Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential global ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to marine biology.
On top of its track record of research excellence, the Faculty offers a large number of bachelor's degree programmes (overseen by our Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering) and master's degree programmes (overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering). Nearly all of our bachelor's (BSc) and master's degree programmes (MSc) are fully English-taught, thus allowing students from all over the world to follow a degree programme with us.

The FSE Fellowship programme
Our unique FSE fellowship programme offers temporary positions for talented junior researchers who want to further develop both their research and teaching skills. You will have an appointment for four years during which you can do challenging research, have various teaching responsibilities (approximately 30% of the time), and be offered opportunities for training and career orientation.
From day one, you will have a personal Work and Development Plan (WDP) that describes the specific research, teaching and training activities that you will undertake. You will receive didactic training in your first year and have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification. In addition to the yearly Result and Development Interviews with your supervisors, you will have a yearly meeting with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans.
A personal budget of a €1000 per year is dedicated for additional training and career activities.
We currently offer 16 fellow positions in a broad range of scientific fields. The preferred starting date of these fellows is before July 2018.

Job description

We offer one fellow position in the field of:
Biomedical Sciences, preferably in the area of ‘Behavioural Neuroscience’. The fellow will teach in the MSc Biomedical Sciences and be embedded in the research institute Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES).


You have:
- a PhD, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the University of Groningen
- a promising research record
- affinity with teaching; individuals with actual teaching experience will be favoured
- an excellent command of English.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience of € 3,111 gross per month up to a maximum of € 4,084 (salary scale 10 Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time position. The UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer applies. You will have an initial appointment of one year that will be extended by 3 years if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the four years period.

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. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The preferred starting date is before July 2018.

Selection interviews will take place in the second half of March 2018.

You may apply for this position until 8 March 23:59h / before 9 March 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the 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 short description (max 1 A4) of your teaching interests (extra attachment 1)
- a short description (max 1 A4) of your scientific field of interest (extra attachment 2).

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Yvonne Folkers, coordinator of the FSE Fellow Programme

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 218063

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

For information on the research institute For information our bachelor programmes For information our master programmes

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