University of Amsterdam, Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA)

Position ID:University of Amsterdam-Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA)-FACULTY [#23591]
Position Title: Two Faculty Positions in String Theory/Cosmology/Math.Phys at the University of Amsterdam
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
Subject Areas: Theoretical Physics
String Theory and Mathematical Physics
Appl Deadline:2022/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/11/03, finished 2023/06/17, listed until 2023/05/02)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Two tenure-track/tenured positions at the University of Amsterdam in String Theory / Cosmology / Mathematical Physics 

The University of Amsterdam is seeking to hire two assistant/associate professors in the area of string theory, theoretical cosmology, or mathematical physics. Excellent candidates from a broad range of research areas will be considered. The search is primarily focused on hiring at the junior level, but candidates at a more senior level (up to full professor) will also be considered.

What are you going to do?

You will be part of the Amsterdam string theory group. The local research environment includes the theoretical cosmology group  and GRAPPA within the Institute of Physics, as well as the mathematics instituteQuSoft, and Nikhef. We encourage applications from candidates who will interact significantly with one or more of these groups. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the academic community.

You will be teaching mostly in our Bachelor and Master programs in Physics and Astronomy.

What do you have to offer?

• a relevant PhD degree in theoretical physics;

• excellent research skills, evidenced by a track record of publications in renowned international journals, and talks at international conferences/workshops; 

• demonstrable excellent didactic abilities; an affinity for teaching at Bachelor and Master level; 

• preferably experience with the (co-)supervision of BSc, MSc and/or PhD students; 

• (the ability to develop) the management skills required for general academic administration, organisation and coordination tasks; 

• ability to attract external funding; 

• excellent communication skills; 

• good command of English and willingness to learn the Dutch language. 

Our offer

We offer an employment contract for 38 hours per week. Preferred start date will be Fall 2023. The position will in principle be filled at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on your qualifications. For more senior applicants, an appointment as Full Professor can be considered. 

For appointments as assistant professor, we offer a tenure-track agreement for five years. At the start, we will draw up a tenure-track agreement with you, specifying the performance criteria for research, teaching and management tasks. The requirements in this agreement are negotiable and depend on your experience and scientific profile. Following a positive assessment after three years the appointment will become permanent, with a further promotion to associate professor foreseen at the end of the five-year period.

For appointments at the level of associate professor, we offer you a tenured position with a probation period of 18 months.

The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum of €3,974 gross per month up to a maximum of €7,362 gross per month (salary scale 11-14 for assistant and associate professors) based on full-time employment. This is exclusive of 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

If you are curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain. 

The mission of the Institute of Physics (IoP) is to carry out excellent research in the field of experimental and theoretical physics, to provide inspiring teaching within the physics and other curricula and to transfer our knowledge of and enthusiasm for physics to society. The IoP has over 50 faculty and 180 researchers in total. The combination with the NWO Institutes at Amsterdam Science Park constitutes the largest physics hub in the Netherlands and is an international centre of excellence.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact Dr Ben Freivogel ( for science questions, and direct any other questions to institute manager Dr Joost van Mameren ( 

Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. The selection committee will start assessing applications on December 15th, so please ensure your application is complete before that date. However, the vacancy will remain open for applications until the selection process is complete. Interviews will be scheduled in the period January-March 2023.

Please apply through Academic Jobs Online. Applications should include the following information 

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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Further Info:
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Science Park 904
1098XH Amsterdam