Assistant Professor of Econometrics and Data Science
VU University of Amsterdam School of Business and Economics

Are you driven for top-notch research and teaching in Econometrics and Data Science in a dynamic department? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to invite your application


FTE: 1 


We seek new colleague who contribute to building and extending the department’s reputation for excellence in research and teaching. Our research aims at having impact, evidenced by publications in top international academic journals. Teaching focuses on econometrics, statistics and data science courses and student supervision. We offer a well-structured tenure track.

Your duties

  • doing innovative research and publish this research in the international top journals of your field
  • creating a stimulating learning environment for students in econometrics at all levels (BSc and MSc), and continue to improve teaching quality
  • being active in acquiring additional research funds, both individually and as a team effort


  • a PhD degree, specializing in econometrics, statistics, data science, or a related field
  • strong research potential, preferably evidenced by publications
  • teaching experience, evidenced by good evaluations
  • fluency in English


A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 (scale 11) and a maximum €4,978 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system. The position is full-time, part-time (≥0.8fte) is possible.

The initial employment contract for an Assistant Professor will be for a period of 6 years, with the possibility of tenure. The tenure track position involves research (40%) and teaching (60%). At the end of the second year a mid-term performance evaluation will take place by the Tenure Track Committee (TTC). In the fifth year, the TTC will review your file in order to decide upon the tenured assignment, based on the assessment criteria of the Tenure Track system at SBE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
● a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
● 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
● solid pension scheme (ABP)
● contribution to commuting allowance based on public transport
● optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.

About the department, institute, project

The Department of Econometrics and Data Science is driven for science with purpose, pushing the academic frontier by publishing at the highest level  in the top international journals in our field and collaborating with outside partners to link academic advancement with real world problems. Teaching wise, our mission is to empower students with the methodological skills and enduring curiosity to contribute to solving today’s challenges in business and economics. Read more about our top-rated BSc in Econometrics and Operations Research, our recent BSc specialization in Econometrics and Data Science, our top-rated MSc in Econometrics and Operations Research and our highly successful minor programme Applied Econometrics. We also actively participate in the Tinbergen Institute and Amsterdam Business Research Insitute, our internationally renowned joint graduate schools in Business and Economics. The department offers many collaboration opportunities for econometricians and data scientists, both within the department (dynamic econometrics, prediction, non-parametric and adaptive models, optimization methods, network economics), across departments of SBE (finance, marketing, labor and geno economics, spatial economics), and across schools (business analytics, mathematical statistics, artificial intelligence, life sciences).


The position typically start in September 2020. The application deadline is 9 July 2020 but we partly process applications as they come in. Applicants need to provide (via the application button below) their
● application letter,
● curriculum vitae,
● teaching evaluations (if available).

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your materials.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Siem Jan Koopman
Position: Professor of Econometrics

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