Teaching Coordinator (junior) spatial sustainability education

Teaching Coordinator (junior) spatial sustainability education

Published Deadline Location
29 Jul 20 Aug Enschede

Job description

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM, VU) and Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC, UT) are renowned knowledge institutes with strong teaching programs to train professionals to contribute to sustainable future societies. The BSc and MSc programmes at these institutes address complex societal challenges related to sustainable use of land resources, food security, circularity and resilience. The teaching programs on these topics are highly complementary. While VU-IVM has interdisciplinary MScs and BScs focusing on describing linkages between social and natural systems, UT-ITC's MSc interdisciplinary programs focus on the geo-information science and technologies to capture these processes in space and time. This content-based connection but with different foci opens opportunities for joint teaching programs.

In this context we are looking for a Teaching Coordinator to explore opportunities and content towards a solid joint teaching program bridging spatial and sustainability sciences at BSc and MSc level. More specifically, you will explore three options for operationalizing the collaboration between both institutes: 1) the development of a joint minor programme at BSc level; 2) the development of joint courses at MSc level; and 3) the possibility of exchanging topics for master theses.

Your tasks include:
  • Explore options for joint education activities between VU-IVM and UT-ITC, based on discussion with stakeholders in both institutes and elsewhere.
  • Develop a report detailing these options, both at the conceptual level and operationally (i.e. including lists of courses, programs, teachers, topics, procedures, etc.).
  • Organize and participate in two dedicated workshops to explore this collaboration with staff from both institutes.
  • Organize and execute consultation with relevant students at BSc and MSc level at both institutes.


University of Twente (UT)


  • Have an MSc in a relevant field, such as Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Science or GIS (for example Spatial Engineering, or Global Environmental Change and Policy)
  • Have experience in or knowledge of the education system of the University of Twente or the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (for example, by having studied at one of these institutes).
  • Have interest in academic education, in particular in relation to sustainability and land use.
  • Have a collaborative attitude, good communication skills.
  • Are fluent in English, fluency in Dutch is an asset.

Conditions of employment

Our offer

We offer an inspiring international environment for 40 hours per week. You will be employed for 6 months.
  • Gross monthly salary between € 2,818.00 and € 3,764.00 fulltime, depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Research/Education Officer, level 3)
  • A holiday allowance of 8 % of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %
  • Facilities for professional and personal development
  • A solid pension scheme
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • A total of 41 holiday days per year in case of full-time employment
Starting date of the position is September 2022. This position requires frequent travel between Enschede and Amsterdam (the main office location could be in either city).

Additional information

Additional information about the position can be obtained from Prof Wieteke Willemen (e-mail: l.l.willemen@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit the ITC and IVM homepages (https://www.itc.nl/, https://vu.nl/en/about-vu/research-institutes/ivm).

Please submit your application before 20 August 2022 (choose "apply here" below). Your application has to include i) a motivation letter how you meet the selection criteria and ii) a detailed CV.

The University of Twente wants to be an organisation that optimally deploys diversity, talents and capabilities in the labour market for now and the future. In the framework of our diversity and inclusiveness policy, we strongly stimulate people with a (work) disability to apply for this position.

In accordance with international law, only applicants holding the nationality of a member state of the EU/EEA or Switzerland could be employed in this support (non-academic) position.


  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2818—€3764 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 693


University of Twente (UT)

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Make sure to apply no later than 20 Aug 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).