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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in neurogenomics/cellular neuroscience

Functional Genomics Department Center for Neurogenomics & Cognitive Research Vrije University
Amsterdam (Gemeente), Noord-Holland (NL)
A minimum gross €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439, depending on your education and experience
Closing date
Dec 18, 2022

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Are you a talented and motivated early career scientist with the ambition to apply your expertise to neuroscience and brain disorders? At VU, you will have the opportunity to develop an independent and innovative research program using (human) cell models. Our greater goal is to explore new directions using innovative and state-of-the-art approaches in neuroscience research that contribute to our understanding of brain disease. You will work at the department of Functional Genomics, at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research ( of Vrije Universiteit and Amsterdam UMC. Your own research program at VU complements, connects to and synergizes with existing research in the department and center. We have significant infrastructure and operating funds available.

Your responsibilities:

  • develop an innovative, independent research program, resulting in impactful scientific publications in influential peer-reviewed journals
  • support your research program with external funding
  • supervise graduate students contribute to undergraduate teaching at bachelor and master level
  • contribute to the scientific quality and an inspiring, collaborative atmosphere at the institute


We are seeking a candidate with the following qualities and requirements:

  • a completed PhD in molecular/cellular neurobiology or related field
  • at least three years of postdoctoral research experience, outside the institute where you obtained your PhD degree
  • the potential to excel as team leader of an independent research group, demonstrated by a strong publication record and ability to acquire external research funding
  • a strong passion for neuroscience and brain disease a collaborative attitude a proven ability for academic supervision and training of students
  • you have a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), or are willing to obtain one
  • English language proficiency at CEFR C1/C2 level

Functional Genomics and CNCR are seeking to promote diversity among our team leaders.

Functional Genomics is a dynamic and collaborative department that currently comprises of 6 male and 2 female team leaders. As it is our explicit ambition to be a diverse and inclusive institute, we particularly invite national and international female scientists to apply. In addition to neuroscientists and cell biologists, we welcome applications from scientists with a complementary scientific background (e.g., bioinformatics,  chemistry, biophysics) that can contribute to our greater research goal and scientific community.

Working environment

The department of Functional Genomics, at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (, is part of Vrije Universiteit and Amsterdam UMC. The CNCR is one of the leading neuroscience institutes in Europe, with internationally recognized research programs in synapse biology, human neuroscience and complex trait genetics. In this interinstitutional center you will be surrounded by a broad spectrum of neuroscience experts. This greatly facilitates local collaborations and will give you access to a diversity of international scientific networks to benefit your research group. In addition, you have access to support of dedicated lab technicians and free access to all equipment within the center. Amsterdam is a family friendly city and Vrije Universiteit supports a healthy work-life balance.


The Functional Genomics department studies the presynaptic nerve terminal in health and disease.
We study presynaptic mechanisms that adjust synaptic transmission (presynaptic plasticity), the trafficking & fusion of neuropeptide vesicles (dense core vesicles) and presynaptic mechanisms of degeneration.

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