Junior Teacher Interdisciplinary Skills

Junior Teacher Interdisciplinary Skills

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30 May 17 Jun Amsterdam

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Job description

Are you interested in interdisciplinary research projects? Are you skilled at helping students integrate knowledge from a variety of fields? Do you enjoy supervising and coaching students to work on such projects in brain and cognitive sciences? We are looking for teaching staff for a six-month course on interdisciplinary skills (Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research), organised by the research master’s programme Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies.

What are you going to do?
As a junior teacher, you will be involved in teaching weekly workgroups on Tuesday evenings, supervising a group of 20 students throughout their research project. You will explain interdisciplinary skills and model interdisciplinarity by coaching students through assignments and an exploration of literature. Doing so, you will help promote collaborative skills, such as listening, explaining, deliberating and project management. Besides that, you will have individual meetings with the students to monitor their well-being and to mentor them as young scientists, in close collaboration with the programme study adviser.

During the whole course, you will follow existing lesson plans, but you have the opportunity to refine or adapt them in collaboration with the course coordinator. Finally, your role also includes assessing student work during project progress.

Your profile
  • You have a master’s degree or PhD in a field related to brain and/or cognition;
  • You have demonstrable experience in teaching, preferably in an interdisciplinary setting;
  • You are eager to learn about interdisciplinary skills and toolkits;
  • As student projects evolve, you are able to shift between coaching and directive styles, depending on the student group and the progress of their work;
  • To promote student creativity and input, you are able to provide a friendly atmosphere that fosters exchange.

Our offer
We offer a temporary employment contract for 10 hours per week for a period of 6 months. The preferred starting date is 1 August 2024. You will be employed through the secondment agency JobService.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,960 to € 4,670 (scale 10). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. The UFO profile Teacher 4 is applicable. For this position we can not sponsor a visa. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:
  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • Multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • A complete educational program for PhD students;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • Partly paid parental leave;
  • The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • The possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • Help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.

About us
The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) is a dynamic educational organization that works on innovative education. The IIS provides interdisciplinary courses such as bachelor's degrees in Beta-gamma and Future Planet Studies and the master's degrees in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Forensic Science. In addition, the IIS develops various programs for interdisciplinary honours and elective education and the IIS Education Lab sets up various innovative projects every year. At the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, you will find yourself in a challenging workplace with varied activities and room for your own initiative and development.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

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Job application
If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 17 June 2024.

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):
  • A detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • A letter of motivation.

A knowledge security check can be part of the selection procedure.
(for details: national knowledge security guidelines)

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the course of the week starting 17 June.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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University of Amsterdam (UvA)


  • Education
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 10 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • 13074


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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