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Interdisciplinary three year fellowship

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Foundations and Applications of Emergence (FAEME) has an open position for a three year postdoctoral fellowship. Besides an annual salary detailed below, the fellowship includes a 5k€ travel budget per year and access to funding for visitors and workshop organisation. 
FAEME seeks a senior postdoc whose research is at the interface between at least two of the institutes: the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), 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), the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API). 

You will join an excellent team of scientists that conducts exciting interdisciplinary research within emergence in areas such as logical systems, (quantum) information theory, non-equilibrium statistical physics, theory of critical phenomena, experiments on (quantum) systems and living systems, chemical ecology, reaction networks, multiscale modelling, machine learning, complex system theory, agent-based modelling, causal inference, evolutionary game theory, network analysis, phases of matter, biophysics, emergent spacetime, and stochastic methods. Your research to be carried out at FAEME should be aligned with the Core Problem of Emergence. For ongoing projects within the various research clusters involved within FAEME, see DIEP@UvA (see also DIEP Fellows), AI4Science Lab, and AMCOOL; see also the Project Hub for inspiration.

In order to elaborate your cover letter and future research intent, we recommend that you contact researchers associated with 
FAEME for potential projects and interest.

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 FAEME's activities (e.g. seminars, workshops and other educational activities such as the Emergence course) 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, logic, biology, ecology or astrophysics. The candidates should have (some) experience as an independent researcher, and excellent organisational, communication and cooperation skills.

You are expected to:


  1. Perform, high level research (analytical theory, numerical modelling or logical-semantical foundations, experiment, formal proofs etc.) related to the above topics or a closely related field.

  2. Be able to work together with several other researchers within FAEME from different background (mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, logic, biology, ecology or astronomy).

  3. 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), Ivl (computer science), IBED (biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics) and API (astronomy).

  4. Act as central beacon on the research topic within FAEME.

  5. Assist in organising workshops, seminars or educational activities related to FAEME topics.


Required background:


  1. A PhD in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, logic, biology, ecology, or astronomy.

  2. Experience as an independent researcher.

  3. Excellent organisational, communication and cooperation skills.

Required application material:

  1.  A cover letter including motivation and explaining how your research fits into FAEME, what institutes could be involved, potential co-workers and research subjects (DIEP@UvA , DIEP Fellows, AI4Science Lab, and AMCOOL; see also the Project Hub for inspiration).

  2. A research statement about what topics or research programme you would like to pursue while at FAEME and how.

  3. Your CV, including publication list.

  4. The name and email address of three referees, who will be asked to send their recommendation letters if the candidate is shortlisted.

We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 3 years. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible. The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 3,226 to € 5.090 (scale 10). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. The UFO profile researcher is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands 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.



Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact: Dr. Jay Armas at


About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 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.



Do you recognise yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV, cover letter and research statement by 31st of January 2024. You can apply online by using the link below. 

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