Junior lecturer

Faculty of Science – Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies

Publication date
5 June 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,588 to €4,757 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
Closing date
24 June 2018
8 to 9 hours per week
Vacancy number

Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS)

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies is a medium-sized educational institute of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) within the Faculty of Science. In the past years the need for interdisciplinarity within science and society increased. We organize a variety of interdisciplinary education among which the research master Brain and Cognitive Sciences. This research master, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is organized in close affiliation with the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center.

Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC)

The Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center of the University of Amsterdam is an interdisciplinary research platform of the UvA. In this center, selected research groups from different faculties have joined efforts to study and teach the field of Brain and Cognition.

Research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences

The research master Brain and Cognitive Sciences aims to train specialized researchers who are also aware of theories and methods in adjacent fields. It therefore attracts students from a wide variety of disciplines studying brain and mind and offers a research-intensive learning environment. This environment is complemented by courses that focus on interdisciplinary exchange, understanding and integration.

Job description

 We are looking for two Junior Lecturers/Docent 4 for the course 'Special Topic in Cognitive Science' of the research master Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

'Special Topic in Cognitive Science' is a course in the first year of the master’s programme and consists of weekly sessions throughout both semesters, starting end of October. During the course, students are stimulated and challenged to address the field of cognition from an interdisciplinary perspective to enable and create an interdisciplinary attitude. The coordinating junior lecturer will help students to develop their academic, collaborative and problem-solving skills at a master's degree level, with a focus on critical, interdisciplinary thinking.

We use 'Special Topic in Cognitive Science' as a vehicle to help students understand:

  • the nature and importance of interdisciplinarity in the field of brain and cognitive sciences;
  • what their personal set of knowledge and skills can offer the field, and what others have to offer them;
  • the limits and opportunities offered by different disciplinary perspectives;
  • how to collaborate with others who have different perspectives/backgrounds;
  • how to integrate knowledge from different subfields within brain and cognitive sciences.


  • Set-up, develop, construct and teach workgroups, in close collaboration with your fellow junior lecturers;
  • (further) develop assignments and exercises;
  • evaluate, give feedback on and assess assignments and exercises (critical thinking, presentation, think tank, interdisciplinary group assignment);
  • help improve students' academic skills (writing, presenting, reflecting, critical thinking, giving feedback etc.);
  • monitor the students’ improvement in the development of their professional skills (writing and presentation skills, teamwork) and stimulate them to face personal challenges;
  • stimulate students’ interdisciplinary and pro-active attitude;
  • coordinate the team of three junior lecturers by dividing tasks, keeping the administration for the course, scheduling workgroups and maintaining contact with external parties and programme management.

The classes take place on Tuesday evenings 19h-21h. You have to be available for teaching on that evening. Exceptions are on 7 and 8 February, and on 21 May 2019, when the teaching will be during the day.

In addition to this position, the junior lecturer/tutor also teaches three workgroups in the kick-off week. The kick-off will be in the week of 3 September 2018.


Ideally, you should fulfill the following criteria:

  • a Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science or a related discipline;
  • a background and interest in interdisciplinary education and thinking within this field;
  • good didactic skills and (preferably) didactic experience;
  • the ability to coach students through interdisciplinary group work and create dialogue;
  • the ability to create a safe working environment for students;
  • excellent organization and communication skills;
  • fluent command of the English language;
  • creative and proactive;
  • the ability to work independently as well as in a team with different personalities,

Further information

For more information about the position you may contact:


The appointment will be on temporary basis for a period of 12 months, starting 1 August 2018. Upon adequate functioning, the appointment can be prolonged. The gross monthly salary is in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,588 up to a maximum of €4084 (scale 10) based on a full-time contract (38 hours per week) and will be determined based on prior experience. Furthermore there is an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus.. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. 

For international candidates, you need to be eligible to work in The Netherlands, we cannot sponsor candidates for this position.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may submit your application, including a resume and a letter of motivation, no later than 24 June (23:59 h) 2018 using the link below. Please quote vacancy number 18-326 in the subject line. 

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The interviews will be held the first week of July 2018. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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