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Utrecht University
Mathematical Institute
Budapestlaan 6
3584 CD Utrecht
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Your job

The Department of Mathematics  of Utrecht University is looking for an Assistant Professor with expertise in representation theory (in a broad sense). You will be, together with the other staff members, responsible for the formation of the future generation of mathematicians. As such, this position carries a load of roughly 50% teaching, and 50% research.

Possible topics of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • geometric representation theory;
  • (geometric) Langlands program;
  • Lie groups, Lie algebras, algebraic groups, or p-adic groups;
  • automorphic or modular forms;
  • combinatorial representation theory or cluster algebras;
  • harmonic analysis on symmetric spaces; vertex operator algebras; or quiver representations. 

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. Next to that, you are open to opportunities for collaborations with members of the Utrecht Geometry Centre or Institute for Theoretical Physics.

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 a 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's programme Mastermath. You will be involved in the supervision of bachelor and master 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 Discrete 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 a related discipline and related to the described research areas;
  • a collection of significant research achievements;
  • a proven track record of international publications in leading journals;
  • high potential for the acquisition of external research funds;
  • ability to supervise/readiness in the future for supervision of postdocs and/or PhD candidates;
  • commitment to teaching and the ability to teach in and develop material for the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Mathematics, based on an in-depth understanding of current developments in the field as well as supervision of BSc and MSc students;
  • a committed role or ideas for future commitments in (inter-)national activities in scientific and/or societal communities;
  • a track record or ideas on outreach activities and public engagement.

You will be required to obtain a University Teaching Qualification  (UTQ) during the first two years of the appointment. For this position Utrecht University expects all 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. Diversity among group members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of research. Therefore, applicants from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged 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;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions  based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

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 six 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 problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. Find out more about us on YouTube .

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 M. Kool  at m.kool1@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  can answer your questions about living in the Netherlands as international staff .

Application Instructions

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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;
  • your curriculum vitae, including publication list;
  • your research statement (no longer than five pages, A4, excluding bibliography), 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 who we can ask for a reference letter, and one name (possibly one of the previous three) who we can ask for a teaching 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 21 January 2024.

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Dr. Martijn Kool