experience, as well as a description of scientific interest and plans • the names of three references complete with title and contact information. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 5330.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Prof. E.M.J. Verpoorte
+31 50 3633337,

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 217222
Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Structure report
‘Career Paths in Science 3’ (‘Bèta’s in Banen 3’)

Digital application form