Junior Lecturer in Energy Sciences (1.0 FTE)

Junior Lecturer in Energy Sciences (1.0 FTE)

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25 Jun 7 Jul Utrecht

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Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic new colleague to teach in the Master's programme Energy Science, and also contribute to teaching in the Master's Sustainable Development and the Bachelor's Global Sustainability Science.  
You will work as a Junior Lecturer in the Energy and Resources group of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. Together with your colleagues, you will contribute to teaching and organizing the Master's and Bachelor's courses, including:

  • natural science courses (e.g., Advanced Energy Analysis, Energy Conversion Technologies 1& 2,   Energy Systems Modelling, Life Cycle Assessment, Applied Thermodynamics and Energy Conversions);
  • interdisciplinary sustainability courses (e.g., Consultancy project, Perspectives on Sustainable Development);
  • and individual student supervision (e.g., Bachelor’s theses and Master’s internships).

Your work will largely consist of helping with tutorials, practicals and group supervision, but possibly also to provide a few lectures. To develop yourself as a teacher, you can follow didactic training. It may also be possible to pursue the base qualification teaching (BKO) of Utrecht University.    
Moreover, we allocate 30% of your time to contributing to our research programme in the first two years and 20% in year 3 and 4. This can be done by writing an article based on your thesis, by assisting senior staff members in research projects or to reach out to societal stakeholders. Depending on the qualification and performance of the candidate and the availability of funding, the position can also be adapted after one or two years to pursue a PhD.  

We are especially keen on candidates who have a passion for teaching and an interest in scientific research. We would like to welcome you in our team before 1 September 2021.


Utrecht University


As a successful candidate you will:
  • hold a Master’s degree (MSc) or a PhD in a relevant field, such as energy science or sustainable development (with a focus on energy and materials), or expect a degree soon;
  • preferably have experience with teaching in our own programmes, or in other programmes;
  • enjoy working with students;
  • have an interest in the research that matches our programmed research;
  • have excellent communication skills and be a team player.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for a period of four years. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €2,790 and €3,217 (scale 10.0-10.3 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and Sustainable Development.

The Copernicus Institute is part of the Faculty of Geosciences. The Copernicus Institute has been evaluated in a 2014 international review as the highest ranked research institute in environmental sciences in the Netherlands. Since then, the institute has intensified its efforts in maintaining a leading position, among other things by investing in several new international faculty appointments and by developing new, internationally oriented teaching programmes. 


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor; Education
  • Natural sciences
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2790—€3217 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1157710



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