Tenure Track position in Medicinal Chemistry

Tenure Track position in Medicinal Chemistry

at University of Leiden

on 12 November 2020

The Faculty of Science and Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research are looking for a Tenure Track position in Medicinal Chemistry

Key responsibilities
We offer an attractive research and teaching environment, including scientific independence, a collaborative atmosphere, attractive start-up packages and a personal career-development track, including mentoring and support.

The candidate will establish and maintain an independent internationally recognized research program in medicinal chemistry within the division of Drug Discovery and Safety. The candidate will contribute to the teaching tasks, and share other responsibilities of the division and the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR). Candidates from the (broad) field of medicinal chemistry are invited to apply. Candidates aspire to excel in their discipline, and are open to collaborate within the institute with complementary disciplines, as well as those within our faculty. Candidates are expected to contribute to the teaching programs of LACDR, which include Bachelor and Master programs in Biopharmaceutical Sciences (BPS), as well as the Master program in Pharmacy. The position has a variety of tasks depending on the entry level as an assistant professor or associate professor:

Establish and maintain independent research lines in the field of medicinal chemistry for innovative drug discovery and development;

Participate in LACDR's strategic collaboration with the Leiden Institute of Chemistry in the context of the National Sectorplan Chemistry

Contribute to the development of a new generation of young academics;

Initiate ambitious research projects, writes national and international grant proposals;

Teach at different levels of the curriculum and actively contribute to innovative teaching and to the translation of the research into teaching;

Undertake administrative, managerial and governance tasks within the Institute and Faculty;

Convey the academic knowledge and insights acquired to society.

Selection criteria

PhD degree in (Medicinal) Chemistry;

Excellence in research, as proven by PhD thesis and publications;

Affinity to proven experience with teaching;

Potential to proven ability to obtain research grants;

Experience with membrane proteins and/or research in oncology is preferred;

Natural group leader;

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ).

Tenure Track
Our Tenure track is expected to lead to a tenured position as associate professor and grow into the role of a full professor. With our Tenure track we offer you a clear and inviting career path to support you in the development of your personal and professional talents. It has a strong focus on coaching and training. A special mentor program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group, in order to develop your academic leadership skills.  You can read more about our Tenure Track:

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science at Leiden University is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelors’ and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,200 staff and over 4,200 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is a leading institute dedicated to world-class research and education in drug discovery and development. LACDR comprises a diverse and international team of approximately 150 researchers. The research conducted at the LACDR is clustered within the divisions of BioTherapeutics, Drug Discovery & Safety and Systems Biomedicine & Pharmacology. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research from, a strong monodisciplinary basis.

Terms and conditions
The track consists of a temporary appointment for a period of six years maximum. The gross monthly salary at assistant professor level is between € 3.746,-  and € 5.826,- depending on your level of experience. (pay scale 11 or 12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 

An appointment with Leiden University includes a pension build-up and other benefits; these include an annual holiday premium of 8%, an end-of-year premium of 8.3% and a paid parental leave of 62,5%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Dual Career Programme
Leiden University offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on pay-roll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with nearby universities of Delft and Rotterdam (Erasmus). Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break

University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). For more information on the UTQ please go to our teacher qualification page on our website. Newly appointed staff is expected to obtain this qualification within 2-3 years from their appointment.

At the Faculty of Science we value inclusiveness and strive for a diverse community with equal opportunities for all. We give full support to our staff in achieving their potential to become independent academic researchers and teachers. For more information about our policy on diversity and equality please go to the diversity page on our website. Hence, Leiden University especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries about the position can be made to Bob van de Water, email water_b@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl or Laura Heitman, email l.h.heitman@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Lia Hinne, email l.e.hinne@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl. Only applications received no later than 7 December 2020 can be considered. Please ensure that you include the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

Motivation letter;

Full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;

Brief past and future research statements;

Contact details of at least three persons who can be contacted for reference (and have agreed to be contacted).

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