Teacher Social Studies of Science and Medicine and Qualitative Research Methods

Teacher Social Studies of Science and Medicine and Qualitative Research Methods

Published Deadline Location
3 Jul 21 Jul Maastricht

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic Teacher Social Studies of Science and Medicine and Qualitative Research Methods to support our growing multidisciplinary department ‘Health Ethics and Society’(HES) at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.

Job description
Health landscapes, technologies, and systems are changing at unprecedented pace and pose new challenges for health care professionals. This is not merely a medical development, but health care changes are socially embedded, depend on existing social complexities and bring about new social relationships. To understand and guide these changes, constructive-critical thought that builds upon social and philosophical theories is crucial. In addition, qualitative research is important to analyse how stakeholders experience upcoming changes and which needs and desires they have. Insight in and reflection on local circumstances and the needs of diverse groups of citizens are essential for good health care.

We are looking for a Teacher Social Studies of Science of Medicine and Qualitative Research Methods who can provide teaching in the Bachelor Programs of Health Sciences, European Public Health, Medicine and the Master Global Health.

To ensure that education at the Bachelor level is attractive for students, teaching in social science and qualitative research methods is embedded in the mentioned curricula. That means as a teacher you will be closely collaborating also with colleagues from the respective health and medical disciplines.

As a teacher you are responsible for the development, coordination, maintenance and execution of up-to-date teaching. Your tasks cover teaching at the Bachelor and Master level and teaching will be both in Dutch and in English. Your teaching package will be determined on the basis of expertise, experience and availability, but some elements are key components such as a course on Qualitative Research for Health Science and Medicine students and on Social Science in the Bachelor of European Public Health.

Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Coordination of courses, independently and in teams;
  • Revising and updating existing teaching elements and the development of new courses and parts of the educational material;
  • Development and giving of lectures;
  • Supervision of teaching groups and trainings;
  • Development and administering of tests and exams.

  • You preferably hold a PhD in the Social sciences for example sociology, anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS) and related disciplines and have a proven interest in and experience with the health domain, or you hold a PhD in the health sciences and have a proven interest in and experience with the social dimensions of health care;
  • You have experience with teaching at the University level;
  • You are enthusiastic about interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • You are interested in the development of new forms of academic teaching and education;
  • You have the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or are willing to obtain it;
  • You have good communication and organization capacities;
  • You have good proficiency in Dutch and English, in speaking and writing.

What we offer
As a Teacher at Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 10 - 11 according to UFO profile Teacher, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €3226,00 and €5929,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 12 months with a scope of 0,8 FTE. Upon proven suitability, the employment contract will be converted to an indefinite contract.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.

The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University
Why work at Maastricht University?
At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

Click here for more information about UM.

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
At the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), everything revolves around healthy living. Our research and education are not solely focused on recovery, but place a strong emphasis on prevention, health preservation, and health promotion. Our aim is to use our knowledge and expertise to genuinely contribute to the well-being of individual people as well as society in total.

In, research, and healthcare, FHML is closely collaborating with the academic hospital in Maastricht, together forming the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+). FHML is strongly connected in education, research, and care with the Maastricht academic hospital, together with which it forms the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+).

FHML, which is the largest faculty of Maastricht University, is formed by an (inter)national community of employees and students. The faculty offers a wide range of Dutch and English-taught bachelor's and master's programs in innovative educational concepts in which the emphasis is always on building bridges to practice.

The multidisciplinary research of the FHML focuses on a number of carefully chosen topical current themes. In addition to research aimed at gaining new insights, it also concerns research whose results can be directly translated into concrete applications and innovations. The implementation of the various research programs is organized in our six graduate schools and two institutes.

Department Health Ethics and Society
The Department Health, Ethics and Society (also known as Metamedica) is part of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Lifesciences. Our team is dynamic and multidisciplinary in nature, with contributions from a range of health humanities disciplines, including ethics, law, sociology, anthropology, history, and philosophy. Its central ambition is to contribute to critical reflection on developments in biomedical science and healthcare through education and research, both locally and internationally/global.

Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact D. Horstkötter, d.horstkoetter@maastrichtuniversity.nl for more information.

Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new Teacher? Apply now, no later than 21 July, for this position.

Please upload your CV and motivation letter.

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • Education
  • Health
  • max. 30.4 hours per week
  • €3226—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1120


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