Lecturer of Academic English

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Lecturer of Academic English
  • University Graduate
FTE: 0.2 - 0.5

Job description

The Academic Language Programme (ALP) of the Faculty of Humanities at VU Amsterdam is looking for two lecturers of Academic English, for a minimum of 0.2 fte and a maximum of 0.5 fte, starting January 1st, 2021. As a lecturer for ALP you will teach writing skills for students from different majors varying from History to Computer Science. In addition to teaching on the BA and MA levels, we are especially interested in a lecturer who could teach courses for PhD candidates.


  • a master's degree in English language and culture, or a related field
  • ample experience in teaching writing for university students
  • teaching experience with different academic disciplines
  • a PhD degree in a relevant field of linguistics is preferred but not required
  • availability for (potential) in-person teaching in Amsterdam; experience with online teaching

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On a full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,790 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,402 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile at the ‘Docent 4’ level  is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.2 FTE.

The initial employment contract will be for a period of 6 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:
  • 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)
  • 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. 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.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 1,300 students.

About ALP
The Academic Language Programme (www.fgw.vu.nl/alp) offers courses for a wide range of bachelor's and master's programmes at the VU as well as for PhD candidates. The ALP works together with directors of these programmes to optimize the teaching of language skills relevant to their disciplines.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until October 22, 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. G.A. (Gea) Dreschler
Position: programme manager of ALP English
E-mail: g.a.dreschler@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)20 5983429


Name: Prof. dr. A.J. (Alan) Cienki
Position: ALP academic director
E-mail: a.cienki@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)20-5986447

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