Working at the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,000, as well as 1,500 members of staff working in education, research or support services. The faculty consists of eight research institutes, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, the College of Science and three Graduate Schools.

Working at the University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a long and rich history. First established as the Athenaeum Illustre in 1632, today the UvA is one of the largest comprehensive research universities in Europe with over 30,000 students and 5,000 employees representing more than 100 nationalities.

Every year UvA-researchers publish around 10,000 articles in scientific journals. Fundamental research conducted at the University is highly ranked internationally and our programmes for applied research are often at the interface of multiple disciplines and focused on societal issues.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Staff Immigration office

The UvA has a staff immigration office which ensures the provision of the necessary information to new foreign employees. On their website you can find information on immigration procedures, housing, finances and other practical information regards moving and living in the Netherlands.

Facts and figures about the Faculty

Every year, the Faculty of Science publishes an Annual Review with facts, figures and research highlights. Some interesting facts and figures:

  • There are roughly 400 PhD candidates at the Faculty of Science (including scholarship students). Every year, around 100 doctoral degrees are conferred
  • In 2015, researchers of the Faculty published 1,489 articles in scientific publications
  • About 25% of the Faculty’s research is financed through grants and awards
  • The Faculty organises a monthly colloquium for staff to exchange ideas and learn about what’s going in other research institutes

For more facts and figures, read our Annual Review. You can also learn more about the Faculty of Science's research priorities, facilities at Amsterdam Science Park, policies and organisational structure by browsing the menu on the left.

Research institutes

Scientific staff is formally appointed by one of the eight research institutes at the Faculty of Science. Each research institute has their own website, detailing the scope and focus of the research being conducted and providing up-to-date information on institute-related news, people and activities.

Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

Informatics Institute

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)

Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)

Institute of Physics

Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics

Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS)

Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)

Researchers of the Faculty of Science

Meet the researchers of our faculty in this video.

Lecturers' support site

The Education Support Centre (ESC) provides support for lecturers in a variety of ways. On their comprehensive Lecturers' site you can find information about course catalogues and time tables as well as on grade administration, teaching regulations and the options available for professional development. 

Terms of employment in our A-Z list

Terms of employment as well as other general information about working at the UvA, including on practical matters such as IT-support and facilities are available in the A-Z list on our Extranet.

Safety guidelines

Health and safety in the workplace is the responsibility of each and every individual. The Faculty of Science has put together a general guide for all Faculty employees, students and guests. The guide outlines in broad terms how you can – and should – ensure that you have a safe, healthy and pleasant working environment. 

These general guidelines are supplemented by the more detailed guidelines developed by each institute, which are tailored towards the requirements of the institute’s field of research. Each institute also has its own safety officer, acting as a point of contact for all health and safety related issues.

This is a short video about safety at the Faculty's location at Amsterdam Science Park: 

Published by  Faculty of Science

21 December 2016