Tenure Track Assistant Professor Tabletop Tests of Fundamental Physics (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 been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, physics, astronomy and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity. The aim of the Van Swinderen Institute (VSI) is to study the fundamental forces of Nature with implications for our Universe, by connecting the physics at the Planck-scale (quantum gravity) via sub-atomic scales (particle physics) to cosmic dimensions. Both theoretical and experimental efforts are combined in three research frontiers: the cosmic frontier, the high-energy frontier and the precision frontier. The experimental research is conducted locally (precision experiments at low energies) and at CERN. The VSI is the largest university partner of the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic physics (Nikhef).

Job description

The Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity has an opening for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in experimental physics. The group is working in the field of precision tests of the Standard Model at low energies such as measurements of the weak mixing angle in single trapped ions and searches for permanent electric dipole moment on the electron using cold molecules. The new experimental activity should complement the current work at the VSI. Within the institute, we have a strong collaboration between experiment and theory.

We are searching for an enthusiastic physicist with a strong track record in experimental physics. The candidate is expected to develop his or her own line of research while maintaining strong connections to the ongoing local activities. Her/his expertise should strengthen our team in exploiting atomic, molecular and optical physics with focus on applications of these techniques to scrutinise open questions related to the Standard Model of particle physics.

As an Assistant Professor, you will:

· set up and develop your own research line and research group
· supervise PhD students
· acquire external funding
· promote the societal relevance of your research
· teach in, and contribute to the development of the bachelor and master programmes of (applied) physics
· contribute to the organisation of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.

At the stage of Assistant Professor, 60% of your time is for research, 30% for teaching activities and 10% for organisational tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

· a PhD degree in experimental physics or a related field
· at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD, and a relevant international network
· excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences
· a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
· demonstrable organisational competences
· cross-cultural sensitivity
· good command of spoken and written English.

And you are:

· a team player with good communication skills
· able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources
· willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years
· able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 84 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

· a salary, depending on qualifications, work experience and your career stage from € 3,746 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 5,826 gross per month (scale 12) for a full-time position
· a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
· a pension scheme
· maternity and parental leave
· a full-time position as Assistant Professor in our faculty’s tenure track system Career Paths in Science and the possibility to work part-time (0.9 FTE or 0.8 FTE)
· a mentor program and a broad range of opportunities for personal development
· dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/that-is-why/

As an Assistant Professor, you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship in approximately 10 years. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 7 years and your performance will be assessed after 5 years. This moment may be extended with at most one year in case of a life event (e.g. prolonged illness or maternity leave). If your assessment is positive, you will get a tenured appointment as an Associate Professor. After another 4 to 7 years you will be assessed for promotion to the position of Full Professor. Please consider Career Paths in Science for a complete description of our tenure track system as well as the criteria for promotion: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science-edition-4?lang=en

Job Application

We invite you to submit a complete application including:

· a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
· a curriculum vitae
· a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’, including a list of your publications and a list with names of references
· a statement of your teaching goals and experience
· a description of your scientific interest and plans.

You can submit your application until 3 January 11:59pm / before 4 January 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), http://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. S. Hoekstra
+31 50 36339713.

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220385

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

Report in which the position is described in more detail Van Swinderen Institute Career Paths in Science

Digital application form