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Tenure-track Assistant Professorships in Chemical Biology (V50.3334)

Tenure-track Assistant Professorships in Chemical Biology

Eindhoven University of Technology has the following vacancy: 'Tenure Track Assistant Professor Chemical Biology' (1.0 fte), at the department of Biomedical Engineering.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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Job description

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is expanding its expertise in the field of Chemical Biology. The position is embedded within the Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Institute for Complex Molecular systems (ICMS).

The Department of Biomedical Engineering. There is an endless demand in modern healthcare for technologies to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of health problems. To meet this demand, TU/e has a strong focus on Health in its research and education programs and has a department devoted entirely to this socially vital area: Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical engineers improve human health by cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering presently consists of thirteen research groups, organized in 3 clusters and covers everything from regenerative engineering to biomedical image analysis to biomolecular engineering. With 58 (assistant, associate and full) professors, over 100 researchers and postdocs, 158 PhD candidates and circa 950 bachelor and master students, the Department of Biomedical Engineering provides high-quality academic education and cutting-edge research.

See here for more information about the department, and here or more information about the current research programs.

About ICMS. The Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) is an interdisciplinary institute at the TU/e which brings excellent researchers from different areas together to promote cross-breeding of ideas across disciplines in the departments Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. The institute aims to create and study biologically relevant functional structures with the ultimate goal of understanding the complexity of life.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is ranked as one of the most innovative universities located in the heart of the high-tech industry in the Netherlands, the Brainport region. The unique positioning in one of Europe’s leading tech regions also means excellent job opportunities for spouses. TU/e actively facilitates career opportunities for partners of successful candidates. Eindhoven is the fifth largest city in the Netherlands, and including suburbs, it has about 420,000 inhabitants.  Our training and research programs are highly regarded, and we foster close relationships with companies, organizations, and research institutes in the Brainport region and beyond.  Fundamental and applied research are equally valued here.  The high rank of the TU/e is due to the impact of its scientific research and also to its scientific co-­publications with industry.  TU/e is a social and inspiring university with a vibrant culture.  Surrounded by people who share your scientific ambitions, we translate our basic research into meaningful solutions. The TU/e currently has nine departments, with over 11,000 students in total.

Position description

What we are looking for: In this position we are looking for scientists who address contemporary biomedical challenges via innovative molecular approaches, ranging from organic chemistry to molecular cell biology. The already existing groups in the Laboratory of Chemical Biology (Albertazzi, Brunsveld, Dankers, de Greef, van Hest, Meijer, Merkx, Ottmann, Prins) have a broad background including organic chemistry and drug discovery, protein engineering and molecular sensors, polymer chemistry and drug delivery, bionanotechnology and structural biology. Similarly we are considering excellent candidates from diverse background both in terms of scientific approach and questions.

The researcher will be selected on basis of scientific excellence during her or his PhD and post-doc to enhance and complement the current research in the laboratory of Chemical Biology. You are expected to set-up an independent line of research, with international exposure and reputation and prove your ability to attract research funding, making use of the embedding offered by the Laboratory of Chemical Biology and the Institute for Complex Molecular systems (ICMS).

Your tasks in research: We are considering candidates with a strong chemical biology focus in the broadest sense, but especially encourage you to apply when your research centers around a systems approach to chemical biology. Integration of different hierarchic levels in your molecular design and analysis, as well as forefront technological adaptation are strongly desired.

Your tasks in education: You will be expected to contribute to high quality education of a diverse student body at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Excellent communication skills and previous teaching experience are required. You will supervise BSc students, MSc students and PhD candidates.

Job requirements

What we are looking for: We are seeking junior scientists at assistant professor level, engaged in high impact research. You should have a PhD or equivalent in chemical biology or a closely related discipline. You should have a drive to build your own research line within the Laboratory of Chemical Biology. You should be considered a talent in your own area of expertise, typically evidenced by a strong publication record and an (inter)national network within the academic world and industry. You should also be a team player with a collaborative/entrepreneurial spirit, engaged in interdisciplinary research.

Conditions of employment

What we offer: We offer a Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in a successful and internationally-oriented department. The city of Eindhoven offers a relaxed, multicultural environment, high quality of life and many options for extra-curricular activities. The city has a mild climate, and it is well-connected by rail, air, and road links with major European cities. The city is at the heart of the Brainport region of Netherlands, a region with high growth, high innovation, and many permanent employment opportunities for expats. Candidates moving to the Netherlands from abroad may qualify for a tax incentive scheme, where 30% of your income is tax free for a (maximum) period of five years. Click here for more information.

Salary will be based on your background and working experience and according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO NU).  Monthly gross salary ranges (on a full-time basis) is as follows:

  • Tenure Track gross salary is in the range of € 3.637 to € 4.978

Additionally, we offer a yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the annual salary and a yearly end-of-year bonus of 8.3% of the annual salary. Family friendly initiatives are in place such as partially paid parental leave, Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partner, an international spouse program, on-campus children day care and excellent on-campus sports facilities. In addition we offer a pension scheme, flexible employment conditions and the possibility to participate in a collective health care plan and other benefits such as support in moving expenses, commuting expenses, savings schemes.

If a female candidate is selected for this position, she will become an Irène Curie Fellow in which case the following additional conditions apply. If no suitable candidate is found before September 1st, 2019, this vacancy will be re-opened as a vacancy within the Irène Curie Fellowship.

Irène Curie Fellowship: The program is aimed to attract talented women who pursue an academic career in our university. Aside from the advantages of a diverse workforce, these fellows can serve as role models for the next generation of female scientists. As an Irène Curie Fellow, you are entitled to a substantial start-up package to kick-off your career. In order to empower you, we provide support such as training programs for academic leadership and the university teaching qualification and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment. An Irène Curie Fellow will be part of the Fellowship Program for a period of 5 years starting with the date of appointment. Within this timeframe, women are entitled to an additional start-up package and a mentoring program. The program starts per July 1st, 2019. Please see also:

Under European jurisdiction it is lawful to specifically recruit underrepresented groups. If no female candidate is found in the first six months of recruitment, this vacancy will be re-opened as a generic vacancy.

Information and application


  • Questions regarding the academic content of the position can be directed to L. Brunsveld (L.Brunsveld{at}
  • For information about the Biomedical Engineering department at TU/e see:
  • For information about the employment conditions at TU/e see:
  • Other information can be obtained from the HR department, e-mail: HRServices.Gemini{at}

How to apply: If you would like to apply, please send us your application by using the 'Apply for this job’ button on the TU/e website. Your application must include: 

  • One-page personal motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of two references and an overview of current research interests

Please keep in mind: you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each.