Post-doc and lecturer / Assistant professor Global Health

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Post-doc and lecturer / Assistant professor Global Health
  • Doctorate
Do you have a Phd preferably in one of the discipline(s) of global health? We would like to hear from you. Please apply to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8

Job description

Research focusing on one or more themes within Athena’s research program on global health, e.g. sexual and reproductive health, health system innovation, health policy, and community-based, participatory research. Acquisition is an important part of your work.
You also contribute to teaching in diverse bachelor and master courses and programs coordinated by the Athena Institute on a variety of subjects such as health policy, policy, politics and participation. The language of instruction in the bachelor programs is Dutch (apart from the minor program) and the master programs are taught in English.


  • a PhD degree preferably in one of the discipline(s) of global health – an interdisciplinary background integrating natural sciences and social sciences
  • research experience in the cross-cutting and multi-level approach of global health
  • expertise in interactive and participatory research methods and are open to transdisciplinary research work
  • have published in refereed international journals or books
  • have potential for, or experience with, obtaining research grants
  • hold a network of relevant international contacts
  • write and speak Dutch and English fluently
  • are a team player
  • have excellent teaching skills and you are an engaged and inspiring lecturer, as proven by student-evaluations;  have a basic qualification in teaching for Dutch universities ('BKO')
  • have previous experience with problem-based teaching methods
  • are capable to supervise a theoretical thesis, projects and internships (for example, you received positive evaluations from students).​​​​

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 €3,389 (scale 10-5) and a maximum €4,978 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. Scale 11 is only accessible for candidates with BKO qualification and sufficient teaching experience, scientific publications and research acquisition (Assistant Professor).

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 letter of motivation before 13 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: Prof. dr. J.E.W. Broerse
Position: Professor of Innovation and Communication in the Health and Life Sciences and Director of the Athena Institute

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