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Full Professor of Educational Sciences (0.8-1.0 fte)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has a position for a Full Professor of Educational Sciences. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

11 maanden geleden


Landelijk / geen vaste standplaats
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 40 uur
€ 5334 - € 7766 per maand


The section Education that is part of the Department of Behavioural Sciences of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Utrecht University is looking for a full professor.


You will have a leading position in the research programme Education and Learning. This research programme focuses on processes in education. This applies to the moment-to-moment interaction processes in the learning environment (with the learning materials, other learners, and teachers), the development of learners on a larger time-scale and the conditions for such learning. In the programme, education and learning is studied in a framework that integrates neurocognitive, affective, physical, social and cultural factors. Education and Learning is studied in both informal and formal education settings, and during key phases of the life course.

The research programme Education and Learning is carried out collaboratively by the section Education and the section Special Education: Cognitive & Motor Disabilities. It constitutes one of the five research priority clusters of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Utrecht University. It is the core of Utrecht University’s research focus area Education for Learning Societies. Moreover, this programme takes part in one of Utrecht University’s four strategic themes: Dynamics of Youth.

The domain has been defined broadly to give the selection committee the opportunity to select the best possible candidate within the entire domain of Educational Sciences. Ideally, you will have expertise that is complementary to the existing chairs in the section Education. Given equal qualifications, preference will therefore be given to a candidate with a focus on (teacher) professional learning/development in schools or organizations, on assessment and evaluation, or on social and motivational processes in the classroom.


You will, depending on your background, teach in one or more of the undergraduate and graduate programmes in which the section Education participates:

  • the undergraduate programme Educational Sciences (Onderwijswetenschappen), which includes the Academic Teacher Education Programme for Primary Education (Academische Lerarenopleiding Primair Onderwijs, ALPO);
  • the university’s teacher education programmes for secondary education (undergraduate minor and one-year master programme), organised in the university’s Graduate School of Teaching, a cooperation of five faculties involved in the preparation of teachers;
  • the academic master programme Educational Sciences (Onderwijswetenschappen);
  • the two-year research master programme Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction.

You will also participate in supervising PhD students in Educational Sciences and contribute to PhD Education in the context of the Faculty and national Research School ICO.


You will be a member of the management team of the section Education and you’ll have administrative and managerial duties regarding personnel in the chair and at the level of the Department and/or Faculty. You will provide (academic) leadership for the staff of the section in research and teaching programmes.


You should have the following qualifications. If you are a talented associate professor who does not yet meet all of these qualifications, but expects to be able to meet them within a period of 3-5 years, is also invited to apply, in which case you might be offered a career track position towards this chair.


  • Extensive experience with and enthusiasm for teaching and student supervision;
  • Excellent teaching skills;
  • Experience and leadership in curriculum development at all levels: undergraduate, graduate and PhD programmes;
  • Proven success in supervising PhD students;
  • Knowledge of the fields where graduates of the educational programmes work.


  • Knowledge of the broad domain of the Educational Sciences and Educational Psychology;
  • PhD in Education or a relevant associated discipline;
  • Outstanding research achievements demonstrated by an excellent publication record, including first author papers in high impact journals;
  • High visibility, scientific impact and strong international reputation;
  • A prominent network of international cooperative relationships and participation in international consortia for scientific research;
  • Proven ability to obtain external funding.

Academic leadership

  • Excellent interpersonal, social and communicative skills: a team player;
  • Excellent organisational and management skills;
  • Experience in regular department/faculty duties;
  • Active role in leading (national and international) activities in the area of the chair and participation in scientific communities;
  • Clear and proven interest in societal problems and ambition to engage in a societal debate based on scientific expertise;
  • Ability to communicate well with the outside world of the university (politics, public administration, commerce, societal organizations, consultation boards) in order to highlight the profile of the research group;
  • Because of the above point, you are someone with excellent skills both in English and Dutch, or you are willing to learn Dutch.


In principle we offer a tenured position (but depending on qualifications a temporary appointment followed by tenure may be offered) for 0.8 – 1.0 FTE. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €5,334 and €7,766 (salary scale H2, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment) gross per month for a full-time position. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). You’ll find more information about working at Utrecht University here.

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Additionele informatie

Would you like additional information about this position? Then please contact the chair of the search committee, Prof Tamara van Gog via t.vangog@uu.nl or +31(0)30 253 3689. A profile report of the Chair (in Dutch: Structuurrapport) is available upon request.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, colleagues from various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the Netherlands.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in interdisciplinary social science, cultural anthropology, educational sciences, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Research and teaching activities are concentrated in five areas: Behaviour in Social Contexts; Child and Adolescent Studies; Cognitive and Clinical Psychology; Education and Learning; and Methodology and Statistics.

More than 5,600 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 850 Faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues