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Associate Professor Educational Sciences, with a focus on Higher Education

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
01 October 2019
Closing date
01 December 2019

19 more days to apply

The ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching, is looking for an

Associate Professor Educational Sciences, with a focus on Higher Education 

Key responsibilities
The candidate will be appointed as Associate Professor and tailor-made arrangements will be made for a period of 5 years maximum with the aim to reach a tenured professorship. Key responsibilities include:  

  • Educational leadership and management;
  • Contribute to educational quality and educational policies of Leiden University;
  • Guiding the board of the university, faculties, program directors and staff of Leiden University on educational issues;
  • Establishing and maintaining good relationships with staff of the various faculties within Universiteit Leiden, aimed at cooperation in research on teaching;
  • Represent ICLON in higher education policies;
  • Able and willing to chair the department of Higher Education of ICLON;
  • Able and willing to act as Scientific Director of ICLON in the future.

Specific research tasks:

  • Conducting scientific research on higher education, in particular related to teaching and teacher learning in educational innovations;
  • Developing the ICLON research programme Teaching and Teacher Learning, in particular in the domain of higher education, together with the other professors of ICLON;
  • Supervising researchers and PhD candidates who work within the ICLON research programme, in many cases together with professors from the faculties in Leiden University;
  • Acquiring external funds to start new research projects.

Teaching and consultancy tasks:

  • Acquiring educational consultancy and teacher training projects;
  • Performing educational consultancy projects;
  • Providing research-based workshops and short courses for university staff on educational issues.

Selection criteria

  • PhD in educational sciences and well informed about international developments in research in Higher Education;
  • Thorough and up to date knowledge of, and practical experience with, teaching in higher education. The candidate is well informed about the Dutch educational system;
  • Excellent social skills to connect with all stakeholders at Leiden University;
  • The candidate has an excellent track record as a researcher, apparent from a large number of international (ISI) publications, preferably in the domain of teaching in higher education;
  • Successful in starting new research, including acquiring of funds for new projects;
  • Experience with supervising numerous PhD candidates until the completion of their theses;
  • Active in the (inter)national research community, for instance, by board memberships of research associations, or by memberships of editorial boards of international peer reviewed journals;
  • Excellent and elaborate knowledge of, and experience with, a wide range of research methods, both qualitative and quantitative;
  • Experience in management and governing responsibilities;
  • The candidate is an excellent teacher and is able to communicate scientific knowledge to the general public;
  • Experience in collaboration in research, teaching, and management;
  • Fluent speaker in English and in Dutch.

Our organisation
ICLON connects theory and practice of teaching through the application of academic knowledge to issues of classroom practice. Also, issues of practice form the starting point for research in, and development of, secondary and higher education. ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching, is a unit between faculties within Leiden University. It has a Governing Council in which three faculties of the university participate. There are approximately 100 employees who work in 2 departments (Department of Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education) and an administrative unit. ICLON does scientific research and provides undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education and in-service teacher training, together with services pertaining to educational design and innovation, staff development and organizational development. These services are organized on behalf of Leiden University, colleges of higher professional education and secondary schools. More information: http://www.iclon.nl.

Terms and conditions
You will be appointed as associate professor. This initial appointment will be for 5 years. Tailor-made arrangements will be made for a period of 5 years maximum to reach a tenured professorship. After positive evaluation, you will receive a tenured professorship. Salary range from €5,039.- to €6,738.- gross per month, based on a full-time position (pay scale 13/14), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%) and training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information: Job application procedure and employment conditions.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to the secretary of the research programme, Jossi Gijzen, email: jgijzen@iclon.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than 1 December 2019 via the blue button in our application system.

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