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Junior Teacher Mechanical Engineering

Have you recently graduated in the field of mechanical engineering or (applied) physics? Are you interested in designing, coordinating, and teaching courses in Mechanical Engineering? Please apply to the Science Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 32 uur
€ 2836 - € 4474 per maand


The joint-bachelor program Mechanical Engineering in Amsterdam by the University of Twente (UT) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) has already run successfully for two years now. It provides an educational program in Engineering in the vicinity of Amsterdam. The bachelor is based on the “Twente educational model” in which (design) projects form the program's backbone. Students work collaboratively on this project during a semester, and the other courses support the projects. During the project, the students have to cooperate with their peers to solve problems similar to professional engineers. As a junior lecturer in mechanical engineering, you will be involved in teaching and designing different courses. Initially this will be under supervision, with more independence upon completion of the University Teaching Qualification. Furthermore, you will support colleagues in other courses when needed and will supervise project groups throughout each semester. You will also have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge, to commit academic innovations and to build up a portfolio in the context of education for future employment in various fields (for example secondary education teacher, educational innovation or policy HBO/WO, or education professional in the business world). The trajectory focuses on personal development, development as a teacher and academic development. As standard in our faculty, junior teachers are offered an extensive training programme. Your duties

  • You will design and provide lectures/tutorials for specific parts within content-related courses, e.g. modelling and programming, and mechatronics related courses such as 'Structural Dynamics', 'System Analysis' and 'Control Engineering'
  • You will support other lecturers by designing materials such as a course reader, giving lectures, or coordinating parts of a course (examples of courses included 'Project & Academic Skills' and 'Continuous assessment')
  • You will act as a tutor to provide students with content- and process-oriented support in different stages of the educational program


  • You have obtained a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering or (applied) Physics or you are a qualified teacher in physics (eerstegraads bevoegd). Any other physics- or engineering-related degree can be discussed
  • You are interested in the educational program of Mechanical Engineering
  • You have excellent skills with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), can work with LaTeX and Matlab (or comparable coding software), and you have experience with Solidworks (or similar 3D-sketching software)
  • You have strong organizational and collaborative skills (e.g., meetings, events, long term projects, educational planning)
  • You have excellent social skills and have an affinity with mentoring students
  • You have strong communicative skills in English (all educational activities are in English)
  • You live in the Netherlands and can be present at the VU in Amsterdam regularly for the purpose of the above-mentioned duties that are part of your work


A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,836 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,474 (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 0.8 FTE.

The employment contract will affect a period of 50 months with a 2 months probationary period. An extention of the contract is not possible.

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
  • 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP), possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave,
  • child daycare facilities available on campus

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until October 28th. The job interviews are planned for the 4th of November between 13.00 and 17.00 and will take place via Zoom. If possible, please take this into account when applying for the position.

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. Jacqueline van Muijlwijk-Koezen.
E-mail: j.e.van.muijlwijk-koezen@vu.nl

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