4 Assistant Professors Teacher Education and Educational Sciences (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)

HOURS PER WEEK: 32 to 40 | FACULTY: Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences | DEPARTMENT: Departement Educatie & Pedagogiek | APPLICATION DEADLINE: 16 May 2021


Job description

The Department of Education and Pedagogy, division Education has a vacancy for four assistant professors, two with a focus on teacher education and two with a focus on educational sciences.

We are looking for candidates who will carry out research within the research programme Education and Learning.

Furthermore, the candidates with a focus on teacher education that we are looking for, will primarily teach in:

  • the programmes for teacher education offered by the Utrecht University’s Graduate School of Teaching (GST);
  • the programmes for teacher education offered by GST, for second career teachers (‘zij-instromers’);
  • the Teacher Education programme for Primary Education at Bachelor’s level (Academische Lerarenopleiding Primair Onderwijs, in collaboration with HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht).

The candidates with a focus on educational sciences that we are looking for, will primarily teach in:  

  • the Bachelor degree programme in Educational Sciences and the Teacher Education programme for Primary Education;
  • the one-year Master degree programme in Educational Sciences;
  • the two-year Research Master degree programme in Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction (in collaboration with the Department of Special Education: Cognitive & Motor Disabilities).

Research programme
The research programme Education and Learning is aimed at studying the development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that individuals need for optimal participation in society, and how education can support this. The research focuses on how informal and formal education contexts from early childhood to adulthood provide powerful environments for learning and development across contexts. The research program actively participates in several of Utrecht University’s interdisciplinary and cross-faculty research focus areas and in the strategic research theme Dynamics of Youth.

Core tasks: 

  • In education, the assistant professor is involved in teaching, course development, assessment, course or programme evaluation, supervision of students, course or programme coordination.
  • In research, the assistant professor is involved in managing, and carrying out research projects, writing research proposals and contributing the acquisition of research funds and valorisation of research results.
  • In the organisation, the assistant professor takes part in/chairs working groups, committees or project teams in the department.

Specific tasks can include: 

  • coordinating and teaching degree courses;
  • supervising student and research projects and internships;
  • carry out assessments (‘geschiktheidsonderzoeken’) for prospective second career teacher education students;
  • serving on committees such as the Educational Committee or the Board of Examiners;
  • participating in local, regional and national projects concerning teacher education;
  • carrying out and supervising research projects;
  • contributing to the acquisition of research funding for the benefit of the research programme;
  • contributing to the dissemination of the research results and its applications to the research community as well as the general public.


We are looking for someone who:

  • holds a PhD degree and has research experience in one of the sciences relevant for education (Educational or Learning Sciences, Educational Technology, Psychology, or Pedagogy;
  • holds a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) from a Dutch or foreign university, or is willing to acquire this qualification in the near future;
  • fulfils the criteria for admission to the Interuniversity Centre for Educational Sciences (ICO);
  • is creative and productive in his or her scientific work, as for instance evidenced by publications in (international) peer reviewed journals;
  • has excellent teaching skills and has experience in one or more of the domains relevant for the degree programmes of the division;
  • is able to contribute to the acquisition of external research funding for the benefit of the research programme. Experience in acquiring personal grants (e.g. Rubicon, Veni) is an advantage;
  • is demonstrably effective in supervising students and PhD candidates;
  • has an eye for the modernisation of teaching methods, and can apply own research expertise to teaching;
  • is committed, collegial, inspiring and approachable;
  • is native speaking or proficient in Dutch or willing to learn Dutch within a short period of time and has a good command of the English language.

For the assistant professors with a focus on teacher education who need to be proficient in Dutch the following additional qualifications are preferable:

  • research experience in teacher education, and more in particular in second career teachers;
  • experience as a teacher in primary and secondary education;
  • a qualification for teaching in primary or secondary education;


We offer a position on a temporary basis for a period of two years (0.8-1.0 full time equivalent), which will be made permanent after a positive evaluation. The salary will range from a minimum of €3,746  to a maximum of €5,826 per month based on a full-time appointment (i.e. salary scale 11/12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, we offer attractive and flexible secondary terms of employment  such as an annual holiday pay of 8%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year and partially paid parental leave. We also provide an attractive working environment and a vibrant research climate. For more information visit Working at Utrecht University.

About the organisation

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.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading Faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in Interdisciplinary Social Science, Cultural Anthropology, Educational Sciences, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology. More than 5,600 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.

Additional information

For more information about the two positions with a focus on teacher education, please contact dr. Martine van Rijswijk via m.m.vanrijswijk@uu.nl  or prof Jan van Tartwijk  via j.vantartwijk@uu.nl.

For more information on the two positions with a focus on educational sciences, please contact prof Liesbeth Kester via l.kester@uu.nl.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.

Interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams and are scheduled to take place in the first half of June.

The application deadline is 16 May 2021.