Junior researcher and lecturer in patient involvement and inclusive collaborations in health care and research

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Junior researcher and lecturer in patient involvement and inclusive collaborations in health care and research
  • University Graduate
Are you interested in contributing to and studying transformation? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0,8

Job description

We offer the position of a junior researcher and lecturer in patient involvement and inclusive collaborations in health care and research. The Athena Institute’s research programme aims to contribute to the improvement of health and well-being in a sustainable and equitable way by studying and designing inclusive, multi-stakeholder, innovation processes. The way (public) organisations are able to respond to changes in their environment and take part in, and accommodate, inclusive innovation processes is of growing importance and an expanding area of research.
You will contribute to three research projects which all aim to realise more patient centered health care or research. Their approaches differ. One research project aims to realise more impactful health research via the involvement of patients in research agenda setting. The other research projects study and facilitate change within health (and welfare) organisations towards more client centeredness. To realise this, we support them to enhance the reflexive capacity of the teams and professionals through interactive evaluation methodologies. All research should be considered in the light of system innovation and transition management. There are possibilities to start a PhD track when functioning is excellent.
The position involves contributing to this research area for 50% of the time and teaching in various courses offered by the Athena Institute for the other 50%.
The teaching activities are part of courses and programs coordinated by the Athena Institute on a variety of subjects of management and policy in the field of health and life sciences. The language of instruction is English.

Your duties
  • applying interactive monitoring and evaluation methodologies and designing and facilitating focus groups discussions and reflection sessions as part of change processes in health organisations or research institutions
  • teaching the wide variety of courses offered by the Athena Institute which include workgroup coaching, assisting in course coordination and daily supervision of students during their internships in the research project of the candidate


  • a MSc degree (GPA>7,5), preferably with knowledge in the field of system innovation, science & technology studies, patient involvement, organisational change (including communities of practice, reflective practitioners), knowledge co-creation or other fields that show an integrated social sciences and natural sciences background
  • preferably have expertise in both qualitative and participatory research methods and be open to transdisciplinary research work
  • a team player
  • teaching experience
  • fluent in Dutch and English in word and speech

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 2.709,- and a maximum of € 4.274,- in accordance with salary scale 10, based on full-time employment and 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 appointment will initially be for a period of one year with a possible extension conditional upon assessment of adequate functioning.
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 personalised benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

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.

Athena Institute
The position is offered within the Athena Institute, Faculty of Science. The institute’s mission is to study and design interfaces between science and society. How to organise an inclusive multi-stakeholder innovation process which contributes to solving complex societal challenges? This requires an understanding of the dynamics within and between science and society; methodologies (principles and heuristics) that can guide inclusive multi-stakeholder innovation processes; strategies that can sustain and upscale such processes; methodologies to monitor and evaluate such innovation processes; as well as approaches to train students and professionals in these methodologies.



Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 10 March 2020.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Dr. C.A.C.M. Pittens
Position: Assistant Professor Patient involvement
E-mail: c.a.c.m.pittens@vu.nl

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