Programme Manager Master degrees Chemical Sciences (0.8 FTE)

Programme Manager Master degrees Chemical Sciences (0.8 FTE)

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26 May 19 Jun Utrecht

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Do you want to be deeply involved in educating the chemists of the future in the fields of nanomaterials science and sustainable and circular chemistry?

Job description

In this position you will be the coordinator for the two chemistry research Master programmes: Nanomaterials Science and Sustainable and Circular Chemistry.

In the Master programme Nanomaterials Science students gain in-depth knowledge on, and research experience with, novel nanomaterials and their synthesis, structure, modelling, properties, and applications – for example, as catalysts or in nanophotonics. The programme provides the graduates the knowledge and skills required to perform interdisciplinary research at the interface between chemistry and physics, and learn how to use nanomaterials to find unique solutions for the transition to a sustainable society.

The new Master programme Sustainable and Circular Chemistry (to be launched in 2024) provides students with the skills and knowledge that will allow graduates to help solve the energy, resource and materials transitions society is facing. Starting from a strong base in chemistry, students gain hands-on experience with systems thinking in the design of novel safe and sustainable routes for making new chemicals and materials. Main themes are catalysis and molecular chemistry, as well as aspects of modern data science.

As programme manager of the two research master programmes you constantly operate at the interface of education and scientific research and you:

  • Are responsible for the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the curriculum, together with the programme directors
  • Are the liaison between the various research groups of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science and the Institute for Sustainable and Circular Chemistry, responsible for the coherence between the various courses in the two Master programmes.
  • Are point of contact for the programme directors, the lecturers and the graduate school, and you are the spokesperson for the Masters programmes towards the students and other parties.
  • Are responsible for the day-to-day operational processes, working both independently and as part of a team at the Education Institute of the Chemistry Department.
  • Are the contact point for the admission process for students, as well as for the students enrolled in the programmes.
  • Develop, organize, and ensure continuous quality improvement projects, and the visibility of educational themes (leerlijnen) in the short and long term, working closely with the programme directors
  • You stimulate cooperation and ensure student satisfaction.


Utrecht University


As a programme manager, you will use strong organizational skills and are able to work independently, showing initiative and resourcefulness. You have a feel for political and administrative relations. You switch easily between subjects and can connect people and interests. You feel at home in a world full of digital applications. New technological possibilities make you curious.

What do you bring?

  • a completed academic education, preferably a PhD in the Natural Sciences or a related discipline.
  • You know how to create support among key stakeholders. You can quickly get to grips with subjects, keep an overview and know how to ask the right (critical) questions.
  • You have organisational skills, enjoy working in multidisciplinary teams, and are able to act as liaison and nexus between diverse stakeholders.
  • You are able to monitor the division of roles and tasks within projects and know how to motivate and guide the project team members enthusiastically.
  • Knowledge and clear affinity with university educational systems is a plus.

We work in an international context and the official language of the Master programmes is English. We therefore ask candidates to have a good command of both Dutch and English.

We are also happy to meet enthusiastic candidates who meet some of the conditions and competences.

Conditions of employment

  • A position for 1 year. After positive evaluation, this can be turned into a permanent position;
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from €2,960 to €5,439 in scale 10 or 11;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, professional development, (partly paid) parental leave, sports and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model).  We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.

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  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • Natural sciences
  • 30—32 hours per week
  • €2960—€5439 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1210496



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