Tenure Track Assistant Professor Electrochemical Synthesis and Catalysis
University of Groningen Faculty of Science and Engineering

Tenure Track Assistant Professor Electrochemical Synthesis and Catalysis (219228)






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 or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.


The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. 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 around the world.


The position we offer will be embedded in the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry and part of the nationwide ARC CBBC program. Within the FSE, the Stratingh Institute focuses on research in molecular and supramolecular chemistry, with overarching impact on biology and physics based on fundamental organic and inorganic chemistry.

Job description


We are looking for an Assistant Professor who can strengthen our position in the field of electrochemical synthesis and catalysis. The candidate will be part of the Synthetic Organic Chemistry unit where he/she is expected to establish an internationally recognized center of expertise in the field of synthetic electrochemistry and catalysis. Electrochemical synthesis is expected to be a major contributor, complemented with i.a. photoredox catalysis, to the development of novel sustainable chemical transformations (i.e. low waste, low energy). As part of the ARC CBBC the candidate will have ample opportunities to strengthen academic and industrial cooperation with the industrial partners Shell, Akzo-Nobel, Nouryon and BASF and academic CBBC partners.


As Assistant Professor you will:

• set up and develop your own research line and research group

• supervise PhD students

• acquire external funding

• promote the societal relevance of your research

• teach in and contribute to the development of the degree programmes in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

• 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.



We encourage you to apply if you have:

• a PhD degree in organic electrochemistry or a related field

• at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD, and a relevant international network

• excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences

• a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage

• demonstrable organizational competences

• cross-cultural sensitivity

• good command of spoken and written English


And you are:

• a team player with good communication skills

• able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources

• willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years

• able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years.

Conditions of employment


We offer you a full-time position as Assistant Professor in our faculty’s tenure track system Career Paths in Science and:

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from € 3.637 up to a maximum of € 5.656 gross per month (scale 11 or 12 CAO Dutch Universities, depending on your career stage) for a full-time position

• holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary;

• a pension scheme

• paid parental leave

• the possibility to work part-time (90% or 80%)

• dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen


Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen: https://www.rug.nl/(...)with-us/that-is-why/


As Assistant Professor you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship in approximately 10 years. 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. Please consider Career Paths in Science for a complete description of our tenure track system as well as the criteria for promotion: https://www.rug.nl/(...)ce-edition-4?lang=en.



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 statement of your teaching goals and experience

• a description of your scientific interest and plans

• a list with names of references


You may apply for this position until 6 June 11.59pm / before 7 June 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).


The selection interviews will take place in the last week June or beginning of July.


The University of Groningen is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the NVP Recruitment Code and the European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers from the European Commission.



For information you can contact:


    prof. dr. ir. A. J. Minnaard, a.j.minnaard@rug.nl


Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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