Associate Professor in Quantum Chemical Modelling

Utrecht University



Job Description

Associate Professor: Quantum Chemical Modelling

Contribute to a sustainability research program that models hybrid organic/inorganic interfaces on the nanoscale.

The Department of Chemistry at Utrecht University in the Netherlands is renowned as a world class center of excellence and innovation in both research and education, fully resourced and equipped with state-of-the-art technological platforms. Currently, the Department is actively recruiting new staff members, including three new colleagues in the field of Materials Science or Theoretical Chemistry. For more info on the other positions click here.

Sharing Positivity

Our approach is characterized by a connected, open and can-do spirit that stimulates personal initiative and curiosity. You are encouraged to take ownership and create value while sharing your knowledge both internally and across the wider (global) research community. As an organization we strive every day to enable this mission because we know it is the only way to make the breakthroughs that will help to solve the challenges facing the world.

We focus on two core areas of fundamental research – life science and sustainability – within two outstanding research pillars:

  • The Bijvoet Center advances our understanding of life at the most detailed molecular level by using cutting-edge structural and analytical methods in combination with state-of-the-art molecular biology, biochemistry as well as biophysical methods.
  • The Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science tackles sustainability through research into catalysis, nanostructures and colloids, and nanophotonics.


A Chance to Play your Part

If you would like to be part of this stimulating and diverse environment, we would love to hear from you. Working within the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science you will be involved in understanding the atomic structure of semiconductor- and metallic nanocrystals with emphasis on the semiconductor/molecular ligand interface or hetero-epitaxial crystalline interface. This has the potential to yield valuable sustainability benefits for opto-electronic applications such as LEDs, miniaturized lasers, photo-detectors and solar cells. You will fulfill your personal development goals while adding to our reputation of scientific excellence. We are particularly interested in hearing from female scientists worldwide who contribute their skills and curiosity to our inclusive approach to life and work.

Your Background and the Position

You have a PhD in theoretical aspects of nanoscience and hybrid materials, an excellent track record, and the experience necessary to take your place as a group leader within an international research and education environment. Your own research interests are found within the broad field of quantum chemical modelling. Combining scientific excellence with an open-minded and collaborative mindset in research and teaching, you contribute enthusiastically to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects. As such, it is important that you are able to act as an outward looking ambassador for Utrecht University, communicating your knowledge to the next generation and across networks.


Utrecht University: Enjoy a great work life balance in a wonderful city

Utrecht is an attractive city located in the heart of 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, international, environment. Benefits include:

  • Salary range from € 5,039, - to € 8,127, - (scale 13-H2);
  • In addition, we offer attractive and flexible secondary terms of employment such as an annual holiday pay of 8%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year and partially paid parental leave. 
This position is ultimately meant to be tenured upon good performance.

For further details of our terms of employment please go to the website.

About the Organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, colleagues from various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Additional Information
For further information about this role, please contact Prof. dr. D.A.M. (Daniel) Vanmaekelbergh at, or +31-302532218.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, research and teaching statement.

Please apply at your earliest convenience, there is no deadline connected to this procedure.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

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