Junior lecturer (juniordocent) Master’s Programme Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Junior lecturer (juniordocent) Master’s Programme Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

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26 Jan 1 Apr Amsterdam

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We are looking for a colleague who is passionate about education and dedicated to support the VU/UvA joint degree Master's programme for Bioinformatics and Systems Biology .

Job description

As junior lecturer you will be involved in various teaching and organizational activities. You will work together with coordinators, lecturers and other junior lecturers in the VU/UvA joint-degree Master's programme Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. We are specifically looking for candidates who have a strong affinity with all aspects related to the field of Bioinformatics, including programming, molecular & cell biology, mathematics and statistics, machine learning, workflows, quantitative data analysis, and algorithmics.

You will be encouraged to develop your personal professional academic teaching skills and to build a portfolio to prepare for various career paths. To this end, you will also acquire the "basic teaching qualification" at the university level (UTQ or BKO) and you will have the opportunity to follow relevant teaching modules provided by the Teaching & Learning Center.

The junior lecturer position is placed at the Computer Science department (VU) and is immediately available with a start somewhere in Spring 2023. Your daily supervisor will be dr. Anton Feenstra (VU).

Your duties
Jointly with the other members of the teaching organization, you will:
  • be actively involved in teaching and course development in the bioinformatics track
  • assist in coordination and administrative tasks of the masters' programme
  • contribute to the development of academic skills and community-building activities in courses and internships
  • help further improve teaching quality in the programme
  • contribute to promotional activities of the programme


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


You have a Master degree in a field related to Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics or Systems Biology, and proven affinity with teaching. You also:
  • have a zest for disseminating skills and knowledge
  • are fluent in English
  • have strong oral and written communication skills
  • possess good organisational and social skills, and can work with diverse international students
  • can easily collaborate in teams (of both junior and senior teachers) and also work independently
  • have skills in mathematics and scientific programming in R and Python
  • experience as a teaching assistant or comparable work experience is a pre

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,960 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,670 (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 0.6 FTE.

A full Junior Lecturer Trajectory is 4 years including 2 months probation, and cannot be extended beyond this period. This position therefore does not lead to permanent employment.

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 and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


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 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 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 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 more than 11,000 students.


  • Lecturer
  • 22.8—38 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • 13627


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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