4 year Postdoc – University of Groningen

An attractive opportunity for a four-year postdoc position is open at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. The position is to join our research team in the Van Swinderen Institute for particle physics and gravity, which includes an experiment using a cold, slow and intense beam of molecules to probe the electron-EDM. An opportunity to teach is included in the contract from the beginning. If you know any candidates that are interested and eligible, I would very much appreciate if you could forward the information below to them.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Particle Physics or Gravity Research

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential global ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to marine biology.
On top of its track record of research excellence, the Faculty offers a large number of Bachelor’s degree programmes (overseen by our Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering) and Master’s degree programmes (overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering). Nearly all of our Bachelor’s (BSc) and Master’s degree programmes (MSc) are fully English-taught, thus allowing students from all over the world to follow a degree programme with us.

The FSE Fellowship programme
Our unique FSE fellowship programme offers temporary positions for talented junior researchers who want to further develop both their research and teaching skills. You will have an appointment for four years during which you can do challenging research, have various teaching responsibilities (approximately 30% of the time), and be offered opportunities for training and career orientation.
From day one, you will have a personal Work and Development Plan (WDP) that describes the specific research, teaching and training activities that you will undertake. You will receive didactic training in your first year and have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification. In addition to the yearly Result and Development Interviews with your supervisors, you will have a yearly meeting with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans.
A personal budget of a €1000 per year is dedicated for additional training and career activities.
We currently offer 16 fellow positions in a broad range of scientific fields. The preferred starting date of these fellows is before July 2018.

Job description
We offer one fellow position in the field of:

Particle Physics or Gravity Research (Theoretical/Experimental). The fellow will teach in the BSc Physics or BSc Applied Physics and be embedded in the Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity.

You have
•       A PhD, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the University of Groningen;
•       a promising research record;
•       affinity with teaching; individuals with actual teaching experience will be favoured;
•       an excellent command of English.

Conditions of employment

You will have an initial appointment of one year that will be extended by 3 years if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the four years period. The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience of € 3.111,- gross per month up to a maximum of € 4.084,- gross per month for a full-time position. The UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer (scale 10) applies.

In addition to the primary salary the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3%.

The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The preferred starting date is before July, 2018.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application including:
•       A letter of motivation.
•       A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications.
•       A short description (max 1A4) of your teaching interests (extra attachment 1).
•       A short description (max 1A4) of your scientific field of interest (extra attachment 2).

You may apply to one of the positions until March 8, 2018 via the website of the University of Groningen.  https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview

Selection interviews will take place in the second half of March 2018.

For information on the research institute please visit:

For information on our degree programmes please visit:


For any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact the coordinator of the FSE Fellowship Programme Yvonne Folkers via Y.Folkers@rug.nl

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