Tutorial teachers / Bachelor thesis supervisors (Political Science)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Tutorial teachers / Bachelor thesis supervisors (Political Science)
  • University Graduate
The bachelor programme Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
Since September 2016, the John Stuart Mill College of VU Amsterdam offers an international bachelor programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). The PPE programme (www.vu.nl/ppe) is a joint initiative of three faculties of VU Amsterdam. As tutorial teacher/thesis supervisor you will work in the College with a team of colleagues in the same role.

FTE:         0,2 - 0,4

Job description

The position involves two closely related tasks: teaching a tutorial in April 2020 and supervising the writing of bachelor theses in May-June (with a retake opportunity in July).

Your duties
In the role of tutorial teacher, you will supervise a group (or two groups) of 4 students studying literature on a particular theme in political science. The theme is chosen by you and can be close to your own research interests. The tutorial is concluded with a brief writing assignment (a literature review).
In the role of thesis supervisor, you will guide the same group of students in their research for and writing of a bachelor thesis. You will have regular meetings with the group and with individual students, giving them advice and feedback on their drafts. At the end of the semester (end of June, beginning of July), you will grade the theses using a prepared format.


  • A completed (or nearly completed) PhD degree in Political Science (or a closely related discipline)
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • The ability to work in a team as well as independently
  • The ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Experience in teaching and thesis supervision is appreciated but not strictly required for the position
Further particulars
Successful applicants can be appointed either for 0,2 FTE (one tutorial and thesis group) or for 0,4 FTE (two tutorial and thesis groups). The starting date is no later than 30 March 2020 and the end date is 31 July 2020. We offer an exciting opportunity to contribute to an ambitious and international bachelor programme with highly motivated students, at a renowned research university. You will receive guidance for your tasks by the PPE core staff.

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 job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.2 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 3 months, 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:8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus

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.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with illegal immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these 'wicked problems': alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 24 February 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. P. Overeem
Position:Programme Coordinator Politics at PPE
E-mail: p.overeem@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)20 598 8809

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