Full Professor and Tenure Track Assistant Professors Behaviour and Neurosciences, Groningen, Netherlands

We are looking for one professor and two tenure-track assistant professors. We are looking for people working in the field of neurosciences in general and more specifically on behavioural neurosciences. Of particular interests would be people working on epigenetics or individual variation in behaviour, but all other themes are also welcome.


Full Professor and Tenure Track Assistant Professors Behaviour and Neurosciences (213065-67)

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Job description

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is pleased to announce three vacancies, one for a full professor and two for tenure track assistant professors, to be appointed in the Centre for Behaviour and Neurosciences (CBN). CBN owns excellent animal facilities, labs for a wide variety of scientific techniques, facilities to study human behaviour in the absence of time cues, and modern imaging facilities.
CBN is searching for a full professor who has a major interest in understanding the neural basis of individual differences in behaviour. The institute wants to increase its range of optogenetic and/or pharmacogenetic tools to address new causal questions in behavioural neuroscience and aims to appoint at least one candidate with expertise in these fields and/or the field of epigenetics. The candidates are expected to augment and strengthen the profile of the institute by bringing in and developing their own research lines within the area of behaviour and neurosciences, while at the same time offering connections to current research in the institute. They are expected to attract PhD students and build up an internationally leading research group in their field, mainly based on extramural
funding. They must be excellent teachers who can motivate students of different disciplines and be able to develop new courses on specific topics about behaviour and neuroscience in the BSc and the MSc programmes. Teaching duties include the supervision of Bachelor, Master and PhD students.

The University of Groningen is an equal-opportunity employer. Female candidates
are encouraged to apply.

The University provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.


Candidates should have a PhD degree in a relevant field of the Behavioural Sciences and/or Neurosciences. CBN is interested in behavioural neuroscientists who have the capacity to teach in biomedical sciences.

Furthermore you will need to have the following qualifications:

At least two years of international (postdoctoral) experience and a track record of outstanding research and international recognition appropriate to the stage of his/her career, with publications in leading journals.

Excellent organisational and teaching skills.

Fluent in English and have a good knowledge of Dutch, or be willing to learn Dutch within a time frame of two years.

Experience in the acquisition of research funds is required.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience for tenure track positions from € 3,227 minimum to a maximum of € 5,020 (CAO-NU scale 11/12); for the full professor position from € 4,953 minimum to a maximum of € 7,213 (CAO-NU scale H2 ) gross per month for a full-time position.


Interested candidates are requested to submit a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a list of five self-selected “best papers” (not copies of the papers), a statement on teaching goals and experience, and a brief description (maximum: 3 pages) of scientific interests and accomplishments.

Please send your application before 24 April 2013 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the universities website).

Acquisition is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Prof. D.G.M. Beersma, Scientific Director of CBN, +31 50

3632053, d.g.m.beersma@rug.nl


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