Director of Studies Circular Engineering

Director of Studies Circular Engineering

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1 Apr 31 May Maastricht

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Maastricht University is looking for an educational leader to be the founding Director of Studies for the new bachelor programme in Circular Engineering.

Job description

This exciting new bachelor programme in Circular Engineering will start September 2021 and trains students as circular engineers who are able to provide technical solutions in the transition to a circular economy. It bridges different engineering domains in an interdisciplinary manner, integrating sustainability throughout the curriculum. The programme provides students with a broad basis, a rigid engineering foundation and in-depth knowledge and skills in one of three concentrations in Circular Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Biotechnology, or Engineering Physics. In line with the educational philosophy of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the programme offers small scale teaching, a partially open curriculum and intensive guidance of students.

To further strengthen the educational profile and to lead the start of the bachelor programme, we are looking for a founding Director of Studies. We are searching for a talented and motivated candidate who has a strong educational track record in a relevant field of Circular Engineering, including prior experience in educational management, accreditation and programme development, preferably in an international setting. The candidate needs to have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, since this is an important focus area of this position. In addition to educational management, the candidate will be responsible for developing and teaching courses, skills and projects. The candidate will also have the opportunity to supervise thesis students in their research and design endeavours. The expectation is that the candidate will devote up to half time of the appointment to educational management. The remainder of the time will focus on research and educational activities, depending on the qualifications and interests of the candidate. Candidates with a multidisciplinary interest and willingness to cross boundaries between disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The programmes at the Faculty of Science and Engineering are characterized by small-scale student-centred education. The director of studies is expected to become an active part of our community, advising students, mentoring staff, organizing activities, building a scientific network for our students and staff to explore and establishing contacts with other faculties within Maastricht, the Netherlands and across the world. The position will report directly to the Faculty Board and will become part of the educational management team of the faculty.


Maastricht University (UM)


Formal education and a PhD in a relevant academic engineering field;

  • An excellent track record, which includes educational management;
  • Teaching experience in a relevant engineering field;
  • Good familiarity with teaching at the bachelor level in an international setting would be considered an asset when applying;
  • An excellent command of the English language and you flourish well in an international setting and rapidly developing environment.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 2 years.

  • We offer a rewarding career at a young university in the heart of Europe, with a distinct global perspective and a strong focus on innovative research and education;
  • The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO), supplement with local UM provisions. For more information on terms of employment, please visit our website > Support > UM employees;
  • The salary will be set in salary scale 13 or 14 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (from € 5.190,- to € 6.940,- gross per month depending on experience and qualifications, based on a full-time appointment). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% year-end allowance;
  • We offer an attractive package of fringe benefits such as reduction on collective health insurance, substantial leave arrangements, optional model for designing a personalised benefits package and application for attractive fiscal arrangements for employees from abroad.

Contract type

We intend to offer a permanent contract to senior candidates. However, for junior candidates we will first offer a temporary contract of 2 years. In that case depending on the development of the performance, an extension of the employment contract is possible.


Maastricht University

Located in the heart of Europe, UM is the most international university in the Netherlands with half of our students and one third of academic staff coming from abroad. In total, UM has around 20.000 students and 4,700 employees and represents 100 different nationalities. Maastricht University is a stimulating environment where research and teaching are complementary, where innovation is our focus and where talent can flourish. Research is characterised by a multidisciplinary, thematic, and collaborative approach, and with education, forms the core of UM.
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Faculty of Science and Engineering
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is home to several outstanding departments and institutions covering education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the liberal arts and sciences.

Maastricht University is an international organization, embracing a diverse student and staff population. We strongly believe that diversity is our advantage and creating an inclusive working climate in which students and staff feel a valued member of the UM community is therefore a top strategic priority. UM values diversity within its community and encourages you to apply.


Circular Engineering

Since September 2011, Maastricht University has developed bachelor and master education in engineering and in the natural sciences. Currently, the total enrolment of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is about 2500 students from over 50 countries. It is the ambition of Maastricht University to further strengthen these programmes. In addition, new science and engineering programmes are currently being developed. With the growth of the faculty, the director may also become involved in the development of new programmes as well as facilitating synergy between programmes.

The programme in Circular Engineering is closely linked to established and new research institutes and there are strong interactions with industry. The programme is partially offered at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus near Geleen, surrounded by industry, the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, in close proximity to important agrifood players, and the Brightlands Health Campus in Maastricht, which also houses the Maastricht UMC+ hospital and med-tech companies. The director of studies ensures that good working relationships with academic and industrial partners on the different campuses are

established and maintained.


  • Professor; Associate professor
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €5190—€6940 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2021.106


Maastricht University (UM)

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