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Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry within the Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Are you a chemist with a passion for teaching? The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Maastricht University would be excited to welcome a new colleague who is keen to make a significant impact on the quality of our education and the support the faculty’s research agenda


We are looking for an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry to help facilitate education, research and innovation in an interdisciplinary setting.

As an Assistant Professor, you will be involved in teaching of organic chemistry courses in several bachelor programmes. Furthermore, you will participate in existing research lines on the organic synthesis of molecules and materials for (bio)medical and sensing applications. You will also help to develop new research lines within the faculty and should therefore engage in collaborations with other research clusters at Maastricht University, other universities and companies.

More specifically, you will: 

  • Teach courses at the bachelor level (in English);
  • Supervise students at all levels (BSc, MSc, PhD);
  • Support the design of undergraduate and (post)graduate courses;
  • Apply for research funding on a national and European level. 


Our ideal candidate has: 

  • A PhD degree in organic chemistry or a strongly related field;
  • Ideally, at least 2 year working experience in an academic environment post-PhD;
  • A track record in research and teaching;
  • Experience with applying for research funding;
  • Experience with guiding Bachelor/Master/PhD students;
  • English language fluency;
  • A personality characterized by team spirit, ambition, and vision;
  • A keenness to build bridges between disciplines and to work in an interdisciplinary, international environment. 

We will help you develop yourself as a teacher and obtain a University Teaching Qualification (BKO, for basiskwalificatie onderwijs: an official certification for teaching at Dutch universities) through a training programme, in case you are not yet certified. 

Candidates who do not speak Dutch will be supported in achieving an intermediate level proficiency in a reasonable timeframe. 


Fixed-term contract: 18 months. 

As an Assistant Professorat the Faculty of Science and Engineering, you will be employed by the most international university of the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you: 

  • Good employment conditions. The position is in grated in scale 11 according to the UFO profile Assistant Professor function level 2 with corresponding salary ranging from €3,974 to €5,439 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus are applicable.
  • An employment contract for a period of 18 months with a scope of 1.0 FTE. If proven suitable, the employment contract will be converted into an indefinite contract.
  • As a holder of the ‘Family-friendly University’ quality mark, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as ‘acknowledge and appreciate’. 

The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, Click here 


Maastricht University

Why work at Maastricht University? 

At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.  

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers. 

With over 22.300 students and more than 5.000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community. 

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.  

Click here for more information about UM. 


Faculty of Science and Engineering

At the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) we focus on themes such as circularity and sustainability, future farming, digitisation and (scientific) instrument development. FSE’s leading projects, like the Einstein Telescope Pathfinder, are sure to grab anyone’s attention. The Faculty is a vibrant hub of education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). At FSE, over 450 staff members and 3150 students gather to explore exciting interdisciplinary research and educational programmes. Feel welcome, be part of our team and put your brilliant mind to work!

FSE at the Brightlands Campuses  

Maastricht, Sittard-Geleen, Heerlen and Venlo, the homes of four creative Brightlands campuses, are bustling with 30,000 entrepreneurs, researchers and students working diligently to solve global challenges. The Faculty of Science and Engineering is active on all four Brightlands campuses and this is where our impact reaches its peak. To give you an idea of what is happening on each campus: Sittard-Geleen is home to one of the largest chemistry and materials sites in Europe, while Venlo is a large hub for agri-food innovation. Maastricht is the site of the Health Campus, and Heerlen is the place to be for Smart Services. 



Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Dr. Hanne Diliën: [email protected] information.


Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new Assistant Professor? Apply now, no later than 19 July, for this position.

Click Here to Apply For The Job


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