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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Personalized Pharmacotherapy (1.0 FTE) (221130)

Job description

We are looking for an Assistant Professor who can strengthen our position in the field of Personalised Pharmacotherapy. Central to this discipline is the therapeutic risk stratification of patients based on the integration of knowledge on the drug profile with a patient’s genetic, genomics and clinical/demographical profile. Best choices of selected drug therapies based on pharmacologic and pharmacogenetic information as well interactions with co-medications, notably in polypharmacy, is of growing scientific interest. Predicting responses based on knowledge on the causal pathway of diseases (so-called Systems Biology), in combination with advanced diagnostic tools as therapeutic drug monitoring, will lead to a better selection of pharmaceutical therapy. Further, the development, evaluation and implementation of targeted community or translational pharmacy interventions to improve optimal and sustainable medication use is crucial. The ultimate objective of the discipline is the individual optimisation of benefit-risk profiles as well as the cost-effectiveness and implementation of drug treatments in an ageing society.

As an 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 of the Bachelor and Master Pharmacy, as well as the Master's degree programme Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS)
• contribute to the organisation 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 organisational tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

• a PhD degree in the pharmaceutical or biomedical/life sciences, preferably with the qualification of a registered pharmacist
• at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD (can be compensated for after the appointment via extended research visits abroad)
• a relevant international network
• excellent research qualities in relevant specific areas such as personalised medicine, (pharmaco)genetics or pharmaco-epidemiology, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences
• a background in artificial intelligence or statistics would also be of interest, provided you are prepared to acquire sufficient pharmacy expertise
• a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
• demonstrable organisational 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.


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 Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy, and specifically in the base unit PharmacoTherapy, -Epidemiology & -Economics (PTEE). We are a dynamic, multidisciplinary group of researchers stemming from the disciplines of pharmacotherapy, pharmaco-epidemiology, pharmacology, and pharmaco-economics. We have close links to pharmacy practice, with an active network and several pharmacists among our staff, and multiple ongoing national and international cooperative projects. We are also active in research focusing on studies using “real world” pharmacy and health care data. We have access to various databases and recently established a collaboration with the Lifelines cohort study, UMCG and our in-house prescription database called the Pharmlines Initiative. This tenure-track position will complement the existing research lines in the department and creates new collaborative opportunities. The UMCG is an important research partner and it is envisioned that the successful candidate will maintain and strengthen this relationship. An integral part of creating new collaborative opportunities, will be building on the existing Pharmlines-collaboration with the UMCG and using this as a starting point to find new research partners within the UMCG, as well as on a national and international level. To this end, the successful candidate will also be embedded in the department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology (CPP, UMCG) for 0.4 FTE to further strengthen the mutually beneficial collaboration that has been built over the past decade.

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, work experience and your career stage, from € 3,746 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 5,825 gross per month (salary scale 12) for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a pension scheme
• maternity and parental leave
• the possibility to work part-time (0.9 FTE or 0.8 FTE)
• a mentor programme and a broad range of opportunities for personal development
• 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:

As an Assistant Professor, you will enter a tenure track which, 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 parental 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:


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 and a list with names of references
• a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’
• a statement of your teaching goals and experience
• a description of your scientific interest and plans.

You may apply for this position until 29 April 11:59pm / before 30 April 2021 Dutch local time (CET) 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 week of 17-21 May 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Eelko Hak, +31 50 3638707, e.hak

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