Rosalind Franklin Fellow, Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor (20.0 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 the top 100 on several influential ranking lists. The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University with over 8.000 BSc, MSc and PhD students and over 700 scientific and support staff. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, 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 over 100 different countries.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Job description

We believe diversity is key to success. To promote the advancement of talented female researchers at the highest level of the institution we have initiated the prestigious Rosalind Franklin programme. The programme is aimed at women in industry, academia or research institutes who aspire to become a Full Professor in a European top research university. Since 2002 we have welcomed over 129 Rosalind Franklin Fellows at the University of Groningen.

We have in total 20 Rosalind Franklin Fellowships to offer at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, for candidates from specific research fields in the disciplines below.

Pharmaceutical Sciences within the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (GRIP), in the research fields:
- Design of targeted pharmaceuticals:
- Preclinical and translational human models for drug research:
- Computational target and drug discovery:
- Lab-on-a-chip technology for pharmaceutical applications:

Biology within the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB) and the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), in the research fields:
- Natural product discovery and engineering (GBB):
- Cell factories for sustainable biosynthesis (GBB):
- Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience in an eco-evolutionary context (GELIFES):
- Adaptive capacity in food-host-microbiome interactions (GELIFES):
- Eco-evo-devo approach to plasticity in a changing climate (GELIFES):
- Evolutionary medicine (GELIFES):
- Ecological genomics of marine/intertidal ecosystems (GELIFES):
- Ecology and evolution of sustainable coastal ecosystems (GELIFES):
- Behavioral biology (GELIFES):

Earth and Environmental Sciences within the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute (ESRIG), in the research fields:
- Food-water-energy interactions (theoretical and modeling):
- Marine carbon cycle (both theoretical and lab/field work):
- Rare minerals for the energy transition (initially theoretical):

Biomedical Engineering, Cognitive Computing, Systems and Control within the Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (ENTEG), the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (BI) and the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM), in the research fields:
- Medical device design (ENTEG):
- Sensor systems and soft robotics for biomedical devices (ENTEG):
- Biomaterials and bioengineering; bio/tissue mechanics (ENTEG or ZIAM):
- Data based and learning control engineering (ENTEG):
- Game theory and strategic decision making in dynamic systems (ENTEG):
- Dynamics, robotics and sensor systems (ENTEG:
- Brain-inspired computing (ENTEG or Bernoulli):

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, within the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (BI), in the research fields:
- Machine learning:
- Distributed systems:

Chemistry, within the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, in the research fields:
- Molecular materials for energy storage or –production:
- Organic chemistry at the interface with biological/biomedical sciences:

Each Rosalind Franklin Fellow is appointed as either Assistant or Associate Professor. The Assistant Professors are hired on a tenure track. As a Rosalind Franklin Fellow you will:

● set up and develop your own research line and independent research group
● supervise PhD students
● acquire external funding
● promote the societal relevance of your research
● teach in and contribute to the development of degree programs
● contribute to the organization 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 organizational tasks. At the stage of Associate Professor 40% of your time is for research, 40% for teaching activities and 20% for organizational tasks.

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry:


We encourage you to apply if you have:

● a PhD degree in a relevant field
● at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD (can be compensated for after the appointment via extended research visits abroad)
● a relevant international network
● excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences, appropriate to your career stage
● a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
● demonstrable organizational competences
● good command of spoken and written English.

And you are:
● a team player with good communication skills
● able to work well in an international, culturally diverse, environment
● able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources
● willing to acquire a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years
● able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years (B1 level).

Additional criteria for Associate Professors:

● you are an inspiring supervisor with convincing leadership competences and a good track record in PhD supervision
● you have been successful in acquiring external funding for research projects, appropriate to your career stage
● you have a good track record in teaching and curriculum development as well as educational organizational responsibilities, such as involvement in educational program committees or boards of examiners.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 84 months.

We offer you a full-time position as Assistant or Associate Professor in our faculty’s career path system Career Paths in Science that leads up to Full Professor. The position comes with:

● a salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, depending on qualifications, work experience and on your career stage, from € 3,974 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 6,181 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position as Assistant Professor or, for a full-time position as Associate Professor, from € 5,506 (salary scale 13) up to a maximum of € 7,362 gross per month (salary scale 14) depending on your career stage)
● holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
● a pension scheme
● paid maternity and parental leave
● the possibility to work part-time (0.9 or 0.8 FTE)
● dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen
● a mentor program and a broad range of opportunities for personal development.

In exceptional cases candidates can be offered a position as Full Professor. Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen:

If you are appointed as Assistant Professor you will enter a tenure track. 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.

If you are appointed as Associate Professor, the position is permanent from the start. After 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:

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, including a list of your publications
● a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’
● a description of your scientific interest and plans (1-2 pages) and a statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages)
● a list with names of references.

You may apply via one of the links until 27 October 11:59pm / before 28 October 2022 Dutch local time (CET) on the website of the University of Groningen:[…]/?details=00347-02S0009JEP
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The interviews are scheduled from 21 November till 2 December 2022.

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Mrs Didi Ubels

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222609-28

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

Faculty of Science and Engineering Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Working at the University of Groningen