Junior Researcher and Lecturer in Science Shops, RRI and Open Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Junior Researcher and Lecturer in Science Shops, RRI and Open Science
  • University Graduate
We are looking for a new colleague to participate in the EU-funded (H2020) INSPIRES project. If you are interested please apply to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8

Job description

This project aims to bring together practitioners and experts from across and beyond Europe to co-design, jointly pilot, implement and roll out innovative models for Science Shops (SS). In a previous phase of the project, together with our partners from Hungary, France, Spain, Italy, Bolivia and Tunis, we co-created and developed a framework of Science Shop processes aligned to the dimensions of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Open Science. In the current phase, we will develop training tools on participatory approaches, RRI and Open Science. For that, we will first identify the training needs of all the partners and next, co-develop training tools addressing those needs.
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%. Your teaching tasks are embedded in the wide variety of courses offered by the Athena Institute and include workgroup coaching, assisting in course coordination and daily supervision of students during their internships in the research project the candidate is involved in.


  • a MSc degree (GPA>7,5), preferably related to Management  Policy Analysis and entrepreneurship in de health and life sciences, Health sciences, or another master program related to the field of health and life sciences. Experience and interest in education or educational sciences is preferred
  • have expertise in qualitative research methods
  • preferably have experience in participatory approaches
  • preferably have experience with education and development of educational material
  • are open to transdisciplinary research work
  • are a team player
  • have some form of teaching experience
  • write and speak English fluently

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,709 (scale 10) and a maximum €4,274 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
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

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, 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.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before 12 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. Eduardo Urias
Position: Postdoc researcher / lecturer
E-mail: eduardo.munizpereiraurias@vu.nl

No agencies Meer informatie en solliciteren