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

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 months.

  • A challenging position within an innovative, welcoming international team
  • A time investment of approximately 4 hours per week (0,1FTE) for a duration of six months starting April 1st 2024.
  • A salary conform with the student assistant salary scale (SA 101 - 103).


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

About the division iH2LS
The division Innovations in Human Health & Life Sciences (iH2LS) is a young and dynamic team of lecturers and researchers under prof. dr. Jacqueline van Muijlwijk. This team is involved in the teaching and development of educational programs in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In addition to teaching, they especially focus on scientific research regarding the implementation and effect of educational innovations. You will perform your duties for the faculty within the iH2LS team.


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


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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