Junior Teacher Mechanical Engineering

Junior Teacher Mechanical Engineering

Published Deadline Location
14 Oct 28 Oct Amsterdam
Have you recently graduated in the field of mechanical engineering or (applied) physics? Are you interested in designing, coordinating, and teaching courses in Mechanical Engineering? Please apply to the Science Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Job description

The joint-bachelor program Mechanical Engineering in Amsterdam by the University of Twente (UT) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) has already run successfully for two years now. It provides an educational program in Engineering in the vicinity of Amsterdam. The bachelor is based on the “Twente educational model” in which (design) projects form the program's backbone. Students work collaboratively on this project during a semester, and the other courses support the projects. During the project, the students have to cooperate with their peers to solve problems similar to professional engineers. As a junior lecturer in mechanical engineering, you will be involved in teaching and designing different courses. Initially this will be under supervision, with more independence upon completion of the University Teaching Qualification. Furthermore, you will support colleagues in other courses when needed and will supervise project groups throughout each semester.  You will also have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge, to commit academic innovations and to build up a portfolio in the context of education for future employment in various fields (for example secondary education teacher, educational innovation or policy HBO/WO, or education professional in the business world). The trajectory focuses on personal development, development as a teacher and academic development. As standard in our faculty, junior teachers are offered an extensive training programme.   Your duties
  • You will design and provide lectures/tutorials for specific parts within content-related courses, e.g. modelling and programming, and mechatronics related courses such as 'Structural Dynamics', 'System Analysis' and 'Control Engineering'
  • You will support other lecturers by designing materials such as a course reader, giving lectures, or coordinating parts of a course (examples of courses included 'Project & Academic Skills' and 'Continuous assessment')
  • You will act as a tutor to provide students with content- and process-oriented support in different stages of the educational program


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • You have obtained a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering or (applied) Physics or you are a qualified teacher in physics (eerstegraads bevoegd). Any other physics- or engineering-related degree can be discussed
  • You are interested in the educational program of Mechanical Engineering
  • You have excellent skills with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), can work with LaTeX and Matlab (or comparable coding software), and you have experience with Solidworks (or similar 3D-sketching software)
  • You have strong organizational and collaborative skills (e.g., meetings, events, long term projects, educational planning)
  • You have excellent social skills and have an affinity with mentoring students 
  • You have strong communicative skills in English (all educational activities are in English)
  • You live in the Netherlands and can be present at the VU in Amsterdam regularly for the purpose of the above-mentioned duties that are part of your work

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 50 months.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,836 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,474 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The employment contract will affect a period of 50 months with a 2 months probationary period. An extention of the contract is not possible. 

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance
  • 8.3% end-of-year bonus 
  • solid pension scheme (ABP), possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave,
  • child daycare facilities available on campus


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 endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

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.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.
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 e.g. active learning. You will perform your duties for the faculty within the iH2LS team.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until October 28th. The job interviews are planned for the 4th of November between 13.00 and 17.00 and will take place via Zoom. If possible, please take this into account when applying for the position.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Dr. Jacqueline van Muijlwijk-Koezen. 
E-mail: j.e.van.muijlwijk-koezen@vu.nl

No agencies


  • Education
  • Engineering
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €2836—€4474 per month
  • University graduate
  • 8411


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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Make sure to apply no later than 28 Oct 2021 23:58 (Europe/Amsterdam).