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Utrecht University
Mathematical Institute
Budapestlaan 6
3584 CD Utrecht
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Join the Department of Mathematics of Utrecht University as Assistant Professor in Discrete Mathematics. The position carries a load of roughly 50% teaching and 50% research. Your specific areas of interest include, but are not restricted to, combinatorics, graph theory (including random graph theory and graph algorithms), and the mathematical theory of optimisation.

We are looking for a researcher who is eager to play an active role in all aspects of academic life at our department, including in research and teaching. In addition, when you see concrete possibilities to collaborate with researchers from the Department of Mathematics at Eindhoven University of Technology, and/or from the Utrecht Department of Information and Computing Science please include this in your application.

You will continue to develop your research line alone and/or in collaboration with other scientists. You will apply for external funds alone or in consortia, supervise PhD candidates and postdocs and organise relevant scientific meetings at national or international level.

You will teach courses at a variety of levels, from first year undergraduate to advanced master courses. Master courses can be taught either at the local level or as part of the national master programme, Mastermath. You will be involved in the supervision of Bachelor's and Master's theses as well as smaller scale projects. We encourage teaching innovation and there are funds available via the university to help with good ideas.

You will be engaged in the daily life of the Mathematical Institute. You will help shape the future of the department by taking positions of responsibility.

Please note that we are simultaneously looking for an Assistant Professor in Pure Mathematics (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) 

 More information about this position can be found on our website. 

Your qualities

You will play a committed role in all aspects of academic life. Ideally, your eligibility is exemplified by: 

  • a PhD in mathematics or related discipline; preferably related to the described research areas;
  • a collection of significant research achievements;
  • a proven track record of international publications in leading publication venues;
  • high potential for the acquisition of external research funds;
  • ability to (co-)supervise PhD candidates and Postdocs;
  • commitment to teaching and the ability to teach in and develop material for the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Mathematics as well as service education;
  • commitment to supervision of BSc and MSc students;
  • active involvement in organising and participating in (inter-)national scientific activities;
  • a track record in or ideas for outreach activities and public engagement;
  • ideas for collaboration with Mathematics at TU Eindhoven and/or Computer Science at Utrecht;

You are required to have or to obtain a University Teaching Qualification 

 (UTQ) during the first two years of the appointment. For this position Utrecht University expects their employees to eventually be proficient in both Dutch and English (level C1). Accordingly, we encourage you to develop and improve your language proficiency in both Dutch and English and offer you the opportunity to do so. 

In view of our policy to improve the gender balance we strongly encourage women to apply.

Our offer

  • an appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (0.8 - 1.0 FTE), with the prospect of a permanent employment contract following a positive evaluation after at most 18 months;
  • a full-time gross salary, depending on previous qualifications and experience, ranging from €4,332 to €5,929 in scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO);
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the CAO.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development , leave arrangements, sports and cultural schemes  and you get discounts on software and other IT products. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow. For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University 

About us

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University , the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes . Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Shaping science, sharing tomorrow .

At the Faculty of Science there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing challenges. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

The Mathematical Institute of the Department of Mathematics  organises and teaches the Bachelor's curricula in Mathematics as well as the (English-taught) Master's programme in Mathematics and some service teaching in mathematics. The Institute currently comprises about 10 Full Professors, 25 further faculty members, 25 PhD candidates, 10 Postdocs, and teaches 500 students. The Institute is internationally recognised for its research in both pure and applied mathematics. It houses the Utrecht Geometry Centre  and maintains a long-standing tradition of transdisciplinary collaboration with other scientific fields including, among others, atmosphere/ocean sciences, computational life sciences, mathematical biology, medical and seismic imaging and theoretical physics. We participate in university focus areas in Complex Systems and Applied Data Science. 

More information

If you have any questions that you’d like us to answer, please contact Dr Wioletta Ruszel  at w.m.ruszel@uu.nl.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.

Are you an international applicant? Our International Service Desk 

Application Instructions

As Utrecht University, we want to be a home  for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

If you are enthusiastic about this position, just apply via the 'Apply now' button! Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation (including your best past accomplishments in team work and leadership roles);
  • your curriculum vitae, including publication list;
  • research statement (no longer than three pages (A4), including background, past accomplishments and future plans);
  • teaching statement (no longer than two pages (A4), including teaching vision, past accomplishments and future plans);
  • three names of contacts that we can ask for a reference letter.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

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The application deadline is 18 January 2024.

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Dr. Wioletta Ruszel