Educational research teaching assistant

Educational research teaching assistant

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21 Mar 7 Apr Amsterdam

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Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic student assistant to support various elements of a small research project, described below. Your core tasks will include transcription, coding, and administrative tasks. Ideally you will also be able to actively contribute to the data analysis and any needed literature research.

Project Description
The focus of the research is an exploratory, qualitative study examining the experiences and motivation of junior lecturers who are involved with educational innovations. Recently, junior lecturers within the Faculty of Science have been invited to apply for the Futureproofing science education grant. This grant offers them the opportunity to fund an educational innovation aimed at improving student well-being and study success. All junior lecturers in the Faculty of Sciences will be approached, either for an interview or to complete a survey. Based on the initial results, follow-up interviews may also be conducted.

Your duties
  • Transcribe interviews with assistance of transcription software
  • Collect and organize survey results
  • Assist in qualitative analysis of collected data, including deductive and inductive coding
  • Assist in literature research as needed
  • General administrative tasks related to the research


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • Experience in qualitative research, in particular in the interpretation and coding of data or other relevant experience
  • Strong analytical capacity; able to identify core concepts and connections in complex systems
  • Affinity for the subject matter
  • Accurate typist and can confidently navigate unfamiliar software
  • Ability to work independently and flexibly
  • Strong English language skills, Dutch is also a benefit but not required
  • Registered as a student at a Dutch university, preferably in the third year of a bachelor degree or in a masters degree

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.

We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not meet all the requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 months.

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:
  • a salary € 2.618,00 (SA) gross per month, on a full-time basis. This is based on UFO profile Student assistant step 3. The exact salary depends on your education and experience.
  • a position for at least 0.1 FTE. Your employment contract will initially last 6 months.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and regulations. Some examples:
  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • good growth opportunities
  • hybrid working enables a good work-life balance


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Our department conducts internationally renowned research and provides inspiring teaching. We aim to inspire through imagination and vision, within a safe and stimulating environment. We believe that challenging existing theories contributes to a better world. We push the boundaries of our knowledge in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences to pass it on to future generations. Our core values are inspiration, interdisciplinary & collegial collaboration, and curiosity.

The department conducts research across a broad spectrum of the molecular sciences, "from electrons to drugs and smart materials." The research is combined with valorization and educational innovation.

Faculty of Science
Researchers and students at VU Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science tackle fundamental and complex scientific problems to help pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, and from molecules to the moon: we cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. Our teaching and research have a strong experimentally technical, computational and interdisciplinary nature.

We work on new solutions guided by value-driven, interdisciplinary methodologies. We are committed to research, valorisation and training socially engaged citizens of the world who will make valuable contributions to a sustainable, healthy future.

Are you interested in joining the Faculty of Science? You will join undergraduate students, PhD candidates and researchers at the biggest sciences faculty in the Netherlands. You will combine a professional focus with a broad view of the world. We are proud of our collegial working climate, characterised by committed staff, a pragmatic attitude and engagement in the larger whole. The faculty is home to over 11,000 students enrolled in 40 study programmes. It employs over 1,600 professionals spread across 10 academic departments.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam stands for values-driven education and research. We are open-minded experts with the ability to think freely. - a broader mind. Maintaining an entrepreneurial perspective and concentrating on diversity, significance and humanity, we work on sustainable solutions with social impact. By joining forces, across the boundaries of disciplines, we work towards a better world for people and planet. Together we create a safe and respectful working and study climate, and an inspiring environment for education and research. Learn more about our codes of conduct

We are located on one physical campus, in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas business district, with excellent location and accessibility. Over 5,500 staff work at the VU and over 30,000 students attend academic education.

Diversity is the driving force of the VU. The VU wants to be accessible and receptive to diversity in disciplines, cultures, ideas, nationalities, beliefs, preferences and worldviews. We believe that trust, respect, interest and differences lead to new insights and innovation, to sharpness and clarity, to excellence and a broader understanding.

We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity and internationalisation contribute to the quality of education, research and our services.

Therefore, we are always searching for people whose backgrounds and experience contribute to the diversity of the VU community.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Agriculture
  • max. €2618 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 3852


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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