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

Posted 03 Nov 2021

University of Groningen

Netherlands (Student)

Job description

We are looking for an academic scientist 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. We are a dynamic, multidisciplinary group of researchers stemming from the fields of mass spectrometry, proteomics and metabolomics. We are very interested in getting in touch with candidates working in the area of spatial-flux-omics investigating spatial location and dynamic changes of proteins and/or metabolites. We are also curious about hearing from applicants in other research areas of mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics with innovative and unique topics. In addition to developing your own research line, one important aspect of the position is building on the scientific knowledge generated by the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy's preclinical and clinical research groups (e.g. Molecular Pharmacology, Drug Design, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Nanomedicine and Drug Targeting, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Biology). Another is complementing the research portfolio of these groups with novel mass spectrometry methods in various application areas, such as biopharmaceutical development, new drug target, single cell proteomics/metabolomics, pathology driven small sample proteomics and metabolomics 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;
  • promote the societal relevance of your research
  • contribute to the organisation of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees in the domains 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 committed to research activities, 30% to teaching, and 10% for organizational tasks. After five years you will be assessed for tenure and promotion to the level of Associate Professor.

As an Associate Professor, 40% of the position is reserved for research activities, 40% for teaching, and 20% for organizational 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 program 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 subjects, such as analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry-based proteomics and/or metabolomics. Demonstrated by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals, proceedings of renowned conferences, and a relevant (inter)national network
  • experience in running an academic research group appropriate to career stage
  • a good track record in teaching and organizational experience appropriate to career stage
  • cross-cultural sensitivity
  • good command of spoken and written English.

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) within three years
  • 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 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 ground-breaking research.

Conditions of employment

We offer a full-time tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor position with:

  • a salary from € 3,807 up to a maximum of € 5,922 gross per month for an Assistant Professor position, or a salary from € 5,275 up to a maximum of € 7,054 gross per month for an Associate Professor position. Salaries (salary scales 11&12 or 13&14 respectively, CAO Dutch Universities, depending on your career stage)
  • holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (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 mentor program 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 information about work at the University of Groningen:

As Assistant Professor you will enter a tenure track that, 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 maternity 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:


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! Please include the following: • a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position; • a curriculum vitae, including an up-to-date publication list and the names and contact details of 3 referees • 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 3 January 11:59pm / before 4 January 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 last 2 weeks of January 2022. 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, Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications. Additional information • The research institute is described at ( • Profile report in which the position is described in more detail ( • Employment conditions of the University of Groningen (

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