Geochemical laboratory manager f/m

FTE: 1.0 (5 days)
Vacancy number: 17023
End date: 1st March 2017

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

The Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) offers a range of Bachelor and Master Programmes and research focuses on the fields of the Earth, life, health and environmental sciences. World-class teaching and cutting-edge research activities go hand in hand. FALW works together with other faculties like medicine, exact sciences, economics, psychology and social sciences. The faculty's research facilities can be categorized as excellent. The faculty's international focus fosters cross-border collaboration, leading to substantially improved quality and greater impact of our research results.

The Geology and Geochemistry section is part of the Department of Earth Science and is a world-leading research group that develops state-of-the-art research methods and instrumentation for application to geochemistry, petrology, planetology, tectonics and sedimentology. A major focus is on the use of isotopes and trace-elements to decipher surface and interior processes of Earth and terrestrial planets. The isotope geochemistry laboratories operate as a national facility and hence apply newly developed techniques across the sciences and social sciences, including for example novel applications in ecology, archaeology, forensics and art history.


We are seeking an isotope geochemistry lab manager with broad technical expertise and scientific interest. He/she will join an active research group of 14 staff, 5 post docs and 15 PhD's. The lab manager will be responsible for providing daily support to the team in all research aspects, alternating hands-on work (new user supervision and technique development) with lab management responsibilities. The main activities will include:

  • Responsibility for the daily operation of a cleanroom (after 18 months of training);
  • Responsibility for regular maintenance of a MC-ICPMS, TIMS and ICP-MS equipment;
  • Assist in the development of new techniques and protocols;
  • Support and instruct students, post-docs and student-assistants in the use of clean lab, ICP-MS, MC-ICPMS and TIMS;
  • Assist in the development of new techniques and protocols;
  • Contribute to scientific research and publications;
  • Contribute to basic administrative tasks of the group (ordering, invoices etc.);
  • Contribute to the selection of new equipment.


The candidate should preferably have:

  • A PhD in geochemistry, with extensive experience in the development of clean lab, TIMS and MC-ICPMS procedures;
  • Excellent English language communications skills;
  • An open attitude towards multi-disciplinary research and be a team player;
  • Availability of 5 days a week is a plus.

Further particulars

The position is available immediately. The employment contract is for an initial period of 1 year, with a view to extend or tenure. Information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment can be found at :

  • Remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • Solid pension scheme (ABP);
  • A minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
  • Generous contribution (65%) commuting allowance based on public transport;
  • Discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
  • Participation in Individual Choices model;
  • 't Olifantje provides professional childcare on the VU campus;
  • A wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of 3193 gross per month up to a maximum of 4028 gross per month (salary scale 10) based on a fulltime employment.


For additional information please contact: dr. Pieter Z. Vroon,


Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and the names of two referees who can comment on both academic and technical capabilities. Written applications should be sent before 1st March to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of earth and Life Sciences
Attn.: Mrs. F. Bosse
De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
It is also possible to apply by e-mail to:

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header or at the top of your letter and on the envelope.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

posted: 30 January 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.