Postdoc Fellowship Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena

Faculteit/Dienst:  Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
Opleidingsniveau:  Gepromoveerd
Functie type:  Wetenschappelijk Personeel
Sluitingsdatum:  31.01.2022
Vacaturenummer:  7820



The Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP) has one open position for a two-year postdoc fellowship.


DIEP@UvA seeks a senior postdoc whose research is at the interface between chemistry pursed at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences  (HIMS) and research pursued at least in one of the other institutes: the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI), the Institute of Physics  (IoP), the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), the Informatics Institute (IvI), and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS).


You will join an exciting team of scientists that conducts exciting interdisciplinary research within emergence in areas such as non-equilibrium systems, stochastic systems, causality & causal inference, collective intelligence & social behaviour, network theory, multi-scale modelling, quantum information, multi-agent systems, phases of matter, and spacetime. 


We expect you to be able to work with a high degree of independence and serve as a driving force for your research subject. We also expect you to participate and help with the centre’s activities and contribute to the creation of an exciting research environment.


The position is open to suitable candidates with a PhD in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, or logic. The candidates should have (some) experience as an independent researcher, and excellent organisational, communication and cooperation skills.


Read a more detailed description of the DIEP@UvA research priority areas


Read DIEP@UvA's research portfolio for concrete ongoing research projects


What are you going to do


The research fellow will be integrated within the research interests of at least two of the following institutes: IoP (physics), HIMS (chemistry), IILC (logic), KdV (mathematics) and Ivl (computer science).


You are expected to:

  • perform high level research (analytical theory, numerical modeling or logical-semantical foundations, experiment, formal proofs etc.) related to the above topics or a closely related field;
  • work together with several other researchers within DIEP from different background (mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, logic);
  • act as central beacon on the research topic within DIEP;
  • assist in organising workshops related to the DIEP topics.


What do we require of you


Your experience and profile consist of:

  • a PhD degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, or logic;
  • experience as an independent researcher;
  • excellent organisational, communicational (in oral and written English) and cooperational skills.  


Our offer


A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting as soon as possible, for the duration of two years.


The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be 2,836 to 4,474 (scale 10) gross per month, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.


Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.


About us


The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.


To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.




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Job application


Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by the 31 January 2022. You may apply online by using the link below.


Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a cover letter including motivation and explaining how your research fits into DIEP@UvA research priority areas, what institutes could be involved, potential co-workers and research subjects (see research portfolio);
  • your CV, including publication list and;
  • the name and email address of two referees, who will be contacted directly and asked to send a recommendation letter.


We will invite potential candidates for interviews within three weeks after the closing date.



The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


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