Instructional Designer Professional Education

Instructional Designer Professional Education

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Do you have a passion for Instructional Design, Pedagogy or Education? Then we are looking for you. To strengthen the team and to keep up with our growth ambition, the team Open and Online is looking for an Instructional Designer who is interested in advising, designing, testing and checking educational materials for the online courses created by instructors at Wageningen University and Research.

Who are you?
As part of ESA, the Education Support Centre (ESC) aims at optimizing learning and teaching and at innovating education at our university. ESC seeks to inspire lecturers, to facilitate and support their teaching and the education environment and finally to enhance lecturers' professional teaching competences. The Education Support Centre employs over 80 staff members in 7 teams.

As part of the Education Support Centre (ESC), the Open and Online team is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of online-based courses. We aim to develop high quality educational content for life-long learning in line with the Wageningen mission "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Think of MOOCs and blended programs for professionals. This is done in close cooperation with researchers and teachers who are responsible for the content of those courses. Many of our courses are interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, and we aspire to further develop our instructional support for such courses.

About the role
We are a self-organizing and multidisciplinary team. To strengthen the team and to keep up with the growing ambition for professional education, we are looking for an instructional designer. Your main tasks will be:
  • Advise, inspire and support course instructors on course design and instructional quality for interdisciplinary blended and online courses.
  • Help content matter experts make learning goals explicit and ensuring constructive alignment.
  • Design engaging online-based learning activities that work well.
  • Give feedback on educational materials, such as scripts, texts, quizzes and slides for knowledge clips.
In your role of instructional designer you'll be working in a team of other instructional designers, production managers, a technical expert, marketing advisors, multimedia professionals, and student assistants. In addition, you will work in collaboration with other teams within ESC, like the teams Educational Media and Online Learning Environment.


Wageningen University & Research


  • A relevant MSc-degree in the field of instructional design, pedagogy, educational technology or similar;
  • A minimum of two but preferably five years of relevant work experience in advising and designing online and blended courses. Preferably in an academic setting;
  • Excellent communication and consultancy skills, enabling you to give well-founded advice to teachers and staff and to work in heterogeneous teams;
  • The ability to cope with deadlines;
  • Affinity with working agile;
  • Up-to-date knowledge of educational technology and online tools;
  • Preferably experience in developing online-based educational materials;
  • Passionate about professional education;
  • Excellent proficiency in English (C2).
In addition, you are assertive, solution oriented, a team player, creative and curious. You have affinity with the WUR domains of environment and life sciences.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. The position concerns a working week of 0.8-1.0 fte (32-38 hours/week), with a one year contract. At this moment there is no guarantee the contract will be extended. Salary depends on educational background, training and work experience and is based on scale 10 or 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement scale 10 ranges from €2.960,- gross per month to €5.439,- (based on full-time employment of 38 hours per week).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Education and Student Affairs
'Education and Student Affairs' (ESA) is a central department in Wageningen University and Research, responsible for the strategy, the implementation, the support for- and innovation of- its education. The department matches supply and demand in education, is responsible for all the administrative processes, guarantees the quality of its education and develops and implements the university's vision on education. In addition to its accredited educational BSc and MSc programmes, ESA initiates and develops new educational activities, including an online education portfolio and professional education. More than 200 employees work at the department of Education and Student Affairs.

The Education Support Centre
As part of ESA, the Education Support Centre (ESC) aims to optimize learning, teaching, and educational innovation at our university. ESC seeks to inspire lecturers, facilitate and support their teaching and the education environment, and to enhance lecturers' professional competences.

For 18 years, Wageningen University and Research has had a leading position in the Netherlands. This standing is a recognition of the quality of education provided, the education facilities and its continued implementation of ambitious plans related to blended and open and online education. The Education Support Centre has grown rapidly over the last few years and now employs around 80 staff, organised in 7 teams:
  1. Training & Advice - offers pedagogical advice and educational training, workshops and courses, such as the University Teaching Qualification; (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs).
  2. Open & Online - supports the development and implementation of open and online education via professional learning, Massive Open Online Courses, etc.
  3. Online Learning Environment - offers functional management of the digital learning environment (Brightspace) and emerging educational technology applications.
  4. Educational Media - supporting the production of media and associated capture and distribution technologies.
  5. Digital Examination - 2.960responsible for all the digital assessments in education and associated technologies.
  6. Society Based Education - stimulates and organises real life cases in education offered by societal partners (from business, governmental-, to civil society organisations).
  7. Education Support Service Desk - offers a central point of contact for teachers at Wageningen University, forming a bridge between educators, students and the other teams within ESC.
Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1183476-1


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