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TT Assistant/Associate Professor Mass Spectrometry for Analytical Biochemistry (221219)

Job description

We are looking for an early-career academic who is interested in embarking or continuing on an academic career path as a tenure track assistant or associate professor in the area of Mass Spectrometry for Analytical Biochemistry. The successful candidate will join the research group Analytical Biochemistry, a dynamic, multidisciplinary group of researchers stemming from the fields of mass spectrometry, proteomics and metabolomics.
In addition to developing your own research line, you are expected to further build on the scientific knowledge generated by GRIP's (Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy) preclinical and clinical research groups (e.g. Molecular Pharmacology, Drug Design, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Nanomedicine and Drug Targeting, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Biology) and complement the research portfolio of these groups with novel mass spectrometry methods in various application areas, such as biopharmaceutical development, new drug target and biomarker discovery for cancer and respiratory diseases.

In this position, you will:
• develop an independent, world-class, multidisciplinary research programme, focussing on analytical chemistry, and specifically mass spectrometry, in the context of biomedical/clinical projects
• teach in the degree programmes of Pharmacy (both BSc and MSc) and the Master, Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS)
• supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD students in the research group
• contribute to the organisation and management within the research group and institute, for example by participating in working groups and committees in the fields of teaching, research and management
• contribute to the management of the Interfaculty Mass Spectrometry Center.

At the stage of Assistant Professor, 60% of your time will be devoted to research activities, 30% to teaching, and 10% for organisational tasks. After five years you will be assessed for tenure and promotion to the level of Associate Professor.

As an Associate Professor, 40% of your time is for research activities, 40% for teaching, and 20% for organisational tasks. You can choose to apply for a promotion to Full Professor
anywhere between 4 to 7 years after your appointment.

The criteria for assessment for both positions are described in detail in the career development programme of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, known as Career Paths in Science:


We offer the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary position on an academic career path, and we look forward to receiving your application if you have:

• a PhD degree in the pharmaceutical or biomedical/life sciences, with a strong background in mass spectrometry
• 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)
• excellent research qualities in relevant specific areas, such as analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry-based proteomics and/or metabolomics, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals, attendance at world-class conferences, and a relevant (inter)national network
• experience in running an academic research group appropriate to career stage
• teaching and organisational experience appropriate to career stage.

You are:

• highly motivated to build an independent research group, as well as a driving force in setting up collaborations within the institute as well as beyond
• able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources
• able to work well in an international, culturally diverse, environment
• willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO)
• able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it at a level which is adequate for functioning in a professional Dutch-speaking environment 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 subject areas, from 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 (GRIP). Although GRIP is positioned within the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), it is physically located within the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) of the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) - hence, in ideal proximity to benefit from collaborations between the two faculties. Together with Medical Sciences, GRIP participates in the joint UMCG-FSE Research Institute GUIDE (Groningen University Institute for Drug Exploration). Pharmaceutical research within GRIP is highly multidisciplinary. It bridges the clinical and biomedical sciences on the one hand, and chemistry, mathematics (statistics) and physics on the other. The interaction between the pharmaceutical sciences and these fundamental and clinical sciences offers excellent opportunities for cutting-edge research.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, a full-time tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor position with:

• a salary from € 3,746 up to a maximum of € 5,826 gross per month for an Assistant Professor position, or a salary from € 5,190 up to a maximum of € 6,940 gross per month for an Associate Professor position. Salaries (salary scales 11&12 or 13&14 respectively, depending on your career stage)
• holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
• a pension scheme
• parental leave
• the possibility to work part-time (0.9 FTE or 0.8 FTE)
• a personal development trajectory including mentor programme
• dual-career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for information about work at the University of Groningen:

The candidate will participate in the career development programme of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, known as Career Paths in Science.


Are you a highly motivated and experienced researcher with a background in mass spectrometry, and do you think this is the perfect continuation of your career?
If so, we encourage 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 publications and a list with names and contact details of 3 references
• a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’
• a statement about teaching goals and experience and a description of scientific interest and plans.

You can submit your application until 2 June 11:59pm / before 3 June 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 from 14-24 June 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 Peter Horvatovich, p.l.horvatovich

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