Assistant Professor in Mathematics

Utrecht University Department of Mathematics


Tenure track Assistant Professor position in Mathematics (1.0 FTE)

Job description

The Department of Mathematics of Utrecht University invites applications for a tenure track position in the area of Applied Mathematics, in particular, dynamics of complex systems and networks, as well as mathematical modelling. The position is further jointly advertised with a tenure track position at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and specifically aims to strengthen the collaborations with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at TU/e on the topic of complex systems and networks. We are looking for young scientists that are eager to play a committed role in all aspects of academic life, including research, teaching, and collaborations with other fields of science.


We are seeking driven and collaborative applicants with the following qualifications:

  • a PhD in mathematics or a related discipline, preferably related to the described research area;
  • significant research achievements and promise for the future;
  • a track record of international publications in leading journals;
  • high potential for the acquisition of external research funds;
  • an affinity for applications of mathematics and multidisciplinary collaboration;
  • readiness and enthusiasm to supervise postdocs and/or PhD students;
  • a committed role in (inter-)national activities in scientific and/or societal communities; and student supervision;
  • a commitment towards teaching and the ability to teach in and develop teaching material for Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Mathematics, based on an in-depth understanding of current developments in the field;
  • ideas about organising events, such as research conferences, workshops and seminars;
  • the willingness to acquire a working knowledge of the Dutch language within the first two years of the appointment.

In view of our aspiration to improve the gender balance, we strongly encourage women to apply.


  • the position is at the level of Assistant Professor (“Universitair Docent”, Lecturer), initially for a period of 5 years. The position will be subject to a mid-term evaluation after approximately 2.5 years and an end-term evaluation. Following a positive evaluation, the position will become permanent after 5 years. In case of sufficient seniority, the position can be tenured at a higher level;
  • a full-time gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranging between €3,746 and €5,826 per month (scale 11 or 12 at the level of Assistant Professor (Universitair docent; UD) according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO);
  • benefits including 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.

Facilities for sports and childcare are available on campus, which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht. Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming centre and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its centuries-old university. The city of Utrecht has been consistently ranked as one of the most attractive cities in which to live in the Netherlands.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of additional arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself 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.

For international employees, the University offers help with finding housing, child care and schools, as well as a partner programme and a Dutch language course.

More information can be found at Working at Utrecht University.

About the organization

The Mathematical Institute of the Department of Mathematics organises and teaches the Bachelor's curricula in Mathematics as well as the (English-taught) Master's programme in Mathematics and some service teaching in mathematics. It currently comprises about 35 faculty members, 11 postdocs, and 29 PhD students, and teaches 500 students. The institute is internationally recognized for its research in both pure and applied mathematics. It houses the Utrecht Geometry Centre and maintains a long-standing tradition of transdisciplinary collaboration with other scientific fields including, among others, atmosphere/ocean sciences, computational life sciences, mathematical biology, medical and seismic imaging, and theoretical physics. The Mathematical Institute has close ties with the Departments of Biology, Physics, Information and Computer Sciences, the Faculty of Geosciences, UMCU (Utrecht University Medical Center), and institutes such as IMAU (Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research), RIVM (The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and CWI (the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer science). We participate in university focus areas in Complex Systems and Applied Data Science.

At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments with which to establish fundamental connections: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each is comprised up of distinct institutes that together 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. The Faculty is home to 5,600 students and nearly 1,500 staff and is internationally renowned for the high quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to Utrecht, a thriving cultural hub. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our informal atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers, and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a wonderfully diverse and vibrant international community.

Additional information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Professor I.A. Kouznetsov, chair of the search committee (e-mail:

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now” button!

For initial selection, we ask you to submit the following files:

  • your Cover letter;
  • your Curriculum vitae, including a publication list and five top publications;
  • your research statement (no longer than two pages (A4));
  • your teaching statement (no longer than one page (A4));
  • the contact details of four references from whom we may request a letter of recommendation. Indicate at least one reference who can address your teaching abilities.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

By applying, you consent to the confidential sharing of your application materials with relevant staff members of the Mathematical Institute.

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.

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