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Do you have a PhD and would you like to supervise internships for Bachelor and/or Master students who are conducting research on topics surrounding science and society? Do you have experience with multi-stakeholder processes that contribute to addressi...

Job description

We are looking for internship supervisors for our Bachelor and Master students who (through ways of digital communication) can supervise our students as they research topics surrounding science and society. You are available from the month February – June (with a possible extension until July/August), for a half day to two days a week. Depending on your expertise and FTE-availability you will supervise students from one or more of the following courses:
  • Bachelor in Health and Life Sciences (you will guide students through the different phases of research: theoretical preparation, literature review, practical activities (such as data collection), statistical analyses, writing a report and holding an oral presentation. Contact person for questions: Evelien de Hoop (
  • Research Master Global Health – RMGH students will carry out Mixed Methods research in Year 1, and Transdisciplinary research in year 2. You will guide students through preparing their research proposal, approval, and carrying out the research project, including data collection (interviews, focus groups, statistical analysis), writing a report and holding an oral presentation. We especially welcome supervisors with a background in Global Health or related disciplines, e.g. international public health, migrant health, health policy, sexual and reproductive health, disability/rehabilitation, humanitarian aid, etc. Contact person for questions: Mitzi Waltz (
  • Master Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in The Health and Life Sciences (MPA) – within this program there are five specialisations: Policy, Management and Entrepreneurship, Communication, International Public Health and Community-based Health Technologies. The internships are related to one of these disciplines. We especially welcome supervisors for the Management & Entrepreneurship specialisation, with an affinity for with management, transition processes, organizational change, consultancy etc. Contact person for questions: Durwin Lynch (

Examples of our Master internship topics for the GH and MPA programs can be found on the website of the Athena Science Shop. Your duties
  • Academically guiding students through the internship process by setting up weekly meetings (supporting the student in choosing the theoretical framework, methodology, data analysis, etc.)
  • Accommodate student feedback sessions
  • Attending VU supervisor meetings to ensure smooth supervision and to support each other
  • Provide feedback on internship reports
  • Mark reports, articles and presentations
  • Maintaining contact with the supervisors at the place of internship


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • A PhD, preferably related to the health and/or life sciences
  • An affinity with and/or knowledge of systems: participatory research, inter- and/or transdisciplinarity, multi-stakeholder processes
  • Affinity with and/or knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Able to supervise Literature Reviews and internships of students
  • Fluent Dutch writing and speaking skills (For Bachelor programs) and English (for Bachelor and Master programs)

Conditions of employment

An exciting position at a socially involved organization.
We prefer to work with freelancers.
The reimbursement for supervising a Master’s student is € 1.200,- per student (24 hours at 50,- during the February – July/August period) and for a Bachelor student it’s € 900,- per student (18 hours at 50,- during the March – May period). This rate includes an additional commitment as a second assessor for an internship report for a student that you do not supervise yourself. If you choose to assess more reports, this will be rewarded at 150,- per report. If you are unable to carry out your commitment as a second assessor, the rate for supervising a student will be € 1.050,- per student (Master) and € 750,- per student (Bachelor). In addition to this, 50,- can be claimed for any attended (and organized by VU) intervention with other internship supervisors.
All fees are exempt from VAT.

For current employees at VU there is a possibility to extend the existing appointment to the above mentioned period. Remuneration will then come in at a minimum scale of 10-5 (€4.036,- based on 1 fte) and a maximum scale of 10-12 (€ 5.090,- based on 1 fte), depending on the current salary scale.

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),
  • possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave,
  • child daycare facilities available on campus


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 31,000 students. We employ over 5,000 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
Working at the Faculty of Science means working together with students, PhD candidates and scientists who are focused on their discipline, yet also have a broad view of the world. We are proud of the collegial working environment within the faculty, which is characterised by an ambitious and pragmatic attitude with commitment to the bigger picture. At the Faculty of Science, scientists and students work on fundamental and complex social issues for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, from genetics to pharmaceuticals and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research cover the full breadth of the natural sciences. Scientific teaching and research is highly experimental, technical, computational and interdisciplinary in nature. This is why we collaborate extensively with leading research institutes and industry. The faculty has over 11,000 students studying across 40 educational programmes and employs over 1,600 staff spread over 10 scientific departments, making us the largest science faculty in the Netherlands.
Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
The position is offered within the Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences. The institute’s mission is to study and design interfaces between science and society to contribute both to a deeper understanding of innovation processes as well as a responsible implementation of research and innovation in society. Athena’s research program amongst other focuses on analysing complex global health challenges, designing interventions and conducting participatory monitoring and evaluation research. The section presently has a position vacant for a Postdoc/Lecturer.
For more information about the Athena Institute visit our website.


  • Lecturer
  • 3.8—15.2 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 16339


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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