Tutor Mechanical Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Tutor Mechanical Engineering
  • University Graduate
Do you have experience and affinity with teaching undergraduate students? Do you like to mentor students? Do you enjoy being part of the team of a teaching program that recently started? Then, please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0,5 - 0,7

Job description

In the Mechanical Engineering (ME) programme, ‘project-driven learning’ and ‘self-directed learning’ are key teaching approaches that allow the students to learn and grow, under the guidance of a tutor. In the program, theoretical courses are given parallel to projects in which 6 to 8 students apply the knowledge obtained to together solve an engineering problem.
As tutor your main responsibilities lie in the guidance of the students’ learning process and their working together in a group.

1) Stimulating and supporting the learning process
In your role as tutor your job is to help students with:
  • Exploring the prior knowledge: what did they learn and are they on track with the project
  • Researching if they have a clear understanding of the subject(s) or project assignment
  • Creativity; by stimulating students to formulate ideas, statements, hypothesis, interpretations
  • Discussing their argumentation, choices, applications in the project, e.g.
  • Checking if the content is clear and if not, redirect them to the lecturer
  • Reflecting on the project approach and the way information is retrieved and applied (plagiarism, sources etc..)
2) Stimulating and supporting the group process
In your role as a tutor your job is to help students with:
  • Clarifying the framework in which the project group has to work: appointments, agreements, participation, (turning) group roles, presence e.g
  • Fulfilment of agreements in the project group
  • Anticipating on problematic behaviour by group members through coaching a discussion on the topics of concern, a feedback session with project team members to come to solutions
Evaluating the group process with team members, satisfaction, cooperation and participation, discuss alternatives to improve cooperation;


  • M.Sc. degree or PhD in physics, engineering or a closely related field
  • Knowledge of and experience with teaching B.Sc. students in a related educational program
  • Good English language skills since the program is primarily taught in English

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 €2,790 (scale 10)
and a maximum €5,127 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.5 FTE.

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
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge

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. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

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.

About the Mechanical Engineering program
In September 2019, the University of Twente (UT) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) started the joint-bachelor programme Mechanical Engineering in Amsterdam. The objective is to provide an academic programme in Engineering in the vicinity of Amsterdam. The bachelor is based on the “UT educational model” in which (design-)projects form the backbone of the programme. About 60 students took part in the first year and studied mostly at VU, but also benefited from occasional visits to the UT campus, combining both of best worlds.

You will be embedded in the group of teaching staff of the department of Physics and Astronomy. Your colleagues will be primarily focused on teaching practical courses to physics related programs but will be valuable sparring partners for you.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until September 6, 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Petra Erne
Position: department manager - VU Natuur- en Sterrenkunde
E-mail: p.m.m.erne@vu.nl
Telephone: 0205982263

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