Universiteit Utrecht, The Mathematical Institute, the Department of Information and Computing Sciences, and the Department of Physics

Position ID:Universiteit Utrecht-The Mathematical Institute, the Department of Information and Computing Sciences, and the Department of Physics-MATHEMATICS [#21275, 221491]
Position Title: 6 positions at the interfaces of Mathematics, Computing Science and Physics (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Utrecht, Noord-Holland 3512 JE, Netherlands [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Appl Deadline:2022/03/14 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/02/24, listed until 2022/08/24)
Position Description:    

6 positions at the interfaces of Mathematics, Computing Science and Physics (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Job description The Mathematical Institute, the Department of Information and Computing Sciences, and the Department of Physics currently offer 6 positions at the level of lecturer/researcher, assistant or associate professor. The main goal of these positions is to stimulate increased collaboration and cross-fertilization to further strengthen the ties between these fundamental disciplines.

In both research and education, there are strong overlaps between the disciplines of mathematics, computer science, and physics: the use of mathematics in physics, the increasing role of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in both maths and physics, the development of quantum algorithms and quantum computing, data science and the computational complexity of many problems in all of the three disciplines, just to name a few examples. At an educational level, new generations of students strongly connect to such an interdisciplinary approach.

We are looking for candidates who possess a proven commitment and talent for research, as well as a demonstrable motivation to teach. Working at the interface of two disciplines, you will closely collaborate with people from several departments. It goes without saying that you are a team player who easily connects with others and who is encouraged to take ownership.

These are the different research areas in which the positions will be embedded:

1) Mathematics and Computer Science Within this area, topics to be addressed include operations research and combinatorial optimization, topological data analysis, and AI and logic.

2) Computer Science and Physics Within this area, topics to be addressed include green computing, quantum computing and quantum algorithms.

3) Physics and Mathematics Within this area, topics to be addressed include geometry and theoretical physics, and mathematics of climate science.

So, if you are excited to actively participate and collaborate in this interdisciplinary project, we encourage you to apply!

Qualifications We are looking for driven and enthusiastic new colleagues who fit well with the following qualifications.

For candidates at the level of lecturer/researcher: • a PhD in computer science, information science, mathematics or physics; • the ability to teach in departmental Bachelor's and Master's programmes; • experience with and enthusiasm for teaching and student supervision; • the ability to speak and write English fluently.

For candidates at assistant or associate professor level: • a PhD in computer science, information science, mathematics or physics; • publications with impact, in international conferences and journals; • a vision on future research directions for your interdisciplinary research area; • experience with and enthusiasm for teaching and using innovative teaching methods and technologies; • experience with, or readiness to supervise (PhD) students; • experience in the acquisition of research funding and the supervision of research projects; • a vision on teaching and your own contribution to teaching; • the ability to speak and write English fluently.

Offer Lecturer/researcher positions • a full-time position for five years; • a full-time gross salary that ranges between €2,846 and €4,490 per month (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

Assistant/Associate professor • dependent on your qualities, ambitions and current position, we can offer you a full-time position on a tenure track or a placement on a permanent position (which could be preceded by an 18 month temporary contract); • a full-time gross salary, depending on previous qualifications and work experience, that ranges between €3,821 and €7,079 per month (scale 11-14 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities); • a special perk includes the possibility to hire a PhD candidate in order to start up your research.

For both types of positions: • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus; • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities; • the possibility to travel to conferences.

Please note that the levels of the positions offered will vary, depending on experience and expertise.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

Utrecht is an attractive city located in the Netherlands, one of the world’s most open and connected countries. Utrecht University reflects this philosophy by offering a flexible work/life balance that prioritizes your well-being within an understanding and supportive, family-friendly environment.

About the organisation The Department of Information and Computing Sciences is nationally and internationally renowned for its fundamental and applied research in computer science and information science. In our ever changing (digital) society, we are constantly looking for new, realistic ways to push the boundaries of both science and social application. We contribute to innovative information technologies through the development and application of new concepts, theories, algorithms, and software methods. Relevant areas of interdisciplinary research include Game Research, Foundations of Complex Systems, Applied Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence.

The Mathematical Institute covers a broad range of active areas of research. We aim for a stimulating research environment with ample opportunity for interaction between different fields. This interaction is not restricted to areas within mathematics; contacts with physics, biology, and technological applications play an equally important role in several of our research activities.

The Department of Physics hosts a unique group of scientists and supporting staff addressing problems in physics, from the smallest scales of elementary particles, via the 'human' scales of climate dynamics, to the largest scales of cosmology. The department has a long history of excellence in physics research and education. Today, we consist of about forty tenured staff who excel in research on topics such as string theory, cosmology, hard and soft condensed matter physics, high-energy physics, nanophotonics, and climate physics. About fifty graduate and over a hundred undergraduate students start each year in the broad Bachelor's programme and the four specialised Master's programmes.

At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do attitude of our people. This fundamental connection attracts researchers, professors and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

Additional information Do you have any questions that you would like an answer to first? No problem. Please contact Professor Jason Frank(Mathematics) at j.e.frank@uu.nl, Professor Johan Jeuring(Information and Computing Sciences) at j.t.jeuring@uu.nl, or Professor Stefan Vandoren(Physics) at s.j.g.vandoren@uu.nl.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Then please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.

Apply Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives and we attach great importance to diversity and gender balance. Applicants are encouraged to mention any personal circumstances that need to be taken into account, for example, parental leave or military service. If you prefer a part-time appointment, you are also invited to apply, stating the desired part-time ratio.

If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now” button! Please enclose the following documents in English: • a cover letter describing the reasons for your interest in the position; • a full academic curriculum vitae, including a list of publications; • a research statement (max two pages) and teaching statement (max two pages) (not applicable if you apply for one of the postdoctoral positions); • a copy of your PhD certificate; • the contact details of two or three references.

Please also specify in which of the described area(s) (1, 2, or 3) you are interested.

If this specific opportunity is not for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most likely be conducted online.

The application deadline is 14 March 2022.


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